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Kitchen Layout Ideas That Work!

Lydia Berger

Kitchen Layout Ideas

If you’re planning a kitchen, there are a few essential kitchen layout ideas you need to keep in mind as you’re designing and planning. You may have your cabinets, flooring, tile, appliances, and paint all selected. But what makes a kitchen livable has little to do with the way it looks, and everything to do with functionality. Before you make any big decisions or get carried away with the aesthetic here is an essential kitchen layout idea you will want to incorporate to make your kitchen design a success.

A u-shaped kitchen is a highly coveted layout for a house hunter since they offer so much space for cabinetry. The u-shaped layout places units around the cook on three sides with the top of the ‘U’ left open for a doorway or an open plan living room. U-shaped kitchens can be combined with dining areas or even a kitchen island if the width of the room allows. An open-plan room often presents the opportunity to make one arm of the ‘U’ into a peninsula that can be accessed from both sides, such as for use as a breakfast bar or as a dual-sided storage volume. Find all this and more in this inspirational gallery.
Kitchen LayoutGoogle

Generally speaking, there are six types of kitchen layouts: The One Wall, Galley, L-shaped, U-shaped, Island, and Peninsula. There are no strict positions in which to order the stove, fridge, or sink, and a kitchen can be a combination of one or more of the typical layouts. For example, you could have an L-shaped kitchen with an island or a peninsula or a galley kitchen that is linked at one end. In designing a functional kitchen, the kitchen work triangle should be considered, which means that the distance between the sink, stove, and fridge should be no more than 1200mm apart. Though, the concept of the kitchen working triangle is now evolving further to take into account multiple cooks, as well as new gadgets and appliances. Here are some of the tips and ideas which will help anyone who's planning to redesign the kitchen.

Below floor level Kitchen
Below level KitchenGoogle

Play with floor levels. This unique u-shaped kitchen is sunken below the floor level of the open plan living room, allowing onlookers a birds-eye view.

Blue is always In
Blue kitchen1Google

Color coordinate upper units with the wall color. The wall cabinets in this blue kitchen have been used as references for the room’s paint color. Color coordinating the paint with the units in this way helps space appear more open.

Create a wraparound storage volume
Wrap around KitchenGoogle

Create a wraparound storage volume to an adjacent area. The tall height of the oven housing unit and fridge freezer housing has been continued around the corner into the lounge in this open-plan home. The extension is used as a media unit surrounding the tv facing the lounge.

LED Edging lighting
LED Edging KitchenGoogle

Define edges with lighting. LED strips placed just beneath the lip of a kitchen countertop and wall units to create an ambient glow.

Play with All white and wood
White and WoodGoogle

Make a feature of a niche shelf by picking it out in a different color. A dark wood tone adds sophisticated flair to an all-white kitchen. Match the baseboard to the backsplash. This grey and white kitchen brings in grey not only through a tiled backsplash but with a coordinated kickboard.


Hope this article helps you in getting ideas for redesigning your kitchen. Let the only surprise be how perfect your new kitchen matches one of your dreams! Share your redesigned pics and new ideas with us.

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