Ask the Expert: What makes a good kitchen design?
Tharp expert: There are a lot of factors that contribute to making a kitchen great. Here are a few things to consider:
- The space should be visually appealing. Every kitchen needs a focal point, a cool feature that grabs your attention and entertains the eye. Depending on your style preference, this may be a dramatic wood hood over the range, open display shelving or a commercial stainless steel appliance appropriately placed in the space. In addition, kitchens have become the very center of the home where all congregate and are typically open to living spaces. As such, run of the mill kitchen cabinets are less desirable and furniture-like cabinetry excels. This can be done through architectural detail like turned legs and corbels and upgraded finishes. For a contemporary design it might be a “floating” island with beautiful, crisp lines.
- A kitchen must be functional. The space planning and layout of the work triangle are crucial to make kitchen tasks more efficient. A professional kitchen designer can help clients to customize the space to their needs while applying the principles of design and the 31 kitchen guidelines published by the National Kitchen and Bath Association. These guidelines offer parameters for functional and safe placement of appliances, walkway sizes needed and minimum counter space and storage requirements to name a few.
- A kitchen should be accommodating to friends and family. Think about it. When you go to a party or gathering, the kitchen is where the action is. Large center islands that provide seating for guests are a huge hit, allowing guests to interact with their hosts while they prepare and serve food and drinks. A small prep sink located outside the primary work triangle gives guests or family members a place to wash their hands or help prepare snacks without getting in the cooks way.
Since 1971 Tharp Cabinet Corporation has been providing high-quality custom cabinetry at a great price. With nearly 1,000 projects completed per year, Tharp designers have the experience and tools to make your dreams of great kitchen a reality. For a free, in-home consultation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.