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Whether you have an L-shaped, U-shaped, or galley-shaped kitchen, your design choices will also be influenced by other considerations such as budget and lifestyle (cooking/entertainment balance).
Making decisions on what worktop will work best in your kitchen space, what appliances to install, whether there’s room for an island, and how to add those extra storage nooks are part and parcel of our in-depth consultation process.
The kitchen is the heart of your house, so it is crucial that you make the most of the space available. Most kitchens will also last you for 20+ years, so thinking about what works now and what will work in the future should also be part of your decision-making process.
The Kitchen Triangle
Lighting is a key component to any kitchen design. Not only do you require good visibility when cooking, but your kitchen should also be pleasing on the eye.
The first thing to consider is whether or not your kitchen benefits from natural lighting:
- Is your kitchen south-facing?
- Do you have small/large/wide/narrow windows?
- Even if there is a lot of natural light, does it fall on work surfaces?
- At what point of the day does your kitchen receive most light?
Also, remember that daylight changes throughout the year! Consider how bright, summer light will affect worktop surfaces differently to harsh, winter light.
- Lighting is fitted underneath cabinets, above worktops, and at floor level.
- Light is focused onto smaller areas.
- Ceiling down-lighting is similar to built-in lighting but illuminates a greater surface area.
- Task lighting should fall directly onto work surfaces.
- For practical reasons, you want to have light focused on where you are preparing food.
Certain types of lighting will help to illuminate the walls (whether bare, filled with shelves, or hung with pictures) and the ceiling, creating the the illusion that they are either bigger or smaller, adding depth to your space or alternatively bringing it closer.
- Lighting around tower and base units will provide a moody ambiance.
- Create a sense of space by incorporating feature lighting into glass cabinets or shelving.
- Feature lighting will utilise different tones and colours of light so that you can change the atmosphere of the room.
- Targeted lighting can help to accentuate features.