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To begin planning your kitchen,
forget about what the kitchen will look
like. First consider how you will use
1. Groceries and supplies enter
the kitchen for storage in the pantry
2. From there the food is taken to the
sink and food preparation areas.
3. The main food preparation area
is generally between the sink and
cooktop, but an area between the sink
and refrigerator is useful for preparing
fresh food. The kitchen should be
orientated to left or right handed
requirements of the primary user.
4. Activity then flows to the cooking
centre and to the adjacent serving area.
5. The clean-up area then becomes
the centre of activity with left-over
food being stored in the refrigerator
and pantry; and waste items
Many of you would have heard the
term 'work triangle' associated with
Basically the theory is based on 3
key appliances: the fridge, sink and
cooktop. They form a 'point' on the
work triangle, within a certain range
The increase in the type and number
of appliances in today's kitchens, work
'zones' are becoming more influential in
Now that the practical stuff is out of
the way, what is your kitchen going to
What is the first thing you observe in
a kitchen? It's not the state-of-the-art
dishwasher or the latest multi-function,
fan-forced oven. Believe it or not, the
initial in-your-face impact comes from
the cabinet work. So pay attention to
this as a priority.
Replace the doors and drawer-fronts
and use a range of attention-grabbing
knobs or handles. Consider a change
of material, from solid wood to glass,
which tends to add depth to the small
kitchen. If you take this course, you will
have to tidy your shelves, but a display
of attractive crockery and glassware
creates interest and also says something
about your personality.
If you can't or don't want to
replace the drawers and cupboard
doors, repainting is an acceptable
option. Once again, you can express
yourself in whatever colour scheme
you choose. But remember to pick a
colour that's also likely to impress a
Worktops can be a problem as they
are often the first part of the kitchen
to show wear, while being expensive
and sometimes difficult to replace.
One solution is food preparation 'slabs'
either in wood or stone. Carefully
chosen, they not only conceal worn
areas, but provide a little extra
character to the kitchen.
A tired floor can be disguised with a
rug (as long as it is easily washable).
Lighting is another way of taking
attention away from embarrassing
areas and can be a feature in itself with
clever use of coloured lights or even
fibre optics. Finally, choose something
that will instantly draw the eye such as
an elaborate cappuccino maker.
If you are stuck for ideas, why not
ask one of our kitchen experts on the
weekend to discuss your needs.
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