By Tatienne Diodore. Kitchen Design. Published at Wednesday, April 04th, 2018 - 11:17:38 AM.
As homeowners, we all find ourselves wishing for more space every now and then, and more often than not it’s in the kitchen. It’s the place where a lot of time is spent, with lots happening and it’s constantly the place that seems smaller than it is. Plus, it is often a smaller room in any floorplan. While we may not be able to actually make your kitchen any bigger, here are some tips as to how to make your kitchen seem a lot bigger than it is.
In the food preparation area, the kitchen triangle is the usual standard. It’s actually an arithmetic formula: The sum of the distances from sink to stove to refrigerator and back again should not be less than 12 feet nor more than 22 feet. Furthermore, the kitchen triangle rule specifies that no one side of the triangle should be less than 4 feet nor more than 9 feet. This rule works for almost all kitchens, with the exception of tiny galley kitchens and giant professional ones.
Note that your open plan kitchen doesn’t have to be a square box tucked away at the end of the building. Instead, use the building to create all kinds of spaces. Embracing odd shapes and L-shapes for example, can result in the successful separation of spaces for different types of activities in your open plan kitchen. These shapes help to create zones for different activities and also give visual variety.
An island is also a logical place to change countertop materials. You could, for example, use laminate counters throughout most of the kitchen and splurge on marble, granite or stainless steel for the island.
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