Here are 5 things to keep in mind when designing your kitchen.
First up is accessibility. If you've ever worked in a cramped kitchen or just a badly designed one, you'll find that cooking & meal prep is more difficult and time-consuming. When it comes to aesthetics it's a good idea to keep counters free from clutter but having to fish through numerous drawers to find the utensils you use all the time isn't realistic. Make your kitchen stylish but ensure that your most used items are easily accessible. Function is the primary concern when it comes to this room.
2. Storage Space
You really can't have too much storage in your kitchen. If you're completely redesigning this room, including installing new cabinets, shop with storage space in mind. Changes like replacing traditional shelved cabinets to those with extra large slide-out drawers for baking dish storage makes finding items much easier without sacrificing space.
If there is any room that can benefit from a lighting remodel, it's the kitchen. A brightly lit cooking space is an absolute must. Not only does a bright kitchen look more inviting and beautiful, but it is functional as well. When you are cooking you need the light to be in front of your or right over head. If you have a large window you should try to plan your meal preparations for that spot. Don't forget that under-cabinet lighting is as stylish as it is useful- especially for kitchens where much of the counters have large overhead cabinets.
Those doing a complete kitchen remodel should look into replacing any old appliances so they match the new design. If you do have this option, you may also want to redesign the layout of your appliances. The three most used appliances are the refrigerator, the sink and the stove/oven. The trick to the layout is to form a triangle between these three, with the stove/oven often on the opposite side of the other two. Keeping the space between the three at 6' is ideal.
The flooring of your kitchen shouldn't be chosen in haste since it has to hold up to a lot of abuse. Repeated traffic patterns between kitchen appliances and regular cleanings with chemical disinfectants can quickly wear flooring down. It is best to choose a very durable, high-quality flooring for this room, such as stone.
If you're stuck with your kitchen design and are unsure of what to do, a professional interior designer can really help you make decisions.