26
Oct

Five Top Tips For Choosing The Perfect ‘Extras’ For Your Kitchen

The kitchen is often the centre of the household, and not just the place where meals are prepared, but also where everyone comes together at the end of the day to sit and eat.

This means that your kitchen doesn’t just need to be functional, it also needs to be a comfortable place where you’re happy to sit and chat with family and friends.

While the key features such as the tiles, workspaces, oven and fridge are obviously key to the design of your kitchen, there are lots of other little touches which you can add to make your kitchen your own, and we’ve decided to take a look at five.

Sinks

Nowadays the sink can be much more than just a place for washing equipment and ingredients, and a number of accessories are available which bring everything together and make things easier when preparing meals.

For example, you could purchase a sink with a sliding chopping board, to allow you to wash and chop ingredients at the same time, while the water drains down directly into the sink.

There are also sinks which offer multiple magnetic accessories such as hooks, soap dishes and utensil holders, all of which can be added and removed as you need them.

Or how about a colander, or bottom rack to bring items in the sink closer to you and protect the bottom of it from scratching.

The sink is one of the most used appliances in the kitchen, so it makes sense to accessorise it to enable you to use it for as much as possible.

For more information, check out this post from Houzz on some of the best extras for your sink.

Lighting

The kitchen is where your house requires the most flexible lighting, due to the multiple functions which the room is used for.

For example, you’ll want a much brighter light while the kids are trying to do their homework than you would while you’re sat having your evening meal.

We spoke to leading lighting providers Oberoi Brothers for their top kitchen lighting tips:

  • For worktops, we recommend some bright under-cupboard LED task lighting, to ensure that you can see what you’re doing, without any shadows.
  • If you have an island in your kitchen, some recessed downlights or pendants can be hooked up to a separate circuit and be used if you ever use the island to get down to some work. Mood lighting within the plinth of the island itself is also a nice touch.
  • If you have a kitchen with a particularly high ceiling, how about lowering the sense of scale by adding some low hanging pendants. You could also consider some uplighting on top of your kitchen cabinets.

Cabinets

The cabinets are another key element to both style and functionality, with a lot to consider.

Firstly, the cabinet doors. No matter which style of door you go for, there are a couple of touches which can make them a lot more practical.

For example, depending on your kitchen, flip up doors, pocket doors and corner drawers can all make accessing your cupboards a lot easier.

Of course you also can’t go far wrong with a more traditional ‘shaker’ style, or how about opting for glass fronted cabinets for a traditional style which will make the kitchen feel a lot lighter and more spacious.

Finally, it might be an idea to do away with some of your cabinets all together, and opt for open shelving for a more modern look.

Blinds

Blinds are important to give your kitchen some privacy, but they must also be able to allow some daylight in.

With such a wide range of patterns and colours, they can make a great alternative to curtains, which brighten things up during summer and keep the room warm in the winter.

We spoke to UK Blinds and Shadings for their top kitchen blinds tips: “We’d recommend opting for PVC or vinyl for your kitchen blinds, so that they’re relatively safe from any splashes and spillages.

“Make sure to carefully measure the window space before ordering blinds, and consider if you’ll be wanting it to fit inside or outside the recess.

“Bear in mind that slatted blind will require more upkeep as they collect dirt and grime, whereas vinyl ones can be easily wiped clean with soapy water.”

Extractor Fan

Open plan kitchen, dining and living rooms are more popular and ever, and this makes good extraction very important to help create a comfortable environment to be in.

Extractors can be expensive, so it’s important to first decide whether you’re buying it purely as an extractor, or is it also going to act as a centrepiece, in which case you’ll want to budget more.

Secondly, you’ll need to decide what type of extractor you want, a ducted one (removes the air from the building completely), or a recirculation one (which will pass it back into the room through a filter).

Also make sure to check the decibel rating when purchasing an extractor, as you don’t want to get it home only to find it sounds like an aircraft taking off!

For more kitchen and bathroom design tips and tricks, be sure to keep checking our blog here at Aston Designs.