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KITCHEN DESIGN

How to design a large kitchen that feels warm and comfortable

21ST SEPTEMBER 2012
What are the key challenges when designing a large kitchen?

A kitchen island can serve many purposes



Spaciousness is an advantage, but you do need to be careful that no elements – such as a range cooker or a kitchen island – look lost in your kitchen.

You also want to be able to access different areas easily. There shouldn’t be a need, for instance, to run around a large kitchen island to access your fridge when preparing food.

So how do you ensure the proportions of your kitchen elements look right? And how do you take advantage of having a large kitchen area?

In some ways designing a large kitchen is more challenging than designing a small one. We asked Richard Davonport at Davonport for advice.

The layout of a large kitchen

Don’t be worried about making a bold statement and going big if you have space. If you don’t, then you run the risk of your kitchen features being lost in spaciousness.

Despite having a lot of space in your kitchen, you should still feel comfortable and at home. You want to avoid giving your kitchen an empty feel. A sizeable kitchen island is an obvious solution. An island serves many purposes: it can provide extra space for food preparation; you can include a hob for extra cooking options; or it can offer additional seating for breakfast. You’ll often find that a kitchen island forms the social hub in the kitchen.

The size of a kitchen island is important. If it’s too small, then it may look lost. If it’s oversized, then it may look a large obstacle that’s difficult to manoeuvre around. You can consider having two islands; or creating two different zones for a large kitchen island – for instance by using different heights or different work surfaces. You can achieve this by creating different zones for food preparation, cooking, breakfast and dining.

Make sure you consider the functionality of the different zones in your kitchen (e.g. food preparation, cooking, storage); and keep in mind how you move around your kitchen. Your fridge-freezer, your sink for washing vegetables and your main cooking area should ideally be in a triangle because this allows you to move around easily. Designers call this the ‘golden triangle’.

Storage for large kitchens

Lack of storage is usually not a problem for large kitchens, but don’t forget to consider practical solutions such as hidden larders and spice inserts cleverly designed into cabinetry.

Appliance garages are a useful option, too. They often house items that are regularly used in the kitchen such as kettles, toasters, food processors and blenders. An appliance garage allows these small appliances to be neatly hidden away, but still easily accessible.

Large kitchen appliances

Large range cookers and American-style fridge-freezers are popular choices for spacious kitchens. A 110cm, 120cm or 150cm range cooker is recommended as a smaller cooker may look lost. Several colour options exist, but stainless steel range cookers and fridges tend to be the most popular. Stainless steel is a timeless choice; and it suits almost all cabinet finishes.

 

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