10. Function is a priority when planning your kitchen.
You have to focus more on your kitchen’s function when planning your kitchen décor. Don’t merely think about whether to apply rustic or modern style or whether to use U-shaped or L-shaped formation in your kitchen. The most important thing that you must consider is that your kitchen has all essential components that make it functional and that there is enough space for you to move easily in your kitchen. Make a list of essential components like fridge, stove and counters and make sure that you leave about 6 feet of empty space for easy movement. (Source)
9. Think about storage before anything else.
Indeed you spend much time in your kitchen to cook and prepare your meal, but remember that you have to store much stuff in your kitchen, so make sure that you think about your kitchen storage before anything else. Think about the type of cabinet that your kitchen must have and how you will store your kitchen utensils. If you have no problem with space, you can use cabinet to store your utensils, but if space is a problem, you can hang your utensils on the ceiling using ceiling-mounted pot rack or on the wall using pegboard. (Source)
8. Light up your kitchen.
Cooking in the dark is never fun, so think about your kitchen’s lighting to make sure that every area in your kitchen is well illuminated. Don’t treat your kitchen like other parts of your house when it comes to lighting because overhead lighting doesn’t always work in your kitchen. Overhead cabinet may obstruct the light and cast shadow on the countertop where you do most of your kitchen tasks. Therefore, instead of relying solely on your ceiling light, install under-cabinet lights that effectively illuminate your work area. (Source)
7. Supply your kitchen with needed power.
Admit it, your kitchen consumes a sufficiently large amount of power. Many kitchen appliances transform electricity to heat—a kind of energy transformation that consumes much power. Another thing that you need to understand is that your kitchen needs not only electricity, but also gas to power up some of its appliances. For this reason, check gas and electricity installation around your kitchen and position your kitchen appliances accordingly. (Source)
6. Choose the right kitchen counter-top.
You do most of your kitchen tasks on countertop, so you must make sure that your kitchen has the best possible countertop. Different countertops have their own pros and cons. Granite and marble are expensive, but they resist scratches excellently. Tiled countertop has hard surface that is relatively resistant to scratch, but its grout traps dirt and is difficult to clean. Understand the characteristics of every different type of countertop so that you can choose the best one for your kitchen. (Source)
5. Understand what to keep and what to discard.
When decorating your kitchen, you may arrive at a point where you have to economize. You have to decide whether to keep some items from your old kitchen or to replace them with new items. Some items, such as cabinets and utensils, can indeed be kept or refaced, but there is no doubt that appliances with poor condition are better discarded. They are not only unsafe to use, but they also adversely affect the atmosphere of your kitchen and are eventually not as cost-effective as you think. (Source)
4. Safety assessment is always the most important.
There are many things in your kitchen that can potentially harm or even kill people, so make sure that your kitchen is safe enough not only for adults, but also for your children and pets. Choosing slip-resistant floor and placing oven and knives at a height only accessible to adults are some essential tips to make your kitchen safer for everyone. You can also look into choosing round countertop or installing fire detector to improve the overall safety of your kitchen. (Source)
3. Ensure proper ventilation.
With so many odors and gases produced in your kitchen, ventilation becomes an important matter. Ventilation plays an important role not only to keep your kitchen odor-free, but also to ensure its safety from fire and explosion. You can install a range hood above your stove, but make sure that your kitchen has enough windows to ensure proper ventilation in your kitchen. (Source)
2. Keep your kitchen sanitary all the time.
You have to deal with garbage, slime and oily waste almost every time you work in your kitchen, so sanitation is always an important aspect of your kitchen. You have to make sure that your kitchen has a ready bin to store the waste; however, because an obvious trash bin is unsightly, you may want to conceal it behind a cabinet, inside it, or behind a door. (Source)
1. Check the floor of your kitchen.
We have mentioned already how choosing slip-resistant flooring is important; however, there are many other things about kitchen floor that you need to know. Kitchen floor is wet more often than not because you have to deal with spills in your kitchen all the time. Therefore, choosing flooring made from non-porous material is important. If your kitchen floor is made from stone and other porous materials, be sure to have them resealed regularly. You may want to choose hardwood floor for your kitchen, but remember that fridge and stove are so heavy that they may wear out your floor faster, so choosing harder material is recommended. (Source)