Tips for Designing a Chef-Approved Kitchen at Home
In many homes, the kitchen is the most used area. From early breakfasts to midnight snacks, this gathering place is the heart of the home. But not all kitchens are equal. What is the secret sauce to creating a great kitchen? Read on to find out and up your chef skills with these kitchen design tips.
What kitchen essential is even more critical than a top-notch stove? The kitchen countertops. And, even more so, kitchen countertop space. This means having ample storage so that you have more space to work with on your countertops. Chefs cite that all wood butcher block countertops are one of the best options. This style of countertop is easy to maintain, offers ample prep space and gives the kitchen a chef-centric look. Other top materials for chef-approved countertops include marble countertops, suitable for for working pie doughs, as well as granite countertops, which will require a little extra care and consideration but look great.
Task Lighting 101
The finishing touch for any chef’s kitchen is well-placed under-cabinet lighting. Unfortunately, lighting is generally one of the last things that is considered when undergoing a remodel or kitchen makeover. Shadowy and dark spots can interrupt your kitchen prep and make it difficult to work. Not only does under-cabinet task lighting make cooking preparation and recipe reading a breeze, this type of lighting illuminates the space and creates a noticeable ambiance throughout the entire kitchen space. There are many types of under-cabinet lighting, most of which are easy to install. Puck lights, for example, allow for a targeted choice of lighting. They are adjustable and can be placed throughout the kitchen. Additionally, tape lighting and rope lighting work great as runners underneath the total length of your kitchen cabinets. And, a bright light source such as lighting bars can illuminate a large area.
A Sink, or Two
Sure, you are a long way from the dish pit, but you will still be spending a lot of time at the sink in your home kitchen. While a double sink is often the standard in kitchens, a chef’s kitchen may require a triple sink equipped with two faucets. If you're thinking about adding a sink to your kitchen island to assist with food prep, think again. A sink in this spot will likely takeover the area that you initially wanted to use as prep space and will easily be cluttered by a pileup of pots and pans when you’re cooking. Which is a recipe for disaster.
Floor Plan Prep
The right kitchen floor plan can make your kitchen an enjoyable place to cook. But a poorly designed floor plan can make for the exact opposite. When designing your chef’s kitchen, keep the floor plan in mind. Choose a kitchen layout that optimizes how things get done and gives you easy access to all of your kitchen tools and appliances. If you opt for an island, everything you need when cooking should be within reach, and you should only be steps away from the refrigerator and other kitchen appliances.
You don’t have to be an award-winning cook from a notable restaurant to have a chef-approved kitchen. All you have to do is mix the right tools, appliances, and a well-designed kitchen space and you’ve got the recipe for success.