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“Once a private place, now the kitchen is a public space where people can socialise and entertain with friends and family.”


For those that like to be one step ahead, check out next season’s kitchen trends. The dominant message is continuity. Open plan, contemporary kitchens have been with us for some time now and this trend is gaining momentum. Kitchen is a place, where people can socialise and entertain with friends and family.
Breakfast bars and islands will continue to make centre stage, as will sleek and streamlined kitchens. Handless kitchen units will grow in popularity, especially curved units and matt worktops are set to be very much en vogue.

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When it comes to colour, white and ivory kitchens will remain popular, but now will see an increase in stronger colours that make an impact. Bold, vibrant colours found in hi-gloss units, glass splashbacks, and worktops, offer infinite options for creating a truly individual kitchen. Green is seen as a rising star in kitchens, but blue, particularly pale blue where it conveys a 1950’s look with a modern feel is said to be a growing favourite.

The shape of the kitchen is an important feature in the planning of your kitchen. It narrows down the possibilities considerably, which will make it easier for you to plan your kitchen. The most important thing to remember is, whichever shape your kitchen will have, try to plan your kitchen as efficient as possible. This means that food preparation, sink and cooking must not be too far apart. A rule of thumb is that there must be a piece of worktop between sink and hob, where the food can be prepared. 

The place of your fridge in your kitchen is very important as well. Place your fridge between the main entrance and the main cooking area. This way the other members of the house have easy access to the fridge and you can get rid of your shopping as soon as you enter the kitchen. Try however to avoid placing the fridge next to the hob as the difference in temperature will make both appliances work less efficient.

There are four main shapes a kitchen can have. These are galley kitchens, two-way galley kitchens, L-shaped kitchens and U-shaped kitchens. Here, they will be explained and also the pros and cons of each shape will be discussed.

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Galley kitchens are kitchens in which all the important areas are next to each other. One of the biggest problems in this type of kitchens is storage space. There will not be a lot of below-worktop storage space, so perhaps it is an idea to have a big storage cupboard or a high refrigerator at the end of the galley.

Another point in galley kitchen is the walking distance between the main work areas. Try to minimise this distance, but keep in mind that you need worktop between the sink and the hob.

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Two-way galley kitchens provide a lot more storage space below the worktop and will usually also have a better layout than a single galley kitchen. Whereas in a single galley kitchen the distances between cupboards are reasonably big, in a two-way galley they're just behind you, so you have to walk less. This will save time. The shape of a two-way galley makes that the layout of your kitchen becomes more compact. Very important with this type of kitchen is though to have enough space between the two galleys.

There has to be enough space for example to look into your oven without bumping into the galley behind you. If this space between the two galleys will turn out to be too narrow, then maybe you should think about re-shaping your kitchen.

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The L-shaped kitchen will give a lot of workspace and storage space below the worktop will not be a problem. Also the walking distance between the main zones in your kitchen will be minimised. Another big advantage of the L-shaped kitchen is that one of the corners of your kitchen will be free to use as a dining area. The problem area in an L-shaped kitchen is often the space under the worktop in the corner. For handy solutions to this, please go to our storage section.

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A U-shaped kitchen will give you a lot of work- and storage space. It can, however, become a bit of an enclosing space if the wall cupboards run all around the room. Also the floor area will be a lot less than in any other shape of kitchen. Consider this when choosing this shape of kitchen. If this type of kitchen is used in a bigger room, then one of the legs of the U can be used as a breakfast bar.

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It is already said in 'The shape of your kitchen' that sink, preparation area and hob should never be too far apart and that the fridge should be near the entrance of the kitchen. This all will have effect on where you will plan to put your basic equipment (fridge, hob, microwave and sink) and where the service points for water, electricity and gas (if needed) will be. Keep the existing service points in mind when planning your new kitchen as rewiring and re-plumbing your kitchen will take a lot of time and money.

When you draw up a plan for your new kitchen, try to place the sink, preparation area and hob first. Then draw 3 lines to connect the three areas (see figure, right). This will usually result in a triangular shape. The smaller the triangle, the shorter the walking distance will be between the three main working areas in your kitchen. If this walking distance looks too big, try to put the three areas closer together.

Another important point of consideration is that sinks will often be placed against an outside wall under the window. This will make the plumbing easier, but also gives daylight where you need it most. You also have to think of existing ventilation points when planning your new wall-cupboards, as you don't want to cover them by a new cupboard. Ventilation will be of the utmost importance in kitchens that are also used as dining area, as you will want to get rid of greasy steam and odours before it reaches your furniture and your guests.

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When measuring the size of the kitchen, make sure that the exact shape of the walls is known. If there is an inwards corner in the room it will influence the shape of the worktop and the place of the wall-cupboards.

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Mark the service points in your plan, as this will define where the main working areas will be placed.

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The longest unit will consist of the sink, drainer and maybe a dishwasher, so it is best to place this area in your plan first.

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If you like to cook with a lot of fresh vegetables or you need a big freezer, consider a big fridge/freezer at the end of your worktop for loads of storage and easy access.

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