The Recipe for a Good Kitchen Design

This weekend my partner and I began to shop for a new kitchen for our family home. Like many homes, I’m sure, our lives and daily activities largely revolve around this one room – hence why such thought was put in to purchasing a new one!

Despite seeing some sunshine, moonlight and good times, our current 1970s style kitchen is unlikely to boogie without a much needed hip-replacement… or new cabinetry at least!

As an avid cook, I really do demand a lot from my kitchen, so I thought I might share some thoughts about what I believe a good kitchen should entail, and gain valuable feedback, before I decide to splurge a vast sum of cash on a new one.

First and foremost, my kitchen has to be practical and considerately designed to cater for my laziness when cooking. Unfortunately, if the Rosemary and Thyme aren’t easily to hand when roasting a chicken on a Sunday, I tend to go without. I like to have all of my equipment, herbs and seasonings within arm’s reach – much like a garden shed, in that respect. A revolving spice rack, useful revolving storage compartments and neatly organised cabinetry therefore greatly appeals to me.

As a father with a young child, I also need it to be hard-wearing. Really hard-wearing in fact. Although it pains me to say, I’ve learned that if you want your kitchen to be a room that the whole family can enjoy, you can’t be too finicky about it. My daughter loves to help her mum bake cakes and brownies; our current kitchen carpet is a testament to that! So having cabinetry that’s easy to clean, and preferably slam-proof, is almost essential.

Lastly, colour plays an essential role in the kitchen design and is a great tool for altering the mood. The kitchen is the first place we all visit in the morning and the first place we retreat to when finishing work in the evenings. For that reason, the colour needs to be bold, energising and able to lighten spirits even in the gloomy wintry days. I find brightly painted walls or cabinets ought to do the trick.

So with a combination of practical – anti-slam – bold coloured cabinetry, hard-wearing surfaces, useful rotating storage and quality spot lighting, I think I may have finally sussed the uncertainty of what makes a good kitchen. Now all that’s left is to pay for it.