Angela Bower shares her expert knowledge with her 'Top 5 Tips' for successful kitchen design.

What’s the most important room in your house? For me, there’s no question. It’s the kitchen. Like most of us, I love to cook, eat, entertain and generally spend time with family and friends in the kitchen. But the combination of today’s busy lifestyles, children studying in their rooms and most of us attached to our mobile devices, means that mealtimes are one of the few opportunities for families to spend time together.

So it’s really important to have a kitchen that suits the way you live, and the most important starting point is great design. But this isn’t just about how it looks, it’s as much about functionality and ease of use. More than any other room in the house, your kitchen needs careful thought, especially if you’re planning a living kitchen. Consideration into how the room flows from one activity to another is paramount.

So how do you start the design process? Here are my 5 top tips.

1. Location

If you’re in the enviable position of being able to design your home, choose a location that allows the kitchen to connect easily to the rest of the house and preferably with direct access to the garden or patio – extending your space will make those summer BBQs so much more fun. Make sure that your architect appreciates your need for an ample kitchen space, and one that enjoys the most fortunate aspect or outlook of your build as you’re likely to spend more time in the kitchen than any other room. And as one of the last rooms in the house to be finished, it’s also important to ensure that there’s adequate budget allocated at the end of the build to complete what is arguably, the most important room in your home.

2. Layout

The basic triangle of cooker, fridge and sink still works, but also give consideration to how many people get involved in preparing meals. Remember to give everyone plenty of space – separate preparation areas make it more enjoyable to work together, without getting in each other’s way.

3. Storage

Plan your storage wisely, it’s easy to underestimate how much you’ll need. Use of deep drawers and pull-out shelves are a must in the modern kitchen. They maximise space and allow quick and easy access to all of your things, even if they’re placed at the back.

4. Appliances

Take time to consider how you cook when choosing appliances, especially ovens, hobs and fridges. There are so many options out there, and some can really improve our results, cut down on cooking times and prolong our fresh food shelf life.

5. It’s all about you

Remember this is your kitchen, it should reflect your personality and choices. Don’t be afraid of colour, but use it wisely. A bright fashionable colour can bring a kitchen to life, and it can go out of fashion in a few years - so try to use it as an accent, using accessories to add colour. It’s much cheaper to replace a few accessories or repaint a wall than it is to change a worktop or all of the cabinet colours. Creating a kitchen is all about making it work for you, and getting it right will provide you with the heart to your home that will bring joy for years to come.

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