Streamlining Kitchen Design for London's Busy Lifestyles
Thursday, September 7, 2023
Efficient and Stylish Kitchen Design for London's Busy Lifestyles
At Life Kitchens, our London showroom staff is a team of city residents who understand that living in a city is demanding. We know that making the most out of your downtime is vital. It’s the reason we are dedicated to enhance your kitchen's productivity without compromising on style, we've brought visions to life every time in our impressive portfolio of kitchens. London, especially, has its own style of life, a fast-paced lifestyle demands a proficient kitchen that suits the needs of the owner.
The hustle and bustle of the city shouldn’t follow you into your home and kitchen. It’s why we prioritise practical kitchen design, merging performance with aesthetics to get as much out of the time that you spend at home in your kitchen as possible. A large proportion of our daily downtime is spent in the kitchen, cooking, socialising and relaxing all take place in this area. Understanding your kitchen’s purpose to guide aspects of design is key to shaping design, for example if you plan to socialise then we would explore options such as open-plan layout, so you can entertain whilst cooking for guests.
Design for Comfort using Ergonomic Kitchen Layouts
We incorporate traditional kitchen and interior design principles, such as the kitchen triangle rule that connects the cooker, sink and fridge to encourage productivity, to guide our design rather than dominate it. Having a clear understanding of how your kitchen will be used is at the core of our design decisions. Your kitchen's elements will be determined on your household’s requirements. For example, worktop height or storage solutions would be based on what you use most in the kitchen, what activities take place there and your height.
As kitchen designer’s, our role involves listening to your needs, creating an alignment between your requirements and fashioning a kitchen design that matches. If you find yourself baking or preparing food in your kitchen, then we’d strategically place the counter tops at a comfortable height to eliminate any strain on your back or shoulders and place your most used tools nearest to your preparation station.
Creating a Functional and Well-Organised Kitchen
The process of designing a kitchen includes designating different zones to allow you to complete your culinary tasks easily whilst encouraging an inviting space to socialise. This sectioning out of different spaces allows for a smooth efficiency. Each zone has a purpose, the prep zone is home to chopping boards, knives and other tools to prepare ingredients without the need to travel across the kitchen. The cooking zone is the oven and cooker, removing back and forth during your cooking. Finally, the cleaning zone comprises the sink and dishwasher, allowing for a quick clean-up process. Adopting the zone structure removes the need to run around your kitchen back and forth, fostering a logical flow and reducing stress or fatigue whilst cooking. These zones are not rigid structures to our approach to kitchen design, but they act as a good starting point if you are unsure of what you want from your new kitchen.
An organised kitchen is a functional one, it’s why storage is a large factor in your kitchen’s design. Beyond the role storage plays in preventing clutter and orderliness, it also makes certain accessibility in the home. Features such as drawers that are specifically for cutlery, deep pull-out shelves for pots and pans, vertical storage for cooking trays or adjustable shelving, all prioritise adaptability and allow for full ownership of the creative design process. All of these features maximise the space-saving abilities of your kitchen, meaning even the most compact kitchens can be aesthetically pleasing and clutter-free.
Choosing Easy-Clean Finishes that Withstand Wear and Tear
Easy clean kitchen finishes have become a staple in modern interior design, the search for solutions that offer functionality whilst being aesthetically pleasing has led to a range of options.
Non-porous surfaces remove the fears of stains in your kitchen. Quartz and marble have the ability to repel liquids and make certain that spills and accidents aren’t a worry and can be wiped away easily. These finishes are scratch and dent resistant, they will stay vibrant long after your kitchen has been installed. Investing in superior materials gives homeowners the potential to own a kitchen that mesmerises with its beauty whilst providing the most important aspect of all, durable function. To discover more about these easy-clean finishes and other finer details of our kitchen designs, just call and ask or visit a showroom if you'd rather a face to face consultation.
Sleek and Innovative Appliances for Modern Living
We live in a world of technology, and that doesn’t stop at kitchen design! Smart appliances, such as smart fridges, offer features like inventory tracking or expiry updates, reducing your food waste. Similarly, some dishwashers can be set to run in off-peak energy hours, encouraging energy efficiency in your home. The ability for your kitchen to connect with your phone to offer new capabilities in modern kitchen design. Integration with Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant gives more opportunity of control in your home, making multitasking a doddle. The ability to preheat your oven whilst in the bath, or getting a notification when your roast is cooked to perfection, undeniably gives the essence of a high-tech future of kitchens.
Still Unsure about Kitchen Design Options?
Contact us to speak to one of our friendly and hard-working kitchen design team or visit your nearest showroom to get advice and insights on how to tailor your kitchen's design to your needs.