Are you thinking about hiring an Interior Designer to help you with your kitchen design? There are some key insights a designer can bring to the table. Here are some of the important ones to consider.
Layout and Flow to Adjacent Spaces
Have your kitchen design open to your great room and kitchen nook so your family can hang out together. Or have your kitchen design open to your dining room. This is good for the practicality of carrying dishes back and forth when using that room. Think about catering or a simple dinner party. It is not practical to go through several rooms to get to the dining room.
Also, having a kitchen design that has a good flow to other adjacent spaces will allow conversations to flow more easily. Sometimes getting rid of an unnecessary wall can help ease the tension of having to try and be in two rooms at once. If you are cooking and entertaining, you don't want to be away from the conversation. For example, if you are having friends and family over to watch the Super Bowl, you don't want to be held up in the kitchen while everyone is enjoying the game.
An Interior Designer can help you understand possible ways to layout your kitchen design to achieve the best functionality for your lifestyle. Sometimes it is hard to see the potential of what your space can do until you have someone with expertise giving insight from the outside. Simply put, you see your kitchen everyday for what it is. An Interior Designer can give you ideas that would be hard to see otherwise.
Plan For Efficiency In Your Everyday Cooking
This is part of our design process and it requires the Interior Designer to ask a lot of questions. We need to get to know how you will use your space in order to give you possibilities for a great kitchen design.
Some of the questions include how you use your kitchen for each meal - breakfast, lunch and dinner, but also for the nights and weekends. Digging deeper, we want to make sure your cooking and prep area are in good relation to one another. If you have a second person helping out with preparing meals, you don't want to be in each other's way. Also, having your trash close at hand is a real important point to consider when you are prepping and cooking.
The over arching idea here is to create a kitchen design that suits your needs. When it comes down to it, you don't need to spend additional time in the kitchen for every meal if you can create a better kitchen design that will allow you to enjoy the time you are spending in it. An Interior Designer is perfectly suited for helping you do this.
Educate You On Possibilities
Let's face it, there are a million different ways you can create a kitchen design. It can easily be overwhelming. An Interior Designer can help you to quickly cut through all the options and put together a plan that makes sense for your kitchen design.
If you have never worked with an Interior Designer, it is really neat to see how they can take your desires and suggest the perfect solutions. For example, you may have a small space or just want to get rid of the feel of too many kitchen items. After getting to know you, an Interior Designer can help you pair down some smaller appliances when your larger appliances might be able handle the work just as easily and more efficiently. Or if you have the opposite need, they can make your space more about quick meals that require less large appliances.
Another good example can be found in materials. An Interior Designer is constantly becoming more and more educated on the materials that are available to match up with your kitchen design. Spending countless hours at industry trade shows and meeting with manufacturers, an Interior Designer has a vast array of knowledge on how to use materials in your kitchen design.