Modern kitchen interior designs in Kenya are increasingly becoming the flagship of homes. Basically, if your kitchen is well designed and decorated, you can lead a healthier and happier life. That should be the aim of any kitchen interior design whether a small kitchen or a country kitchen.
To achieve these, there are a lot of factors to consider when designing a functional kitchen. In recent times people spend a lot of time in their kitchens, so it’s really important to get the kitchen design right the first time. If you don’t, it can be heartbreaking. If you are Kenyan you might need to consider the best way to make nyama choma and ugali for the extended family gatherings and guests.
Creating a strong kitchen design strategy and integrating food culture is extra important for modern living. In the past, the kitchen was simply a place to prepare food but in modern times the kitchen is the heart of the home and it needs to look and feel right.
Modern innovations, such as the hood extractor units, have made it possible for the kitchen to become a central hub of home life, and arguably the most frequented and important room in the house. Often, it will serve as a dining room, a social and guests entertaining area, and a generalized living space. It’s best to keep this in mind when designing your kitchen.
The kitchen work triangle is a concept used to determine efficient kitchen layouts that are both aesthetic and functional. The primary tasks in a home kitchen are carried out between the cook top, the sink and the refrigerator. These three points and the imaginary lines between them, make up what kitchen experts call the work triangle. The idea is that when these three elements are in close (but not too close) proximity to one other, the kitchen will be easy and efficient to use.
Basic Kitchen Layout Types
Kitchen design, for functionality, requires more thought than picking a few colors and construction materials. Your favorite paint colors and appliances count to your personal tastes and your home’s style, but kitchen design factors such as space, layout, practicality and maintenance are what make your kitchen functional. Kitchen design is how the kitchen works, not how it looks.
There are five fundamental Kitchen Layouts - the G, L, U, single, and galley. While certain floor plans create a more spacious, efficient kitchen, each kitchen layout can be enhanced with the right cabinetry and decorative accents. Depending on the overall size of your kitchen, a Kitchen island can be added to many of these layouts to expand storage and create additional counter work top space. The width of walkways between cabinetry and the island is important in determining whether you have enough space to accommodate a Kitchen island. Kitchen islands can be created in all shapes and sizes and you are not limited to a standard square or rectangular shape island.
Kitchen building materials vary greatly and thus a factor when it comes to kitchen design is budget. Begin your kitchen design with a firm budget. Depending on the construction materials, the cost of a new kitchen can be astronomical, if you don’t begin with a firm budget for the project. Decide on a maximum budget for the project and choose important elements, such cabinetry, floor materials and counter-tops, before you select anything else to avoid going beyond your budget. – Melamine doors and drawer fronts are very inexpensive. Choose solid timber or gloss two-pack polyurethane and they will cost far more.
Kitchen appliances range in price from budget electric appliances to very expensive high-end appliances. You might pay 500000 for standard appliances. Upgrade to high-end appliances and they can easily cost two or three times more.
High gloss two-pack polyurethane doors will look fantastic when they’re installed, but if you have children running around the kitchen, they won’t look as good after they have a few scratches in them. Glossy finishes highlight scratches, so unless you want to make the kitchen a no-go zone for the kids, you’re probably better off choosing something else.
If you’ve gone over-budget, you can always make compromises, but don’t compromise on the quality of construction. Kitchen cabinets must be well built and if given the choice, choose better quality hinges, drawers and drawer runners.
Whether your kitchen costs Ksh1,000,000 or Ksh.300,000, the quality of construction will make the difference between a kitchen you’ll love to work in and one that’s a nuisance every time you open a drawer or door.