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When you’re working on a kitchen design, pictures are very helpful to give you ideas and to see what other people’s words really mean. As well as the obvious posed pictures of fancy kitchens in magazines and books, useful kitchen design pictures can include floor plans, snaps of model kitchens in showrooms, shots of kitchens belonging to friends and relations, even paintings and drawings of kitchens from the past. Anything which gets your mind working is useful.
Here’s a selection of pictures with some commentary to get you started…
A variety of lighting in this picture: traditional ceiling-mounted light for looks, recessed can lighting for good general coverage (though personally I don’t like these), natural light from the window over the sink, counter lighting under the upper cabinets. The tiled counter and backsplash are a great color but I would never have a tiled counter because I hate keeping grout clean, and I don’t like the uneven surface. The center island is very narrow because of the size limitation of the kitchen itself. Not such a bad thing, as it’s still big enough to eat at or to use as prep surface. However, it looks quite long and it might turn out to be a “barrier island”, blocking movement from one side of the kitchen to the other. The main range and sink are protected by the island from through traffic to and from that far door, but it looks like the microwave door may stick out into the traffic flow, which may be a problem.
Here’s a floor plan for a fairly small L-shaped kitchen with an island. The fridge and range are on the two legs of the L, with a double-bowl sink and a dishwasher on the island. The island also has room for some seating.
I’m sure you can think of more pros and cons – how could they be applied to your own current or projected kitchen layout?
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