Seven Must-Have Kitchen Features

An average house has many rooms, but only one kitchen. And although it has always been the heart of a home, over time it became a true showpiece that makes life better for household members, but also increases the value of a property. There was a time when a traditional kitchen consisted of a basic stovetop, sink and a few simple additions. Now, it has evolved to provide us with a perfect functionality and amazing aesthetics. So, if you want to take your kitchen into the future, here are seven features it has to have.

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A well-thought-out layout

A poorly planned kitchen layout results in a non-functional kitchen. From a designer’s point of view, it is of the utmost importance to achieve the “golden triangle”. This refers to finding the right location for the three main elements of every kitchen – cooktop, sink and the refrigerator. Since you will manoeuvre between these three elements, they should be reasonably close. The six basic kitchen layouts you can go for are one-wall, galley, L-shape, horseshoe, island and peninsula.


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A spacious countertop

The preparation area has to be spacious, especially if you’re spending a lot of time in the kitchen and preparing food for a large family. Another crucial detail is the material the countertop is made of. It should be durable and low-maintenance. Some of the best options are quartz, polished granite, wood, marble, honed granite, stainless steel, soapstone and concrete. |

Well-organised storage solutions

Cookware, utensils and all the other stuff you keep in your kitchen shouldn’t be lined up on the countertop. A functional kitchen has to have well thought-out storage solutions that will include cabinets, drawers, under-the-island storage, corner cabinets, open shelves and, if possible, built-in pantry.

Proper lighting

Since the primary function of the kitchen is food preparation, it is imperative for it to be properly lit. This means that besides the traditional overhead lamp, it should also include pendant lights above the countertop/kitchen island, task lights under the kitchen cabinets, and several LED downlights which can concentrate the light in a specific direction. You can even use some of the lighting fixtures (e.g. overhead and above the island) as effective design elements, to kill two birds with one stone.

A double-bowl sink

There can never be too many sinks in a kitchen, especially if you’re dealing with many dishes at the same time. If two or more sinks aren’t really an option for you, then double-bowl can do the trick. However, if you don’t have enough space at your disposal, it is best to opt for a single-bowl sink and a built-in dishwasher. Speaking of the sink, make sure you include a quality tap that won’t date. Good old chrome is always an excellent decision.

Quality appliances

Appliances are, by far, the most important items in every kitchen. Now, you should choose them based on your preferences – some prefer gas cooktops, while others might enjoy induction alternatives. However, the fact that kitchen appliances differ in style, brand and how they work, doesn’t mean they should differ in quality. Additionally, it is always best to choose Energy star-rated items which can save you a lot of money in the long run.

A sensible backsplash

A kitchen backsplash is often viewed as a merely aesthetic feature. If you agree with that view, you might change your mind when an errant spaghetti sauce becomes an accidental addition to your kitchen. Even though some high-maintenance materials, like stainless steel, may look amazing, they are not good for your kitchen if you’re looking at it long-term. Tiles are still the best choice for kitchen backsplash, and if you really don’t like the retro subway design, you can go for the more modern alternative – large tiles. Just make sure to seal the grout to avoid stains. Other additions will depend on your style of cooking and your preferences when it comes to maintenance and interior design, but a kitchen that contains these seven important features can truly be called a functional space.

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