Kitchen Design Principles to Create Functional & Beautiful Spaces

Kitchen Design Principles to Create Functional & Beautiful Spaces

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Kitchen design principles

There are three main kitchen design principles that designers generally follow, whether knowingly or by instinct. These include kitchen work zones, the work triangle, and visual balance.

These three principles help create harmonious, functional and aesthetic kitchens, ones that clients appreciate not only for their beauty, but for simplifying and streamlining tasks performed in a kitchen.

It is important to note that these principles are not building regulations that must be followed; they are simply guidelines meant to help facilitate the design process.​

Download this eBook to discover the three kitchen design principles that are prevalent in today’s design world and how they can help you create functional and beautiful spaces.

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The topics covered in this eBook include:

  • Work zones (food storage, prep area, cooking, cleaning, etc.)
  • Purpose of a work triangle
  • Ideal measurement and guidelines
  • Kitchen island in a work triangle
  • Focal points
  • Symmetry
  • Scale and proportion
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Sneak Peek | Kitchen Work Zones

Work zones are areas within a kitchen that cater to specific tasks. If a kitchen designer decides to plan out a client’s kitchen with the work zones principle in mind, they will have to make sure the kitchen layout is divided by function. Each functional zone must also be properly equipped for the series of tasks at hand.​

The 5 essential kitchen work zones are:​

  • Food storage (refrigerator, freezer, pantry, cupboards)​
  • Food preparation (cutting boards, mixing bowls, chopping knives, etc.)​
  • Cooking (cooktop, oven, cooking utensils, pots & pans, etc.)​
  • Cleaning and waste (sink, dishwasher, waste bins, cleaning supplies)​
  • Serving (cutlery, plates, glasses, coffee maker, mugs, etc.)​

Food Storage​

Food storage refers to either refrigerating/freezing food items or storing them in a pantry. This task normally occurs after a grocery run, and the best way to streamline it is to place the refrigerator and the pantry within reach of each other—or even stuck together. If your client prefers extra cupboards for food storage, consider adding those near the refrigerator and pantry as well.​

Food Preparation​

Food preparation requires sufficient counter space as well as nearby drawers (or ones placed directly under that counter space) to store cutting boards, mixing bowls, knives, and other food prep utensils and tools such as a peeler, citrus squeezer, zester, measuring cup, etc.  ​ 

If possible, the food preparation zone should be near—or stuck to—the kitchen sink, as food prep also entails washing fresh produce.​ 

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