It is easy to get carried away when you are designing a new kitchen. Since it is a major investment, it is not just about looks. It is critical that your kitchen works for your lifestyle. Lately, magazines are taking this approach when it comes to kitchen design.
First, there was the March 2010 issue of Dwell who explored kitchen design from people who really cook at home. The March 2010 of Living etc. showcased several kitchens with no upper cabinets. These kitchens look like someone really live there. You can see if it fits your tolerance to clutter and how easily you can reach things when cooking. In April, Living etc. continues with an article where form and function meet in smart kitchens, plus expert advice on flooring and appliances.
Even though I am not moving or renovating my home, I often think about what would be my ideal kitchen layout. I analyze what I like in my own kitchen and what I wish to change. I know that finding the right design that fits into my lifestyle is a work in progress and that it will evolve in time. But by thinking about it, I think I would get a better idea of what I really need when it comes the time to redo my kitchen.
I would like a walk-in pantry to limit the number of cabinets. A roomy space where to keep and plate the food when I entertain would come handy. I lean towards no upper cabinet on at least one wall but I am not sure if I could live without them completely. What about you? What type of kitchen layout do you prefer? What is the perfect work plan for you? What are your must-haves in a kitchen?
+ photos: March 2010 of Living etc.