WEIGH IN YOUR NEEDS
It may be tempting to try to equip your kitchen with every other domestic appliance and implements available – more so if you’re setting up the space for the first time. But such acquisitions might not even be in accord with what you and your family require. What’s more, equipment take up precious real estate in an area with limited footprint. Assess your needs to ascertain the pieces you should invest on. For instance, a massive double-door refrigerator might meet the demands of a large household; but if you and your other half eat out most times, consider a slimmer alternative.
When it comes to finishes, it is of no surprise that home dwellers tend to make the mistake of basing their decision on aesthetics alone. Surfaces span across a major portion of the kitchen, creating the most visual impact here. But bear in mind that zones like the floor and countertop are subjected to heavy traffic, hard knocks and spills and splashes on a regular basis. This means the room’s materials palette should not only satisfy your palate, it should be able to serve your creature habits as well. Take for example marble worktops. Although pretty in pictures, they won’t be able to stand up to the daily rigours of a demanding household. Busy cook spaces should instead be equipped with engineered stones the likes of quartz. Apart from being tougher, these surfaces are just as good-looking. After all, we believe a great kitchen is one that’s equal parts form and function.
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