Floating vanity units have become hugely popular when it comes to new bathroom builts as well as modern renovations. Sleek, minimalist and clean, a floating vanity unit can elevate an old bathroom into something completely new.
However, if you’re used to older style vanities, you may not be convinced when it comes to these magical floating vanities. Here are the pros and cons for this newer style, and why it may or may not work for you and your family.
How to Create A Beautiful, Functional Kitchen
When you think about it, we spend quite a bit of time in our kitchens. Whether you’re cooking a hearty breakfast to get you through the day (or simply whipping up a coffee before running out the door to work), whipping up a quick midday lunch, or putting your heart and soul into a comforting dinner for the family, the kitchen is always a bustle of activity. This is why, if you get the chance, you should always opt for a kitchen that’s not only beautiful, but also highly functional, to make your time there as comfortable as can be.
Designing a kitchen that seamlessly combines aesthetics with functionality is the key to an enjoyable cooking experience. At Flooring Bathroom Interiors, we believe that a beautiful kitchen should not only look appealing but also be easy to work around. Here is how to create a space that inspires your cooking and your life!
Plan Your Kitchen’s Layout
Begin by looking at your kitchen’s size and shape. It’s best to choose a layout that best suits your needs, such as the classic L-shaped, U-shaped, or a modern open-plan design. Also try to prioritise the work triangle – the connection between the sink, stove, and refrigerator – to ensure a smooth flow while cooking. This makes cooking far more enjoyable, since you don’t need to be running back and forth while cooking a meal.
Look At Optimising Your Storage
Whether you’re a single person, a happy couple or a large family, ample storage is essential for a functional kitchen. Small pantries can lead to overloading a food waste, while not enough cupboard space can lead to clutter and frustration. When designing a functional kitchen, be sure to incorporate well-designed cabinets, drawers, and shelves to keep everything organised and within reach. Also make use of space-saving solutions like pull-out racks, carousel corners, and vertical dividers to maximise storage capacity. A tidy kitchen tends to be a beautiful kitchen, after all!
Select Quality Materials Over Cheap Ones
Rather than choosing cheap materials when designing your kitchen, it’s better to invest in durable and easy-to-maintain materials for countertops, flooring, and cabinetry. Granite, quartz, and marble countertops not only add elegance but also withstand daily wear and tear – which your kitchen will see a lot of, particularly if you’re a large family or avid entertainer. For flooring, consider options like ceramic tiles or hardwood, combining aesthetics with practicality. The same can be said for hardware including sinks and taps, since these will see plenty of use.
Place A Focus On Lighting
Proper lighting enhances the kitchen’s ambiance and functionality – if you’ve ever cooked in a dark, shadowy kitchen, you’ll agree! When you’re looking to create a beautiful, functional kitchen, make sure you incorporate a mix of natural and artificial lighting to create a bright, inviting atmosphere. Installing brighter lighting above workstations, ambient lighting on splashbacks for added brightness, and decorative fixtures as focal points ensure a well-lit and visually appealing space.
Choose Efficient, Quality Appliances
In order to save money in the long run – in terms of both energy bills and repairs – try to select energy-efficient, space-saving and quality appliances that cater to your cooking habits and can stand the test of time. These days there are plenty of appliances with smart features, which brings an added level of convenience and ease of use. Built-in appliances, such as ovens and microwaves, can also contribute to a streamlined appearance and a beautifully designed kitchen.
Consider A Multifunctional Island
An island or island counter serves as a versatile centrepiece, providing additional workspace, storage, and a social gathering spot. If you want to add even more appeal to your kitchen, you can customise your island with a built-in cooktop, sink, or breakfast bar, depending on your preferences and available space.
Incorporate Adequate Ventilation
Efficient ventilation is crucial when it comes to eliminating cooking odours and maintaining a fresh atmosphere. It’s always a good idea to install a quality range hood or an exhaust fan to ensure proper air circulation and ventilation, keeping your kitchen free from the possibility of nasty smells and smoke while cooking.
Always Personalise With Decor
At Flooring Bathroom Interiors, we always encourage you to personalise your space in any way you see fit! Add a touch of personality to your kitchen with tasteful decor elements, such as drawer pulls, tapware, vases of flowers, colourful cookware, artwork, or indoor plants to infuse life and character into the space.
Keep It Clutter-Free
Maintaining a clutter-free kitchen is one of the best ways to create an esthetics and functional kitchen. To keep on top of this, regularly declutter countertops and storage spaces to create a clean and serene cooking environment that everyone, including the cook, can enjoy.
Designing a beautiful, functional kitchen requires a thoughtful balance between aesthetics and practicality. At Flooring Bathroom Interiors, we love helping craft kitchens that reflect your unique style, making the heart of your home a space to cherish and enjoy for years to come. Talk to us today about our range of kitchen pieces, or book a consultation with our talented designers and create the beautiful, functional kitchen you’ve been dreaming of.