Large Kitchens; Ensuring It's Cosy & Comfortable
Richard Davonport | 30 November 2015
Homeowners with a large kitchen can really make this room the hub of the home whether
be for entertaining guests or for everyone to spend time together as a family. Although
luxurious, a large amount of floor space can be daunting. Your Davonport kitchen designer is
always on hand to assist you; however it may be helpful to have some rough ideas for your
kitchen. Cabinetry maximises the space but it tends to sit around the edges of the room. To
prevent the space feeling sparse it is important to consider the layout, furniture/storage
solutions and a great centrepiece, such as an island these
are the core elements of your
The most important factor when it comes to designing a large kitchen is ergonomics. Putting
the fridge freezer at the opposite end of the room to your cooking area, for example, is
impractical. Think about how you use your kitchen and prioritise keeping the structure of the
food preparation, cooking, and eating areas distinct. In addition, take into account the space
as a whole and the proportions involved, making sure that you don’t overcrowd or
overwhelm any areas.
A large kitchen is often part of a great open plan space so there is a lot of scope for creating
flow. Centrepieces, such as islands, facilitate this and also help to create different zones
which help to give a larger kitchen order and focus. As mentioned, different zones will
typically include food preparation, cooking, and eating areas, as well as a washing up area.
Though not essential, other popular zones to incorporate into a larger kitchen are seating
and drinks areas. It is important that different zones do not compromise each other it
should be easy to move logically between the areas without getting in someone else’s way.
Creating these zones gives the space practical separations as well as having a positive
Furniture and Storage
Larger kitchens allow for more options in terms of kitchen furniture design. Tall storage
cupboards, islands and pantries are all possibilities within a larger space. Your choice of
island could incorporate seating, include appliances or even feature multiple islands.
Equally, a pantry could be walk in, freestanding or simply pantry cupboards surrounding a
fridge. A large room offers the potential for a wide array of options.
Of course, the more space and solutions there are, the more opportunity there is to
incorporate modern storage ideas that offer both stylish and practical solutions. Where
suitable, kitchens can have hidden larders, spice inserts cleverly designed into cabinetry, or
even multiple appliance garages perfect
for gadget lovers. An appliance garage is used to
house the items that are needed a lot in the kitchen so that they are easily accessible but are
hidden away. Regardless of kitchen size, it can easily look untidy if the worktops are covered
with appliances. Appliance garages can be used for anything from kettles and toasters to
food processors and blenders. Ultimately, there are almost endless options available
depending on how you use your kitchen, and which items need to be stored. The most
important thing is to ensure that items that are used frequently are easily accessible in
large kitchen with a lot of storage it can be easy for things to get lost. For that reason, there’s
little point filling the kitchen with cabinetry consider
what crockery and other kitchen
equipment you own, how much storage you currently use, and plan accordingly.
So how do you fill any remaining space? Bringing in other furniture will ensure that the space
feels homely and cosy. For example, integrate sofas, a dining table and chairs, large
pictures or even plants so that the space is filled appropriately. Large spaces can easily be
adapted to a family’s specific requirements such as incorporating a dining table, family room
or media area. As a result, we often find that a kitchen designed around lifestyle calls for
more than just kitchen furniture and equipment. Whether you opt for sofas or a study area,
soft furnishings will prevent the kitchen from feeling sparse, adding a homely feel.
Of course it’s important not to forget the final key element the
centrepiece. Larger kitchens
can accommodate a range of options from
breakfast bars to islands with banquette seating.
Islands and peninsulas are some of the most popular features for kitchens, especially in
larger spaces, and as such they are high on the wish list for many customers. Islands offer
additional storage, work surface and dining areas, as well as enhancing the look of the
Islands present an opportunity to incorporate several wish list items; a wine fridge, warming
drawers, breakfast bar or barrel cabinetry with builtin
chopping blocks to name a few. This
type of arrangement will provide a central focus for the kitchen, and create an ideal place for
members of the family to gather round whilst cooking, making your kitchen a very sociable
part of the home.
Importantly, don’t be worried about making a bold statement with large proportions if you
have the space – it’s important to ensure that your kitchen centerpiece doesn’t get lost in the
Lastly it is worth mentioning lighting as it’s an element not everyone considers at the design
stage, but can make all the difference. It’s nice to mix lighting styles in large kitchens, for
example a combination of pendant lights, ceiling spotlights and plinth lighting will provide a
lovely even light throughout the room. Pendant lights in particular are especially nice over an
island or table as they help fill the space. Using different types of lights enables you to
highlight different focal points, and create ambient lighting when entertaining. Importantly,
different styles of lighting give the light different textures which adds a really nice extra
dimension to the room.
Ultimately, if you are planning to redesign your space to form a large kitchen you have an
impressive choice of options; bespoke cabinetry and furniture presents a wide variety of
possibilities. This inspiring list of options may seem a little daunting to begin with; however
the points suggested in this article are worth remembering. Your Davonport designer is on
hand throughout the entire process to assist you in designing your large kitchen, ensuring it
becomes the spacious but welcoming core of the home with each and every detail designed
around you and your lifestyle.