Diagrams of 6 common kitchen layouts

Top 7 Types of Kitchen Layouts You Should Consider for Your Home

Choosing the best kitchen layout should be the most important priority when you do the interior designing for your home. It is the place where most of the actions in a house are happening, and so it should be well planned to make your life easier.

There are many different ways you can layout your kitchen but the best type of kitchen for your home would vary based on the following factors:

  • Size of the house and kitchen area
  • Size of the family
  • The types of amenities you want in your kitchen

Considering these factors will help you to determine the best type of kitchen for your family. You won’t need a G-shaped kitchen if you have a small family and

  • You don’t need to use lots of kitchen appliances
  • You don’t need to a lot of workspace in the countertop
  • You don’t need lots of cabinets because you don’t have that many items to store

Having said that, let’s explore the types of kitchens that are most commonly used.

 

#1 The One-Wall Kitchen

In the one -wall kitchen layout, you will have all your appliances, cabinets, countertops, oven/range against one wall.  As a result, you will have a very limited space to work on and store different things.

The one-wall kitchen layout is also known as straigt kitchen.

A one-wall kitchen layout is a great option for both large and luxurious kitchen as well as small kitchens.

When it comes to the small houses, a one-wall kitchen is a space saver. Only one wall occupied which gives plenty of free space on the other sides.

When it comes to the luxury homes, a one-wall kitchen is clean and elegant. The kitchen will not look cluttered with lots of cabinets, drawers, and appliances against all walls. It gives an elegant look to the luxury houses.

Advantages

  • This layout doesn’t take much space. So, the kitchen gets more breathing space

Disadvantages

  • Storage space is limited
  • The work area is limited
  • Not much area to keep appliances and

This is a good option for very small families that don’t cook much.

Since there is a lot of free space, you can keep a small dining table in a corner or island countertop in the center. It will give you the space for a quick meal or more space to work.

 

Kitchen Island

A kitchen island is a free-standing cabinetry that is usually placed in the center of a kitchen. It provides a countertop and people can work from all around it since it is in the center. It also gives lots of storage space. You can build a kitchen island in your kitchen if you want but that is not recommended. Moveable kitchen islands are available in the market which are more convenient. So, it is better to choose them.

 

 

#2 The L-shaped Kitchen

L-shaped is one of the most commonly seen kitchen layouts. In this, the countertop is placed against two adjoining walls, so it creates an L shape.

Compared to the one-wall kitchen, an L shaped kitchen gives more space to work and more storage. The work zone will be very small in this layout which is very convenient.

One corner of the kitchen will be entirely free, and you can keep a small dining table or create another work area if you wish.

Alternatively, an island countertop will also work as an additional facility in an L shaped kitchen.

 

#3 The Parallel Kitchen

In parallel kitchen layout, you would place your countertop, appliances, and cabinets against two parallel or opposing walls.

Parallen kitchen layout is also known as galley kitchen.

The benefit of this layout is that you can divide the kitchen into the dry and the wet area. You can do all your washing and cooking on one side of the kitchen while the other side is dedicated to storage and appliances.

If you have an open kitchen, you can use an island countertop or table as a second wall which would make the kitchen more interesting.

This layout makes working in the kitchen a lot easier due to the small work zone where you can do most of your actions and tasks.

 

#4 The U-Shaped Kitchen

U shaped kitchen make use of three walls. This layout gives plenty of space to work and stores things. You may have wall cabinets on all three walls, and it is a lot of storage space.

You can bring as many appliances as you want and you will have space to keep everything well organized. You can also buy lots of kitchenware because you don’t have to worry about the space to store them.

Since most of the area in the kitchen will be occupied, there will be no space to keep dining table or create an additional work zone.

 

#5 The Island Kitchen

Island kitchen increases the functionality of a kitchen significantly. The island kitchen can be used for kitchen work as well as dining. People can work from all around the countertop which let multiple persons use it at the same time.

Moreover, it also provides a bunch of drawers and cabinets for storing things.

 

#6 The Peninsula Kitchen

In peninsula kitchen layout, you will have the moveable or fixed island attached to one wall so that it spate the kitchen from the rest of the house. You can access the island (now a peninsula) from three sides.

The island countertop separates the kitchen and the dining area.

One side will be inside the kitchen, another side is on the way to the kitchen from the rest of the house, and the fourth side will be inside the room that is adjacent to the kitchen (usually a dining area or living room).

 

#7 The G-shaped Kitchen

The G-shaped kitchen is a blend of peninsula kitchen as well as the U-shaped kitchen. You will have wall cabinets and appliances against all three walls on the kitchen. On the fourth side, you will have a countertop attached to one wall like in a peninsula kitchen. All you have to enter and exit the kitchen is a small passage in between the countertop and one wall.

G-shaped kitchen layout makes use of the available space to the maximum. You can have plenty of amenities and make your work a lot easier.

However, the breathing space in the kitchen will be very limited in a g-shaped kitchen.

 

Final Thoughts

These are the common types of kitchens, and you can choose one among these for your house as well. Remember, you should consider your needs and the size and dimension of the kitchen while you select one.

an image of beautiful interior designed without the help of a professional interior designer

How Can You Design Your Home without Hiring an Interior Designer

If you are a little creative and have the time to do research, you don’t need to hire a professional interior designer to design your interior. Actually, you need an interior designer only if you have to make structural changes in your house. All other things, you can decide by yourself.

The following actionable ideas on how to design a home without hiring an interior designer will help you to make your home look beautiful without any help from a professional interior designer.

 

 

#1 Research and Find Inspirations from Internet

The Internet is a vast ocean of information, and now you don’t have to struggle hard to find amazing ideas to design your interior. Websites like Pinterest and Instagram are really helpful to find interior design images and get inspiration.

These websites can have millions of images related to home interior designing. When you go through these photos, you will begin to form your own new ideas. This is the best way to do the design by yourself.

 

#2 Plan What You Want to Achieve

If you have a clear idea of what you want to achieve, things will be easier. For example, you need wardrobes for your bedrooms with a distinctive style. Then you can check for cool ideas on wardrobes on the internet.

 

#3 Head on to IKEA

IKEA is a manufacturer and retailer of high-quality home accessories. You can even find modular furniture which you can assemble and disassemble quickly. IKEA is also known for the premium quality of its products.

You don’t need to hire a professional carpenter to create the desk or cabinets. You can get the parts of these kinds of furniture in the IKEA stores and assemble them by yourself.

Unfortunately, IKEA doesn’t have many stores in India and doesn’t provide e-commerce on their website. However, IKEA is selling thousands of items through Amazone.in

There you can find products like small floating shelves, wall shelves, drawer chest, etc. with excellent design and premium quality.

 

#4 Hiring Local Skilled Workers If Required

Some works like creating cabinets, desks or wardrobes may require professional help. If that is the case, it is better to hire local carpenters with expertise and experience in building them. Hiring a local skilled worker is less expensive than hiring an interior design and his/her team to execute the work.

 

#5 Choose Paint Color and Type

You will need to hire local painting workers for this. You can make intelligent decisions about the best color and type of paint for your interior by yourself. You don’t need the help of a professional for that. A half an hour read will give you the basic ideas to choose the best paint color and type for you.

Choose Paint Color

When you choose the color, you need to think about the color psychology. It is not rocket science which ordinary people can’t understand. Here are some of the basic rules for choosing the best colors.

  • Choose white, off-white or extremely light colors to brighten up a room
  • Choose soft and lighter shades of green or blue colors for the bedroom to give a cozy feeling
  • Kitchen and living room require vibrant colors to make you dynamic. So pick yellow, orange or similar colors.
  • Yellow can be great for the living room and choose red or orange for the kitchen.

As I always say, look for ideas on the internet and figure out what others do. If other interior designers use this, it should also work for you.

Choose Paint Finishing

Different paints will create different roughness and glossiness to the surface. You can categorize paints as matte, eggshell, low-gloss, and high-gloss based on their finishing or sheen.

  • Matte: extremely rough, hide imperfections on the wall and no reflection or glossiness, difficult to clean
  • High-gloss: Extremely glossy, smooth surface, highlight imperfections on the wall, easy to clean

Matte and high-gloss are two extremes. You can learn more about the different types of paint finishes or sheen for the interior in this article.

 

#6 Find Inspirations and Save them for Later Use

As I said earlier, Instagram and Pinterest are two great websites for that.

Under some photos, you can find the details of the material they used. You can mark the images that you like. Different websites have different methods to save images as favorites into our profile. On Pinterest, it is called “Pinning.” You can pin a photo by clicking the small heart icon on the top right left corner of any image you see on the website. This will be saved in your profile as your pinned photos.

After saving these photos, you can show them to retailers in your area or a local skilled worker.

 

#7 Install LED Strip Lights

If you think hidden LED strips spreading light from behind can enhance the mood and feel of any house. You can get a LED strips lights from local stores or purchase from websites like Amazon. There are extremely easy to use, and you wouldn’t need a carpenter to install them in most cases.

You can easily stick the LED light strips behind the desk and connect the wire into a plug point. There are different varieties of LED strips. Some LED strips have only one light while other can produce multiple lights. You can choose one based on your interests.

Apart from desks, you can also place the light under your bed or behind the TV. You will get more ideas on where to use LED strip lights from the internet.

 

#8 Get Window Curtains Matching with the Paint

You can walk into a local store and check online to find curtains for your windows that match with the paint color. The curtain should complement with the rest of the interior. You can again go online and find some inspirations for the curtains as well.

Get a Beautiful Couch or Sofa that Blends with the Design

A beautiful sofa or couch that blends with the overall design is a great way to decorate your home. There are different types of couches and find the one that best matches with your requirements. You should also consider the overall space of the living room while choosing the sofa.

 

#9 Artworks on Walls

You can hang a large artwork or arrange a collection of framed photographs on your wall to create a focal point. Find inspirations from online to group framed photographs on the wall.

 

#10 Throw Pillows and Area Rugs

Having an area rug in your living room and living room can transform the look and feel of a room. You can also get some throw pillows and use them as accent elements in different rooms.

These are some of the actionable ideas you can do in your home. If you go online and check websites like Pinterest, you can find tons of inspiration.

 

Final Thoughts

These ideas will help you to enhance the visual beauty of your home. However, this is not actual interior design. Interior design is about designing to spaces to improve the living experience and beautifying the home is only a part of that.