As the heart of every home, the kitchen space is one that embodies everyone’s dearest held family values of shared meals and shared memories. As a result, the amount of care and attention that goes into its design is unmatched. No less important is the integration of various processes that overlap and connect with each other, to ensure a properly functional kitchen. In their design pursuits, every home owner seeks to fulfill their desire for an aesthetically pleasant and functionally sound kitchen design.
This article will outline a comprehensive list of steps, to help you through the design process in a streamlined manner. Starting from the initial phases of budgeting and design conceptualization, to the process of material selection, all the way to final installation and decorative touches. Get in touch with our talented designers and let us help you craft the luxury kitchen of your dreams!
STEP 1: WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE IN YOUR KITCHEN?
The first step to every design process is outlining the requirements of all the stakeholders. This entails everything from the activities you envision being undertaken in the space, the storage that may be required, as well as any specific requirements. Detailing this list of specifications beforehand helps to create a set of constraints that the design can operate within.
I recommend making this list as comprehensive as possible, and sharing it with your designer to give them a fair idea of what you’re hoping to achieve from your space. This preemptive study also helps to prepare you for any design related challenges you may meet later on in the process.
STEP 2: WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET?
Once the project requirements have been outlined, you can start on financial budgeting. A luxury kitchen interior can entail a number of expenses, encompassing a number of elements such as the underlying pipes and fittings, appliances, finishes, lighting and fixtures. Setting out the budget in advance helps you decide how to allocate expenses to different areas. For instance, you may want to opt for a more budget friendly cabinet finish, to allow you to invest in higher quality appliances.
A good designer will help you lay out your budget for a quality kitchen design in Dubai, striking a balance between luxe aesthetics and pragmatic frugality.
STEP 3: WHAT SHOULD THE VISUAL AESTHETIC OF THE KITCHEN LOOK LIKE?
This next step is where the design process truly gets going. In order to visualize the overall aesthetic theme of the kitchen interior, you can use a selection of swatches and samples to set up a mood board. A mood board is a design aid used to help in the selection of materials to ensure that the overall appearance is cohesive and harmonious.
Our designers can put together sample mood boards for kitchens in the UAE using a combination of cabinet finishes, countertops, floor finishes, paint samples and fabric swatches. This step will also help you in the process of material selection.
STEP 4: HOW IS THE SPACE MEANT TO FUNCTION?
This step of the process allows you to decide the layout of the kitchen. Working in a plan view, your designer will work on organizing the space, allocating space for various functions, and defining the circulation space. Generally, a kitchen space is divided into zones for cooking, food prep, and food storage. Additionally, one can add secondary zones for seating like a kitchen island or a breakfast bar. These zones tend to overlap and intersect as defined by the activity.
Our designers can help you optimize your layouts to achieve some of the best kitchens in the UAE, with functional layouts aligned with international standards.
STEP 5: HOW WILL THE STORAGE BE LAID OUT?
As a largely functional space, it stands to reason that the day-to-day activity of any kitchen necessitates a lot of equipment. For a streamlined experience, it is best that this equipment be stored within the bounds of the kitchen. This is achieved largely through kitchen cabinets, and sometimes added on by a storage pantry or any other such extension.
Good quality hardware and well-designed storage will not only ensure that all the necessary objects are placed in a safe and secure manner, but also that the proximity to functions is maximized wherever possible.
STEP 6: WHAT ROLE CAN TECHNOLOGY PLAY IN A LUXURY KITCHEN?
Integrating high end appliances and technology into the design of your kitchen interior will ensure not just seamless processes, but also a seamless aesthetic. Appliances such as refrigerator, microwave, oven, and dishwasher can be installed to align with the cabinet layout to ensure that everything is in easy access of the user.
Additionally, smart technology such as touchless faucets and motion sensitive lighting provides a sense of upscale luxury to otherwise generic kitchens in Oman.
STEP 7: HOW CAN LIGHTING HEIGHTEN THE LUXURY EXPERIENCE?
Lighting is one of those crucial design elements that can make or break any interior space. For a kitchen interior, it is important to incorporate a range of different lighting levels as different activities require different levels of illumination. For instance, food prep and cooking zones should be well lit with direct and focused light, whereas dining areas can be provided a more ambient source of mood lighting.
Layering different kinds of lighting through the use of a number of fixtures helps to create a sense of a luxurious, customizable experience. Our design team and guide you on how best to incorporate lighting into your kitchens in Abu Dhabi.