How to Design a Smart Kitchen
Tips on how to design a smart kitchen may sound out of a sci-fi movie, but these days smart technology has changed the way we not only use our homes but also design them. With smart appliances that are capable of some fantastic features like a smart fridge that can coordinate your meals and look up recipes, there are some brilliant ways to transform the time you spend in the kitchen and help you in numerous ways.
So in this article, we’re going to take a look at some components that go into designing a smart kitchen and what you should be considering before you plan your renovation.
Budgeting for a smart kitchen
A smart kitchen is going to require a bit more money than a regular kitchen renovation, especially if you plan to change out some other components such as your shelving, cabinets and countertops. While there aren’t many smart alternatives for these furniture pieces, a smart kitchen does go well with a more modern colour scheme that involves neutrals and a more muted theme.
Regular appliances are a lot cheaper than smart appliances, and you also need to consider the placement of your WiFi router and internet connectivity because smart appliances will generally need to be in range to use the internet. It’s what they use to connect to the internet so that they can grab recipes to display on the fridge or even help you order groceries automatically. There are also smart devices like sous vide cookers and smart scales that can help you cook precise meals like cakes.
In short, look at what smart appliances you’ll include when you design a smart kitchen and also consider how much it will cost to change the paint scheme and decor if you want a modern theme to fit with your modern appliances.
Smart storage space for smaller kitchens
A smart kitchen also means that you’re going to make use of all the space in the room. If you have a relatively small kitchen, then using unique storage options can help you save a tonne of space and offer you far more functionality than you could imagine. Small kitchens need to be well-organized and everything should be orderly if you want it to look clean and modern enough to fit your smart appliances and a new colour scheme.
Adding storage to unexpected areas like under kitchen countertops and hidden inside walls does take some custom carpentry, but it’s well worth the extra cost and effort especially if you want to make the most of your kitchen. Smart appliances such as a family hub refrigerator can be the centrepiece to your kitchen as well, offering plenty of functionality that would typically require several appliances in your kitchen.
Verticality is a component you should be utilizing quite a lot for extra storage space. Be it higher shelves or cupboards that reach further up towards the ceiling, verticality can be utilized very well if you need extra storage space for all of your food items and appliances. Corners can also be utilized better since there’s a lot of unused space when there are corners in your kitchen cabinets and countertops, so consider a custom corner storage solution to make use of that space.
Effective use of larger kitchens
If you’ve recently extended your kitchen or have a home with a -relatively- large kitchen space, then, it’s important to look for ways on how you can layout and organize a large kitchen to make effective use of all the space you have.
First, make sure that your smart fridge is easily reached by everyone in the family and can be used while not disturbing your cooking or other parts of your kitchen’s functionality. It should have an open space in front of it so that you’re not cramped between your kitchen island and your stove top or countertops, allowing everyone to use it as a family hub and steering traffic away from dangerous appliances.
The kitchen island itself should be practically positioned so that you’re able to use it as a place to serve food, chat with your family but also quickly serve food from your stove top and collect dishes and cutlery to be placed in the sink quickly. If your kitchen is an irregular shape or you have tricky features to work around such as a large pillar or an awkwardly placed kitchen island, then it might be best to ask for advice from an experienced kitchen planner on how you can direct the traffic flow through your kitchen yet still make use of smart appliances.