I have a problem. Well, I think it's more that other peopIe have a problem, of course. It's not me it's you. I guess it depends on how you look at it. The thing is, I can't stand things. I walk into other people's houses and immediately want to begin purging the things they just don't need. People have too much. I feel like I have too much even though I do massive purges of things quarterly. Ask my friends. It's like a constant sale on my Facebook page.
Enter the fact that I am a design consultant, as well as an interior and renovation designer for client's homes. This gets really tricky (aka fun). I get to go in and design new spaces for people, all the while trying to throw out some of their things that they just don't need (45 old ratty towels). Fine line. Not sure I'm good at doing it tactfully, but I try. My mother-in-law gets no tact from me, poor sweet lady. I go on autopilot removing the "unneeded" things from her house. I have a problem, which I choose to view as a solution, obviously. You should've seen me during my sister-in-law's recent move to Phoenix. Everything had to go. It was so much fun. For me. I think she almost had a heart attack.
What's this got to do with designing shit, Wendy? Listen! I've talked about how to design a kitchen to make it functional and beautiful, but I forgot to really hit these words of wisdom that must be heard.
Consider what you actually need instead of what people expect.
Have a couple of good things instead of many crappy things.
Stop adding things.
Don't be normal.
Stop doing what other people are doing.
Think outside the box.
That means you won't be hearing me say more cabinets! More storage! More, more, more! How about less? How about approaching your new kitchen differently? WARNING: Some of what you find below may not be what you normally hear on the subject of kitchen design. I'm guessing you've already gathered that much. I'm not the follow the current trends and do what everyone expects type. My hope is that it helps you feel confident enough to break the mold in your mind. Shock and awe, that's how we'll do this. Do things differently. Be cool.
Let's design something different...
No doubt you (hopefully) spend some time in your kitchen making some meals. You'll definitely need to store tools, food and serving wear in this area as well. However, I'm seeing a trend in kitchens where they are actually becoming larger than the living space. Should we be devoting more space to preparing food than an area in which to enjoy it and other daily activities? Hell no. Soon we'll walk into a home and it will just be one giant kitchen with cabinets lining every wall. No wonder people are spending $70,000 on a kitchen remodel. Some kitchens have so many cabinets these days that people feel the need to collect more things to store. Stop this. When designing a new kitchen, keep the size balanced with the rest of the rooms. Leave room for a sofa to sit on and maybe a dining area. Balance, people. Balance.
Standard Is Crap
Let's stop it with the "standard" everything. Appliances are no doubt important, but if the kitchen is small to begin with, then putting in standard sized appliances will overwhelm the space. For example, a tiny kitchen should not have a side-by-side refrigerator. NO. These fill a large foot print and feel like a giant is taking over the room. How much food are you trying to store in there anyway? Look in your fridge. Do it. Is most of the stuff in there actually food? Real food? Mustard and mayo is not food. Don't fight me on this. How about throwing out some of those half empty ketchup bottles? Are you trying to live more healthfully, yet most of the space in your fridge is devoted to boxed items? Fix this. Throw it out. Stop buying those things. Get ahold of yourself.
Buy appropriately sized appliances for your tiny kitchen. Consider a 24" range or fridge instead of a standard 30" version.