- What advice can you give for planning your layout to create different zones? The kitchen triangle is a great place to start, with the sink/ dishwasher, oven and refrigerator all positioned in an efficient and timesaving triangle arrangement, which means less time is spent pacing from one end of the room to the other.
- What are the key elements for achieving a functional cooking/ dining/living space? An open-plan kitchen allows the space to be used as a multifunctional room. Placing the hob in the middle of the island allows you to cook while still engaging with family or dinner party guests. Making your dining arrangement comfortable and inviting means the whole family will flock there, not just to eat but to also do homework or simply sit and chat. And building in a corner bench will not only provide you with seating but offers the added bonus of additional storage underneath.
- Are there any particular materials, finishes or colours that are especially successful in kitchen zoning? Specifically, in terms of kitchen zoning, one effective way of doing this through materials is by changing the work surface. For example, you may choose to have a run of natural marble in a cabinetry focused section for storage but a tougher stone like granite is better in the food preparation area where it can withstand stains and spills.
- What are the main benefits from zoning in terms of ergonomics, practicality and styling? Zoning means your kitchen will feel naturally balanced, considered and harmonious in terms of style and ergonomics. Well thought out zones make life more efficient. The whole room just flows. Factoring in primary zones for cooking and socialising allows the kitchen to become a multipurpose hub, bringing the whole family together. It also lets you make the absolute most of a room. With zoning in mind, every nook and cranny is explored. A window ledge suddenly becomes a cosy window seat for curling up on, and a kitchen island with stools added turns into your new casual breakfast table.
Credit: Hayley Gilbert (Words) Published: As featured in EKBB Magazine, Issue 244, August 2016