Whether it is an every meal thing or just the occasional inspiration, we have all been struck by the urge to go gourmet. We don the imaginary puffy white hat, sprinkle some flour across our faces and (for many us) proceed to create an absolute mess as the well justifiable means to our desired gourmet ends.
What if it could be easier? Well, maybe not the mess part. But what if you could incorporate some gourmet design ideas into your current or next kitchen layout. It is not as difficult as you might think! Here are 4 simple design ideas that can help you go “gourmet” in your kitchen.
1) Create a well-defined prep space – define where you do your prep work and work out from there. In most cases, it is not just about the space but about who will use it as well. Is this for one cook or two? In some cases it may be necessary to create multiple areas that will complement each in the overall flow of the kitchen.
2) Organize! Organize! Organize! – this rules in any kitchen! In cabinet accessories to organize cooking utensils, pots, pans and lids, cooking spices and more all in the same run of cabinets are a must and keep you organized and on task without wandering about. Refrigerator placement should come into consideration as well as easily accessible mixers, processer and other hand held appliances.
3) See the light – actually, this should really say see what you are doing! There are so many reasons good lighting is important in the kitchen, particularly as we get older. Task lighting is essential in any food prep and cooking zone not only to be able see what you are doing, but to watch your gourmet masterpieces come to life as well.
4) A “go to” appliance – for most, the first thing that comes to mind will be a commercial grade gas powered cooktop. While this brings high-performance into your kitchen, be sure it is what you really need and if so, include the proper ventilation (and cookware!) to go with it.
These 4 design ideas work whether you are doing a full kitchen remodel or just want to make a few key improvements to freshen up or organize your kitchen. Instead of creating of a storm in the kitchen, by combining one or all of them in your kitchen you can focus on just cooking up one!
By Jim Grace