The ultimate goal of kitchen design is being able to plan an efficient, safe, functional and aesthetically pleasing layout. How this is achieved can be quite confusing for those with little idea of the complexities of design. In order to make sense of kitchen design, one must first be able to grasp both the tangible and intangible considerations of space planning.
Tangible considerations are in essence, factual data such as existing space constraints of your kitchen, lifestyle requirements, appliances, building regulations, kitchen standards and your budget.
Intangible aspects of kitchen design relate to the physical ambience of the space such as mood and character as well as look and feel. Other intangible aspects to consider are basic design theory which includes Elements of Design (colour and light, form and space, shape and texture) and Design Principles (scale, proportion, balance, unity, emphasis and rhythm).
Of course you will have your own predetermined ideas on how your kitchen will look, feel and function. The way in which you envisage your kitchen will directly relate to your personality, tastes and lifestyle. But how do you create your perfect kitchen when you have little to no idea about kitchen design? Engage the services of a kitchen designer.
A good kitchen designer will have certain characteristics such as skill, style, flair and empathy. Skill is learnt by study and practice. The designer will have a thorough grounding in Principles and Elements of design. Style is developed through observation and practice. It is an ability to determine the best materials from a variety of choices coupled with the ability to use fashion as a tool (but not be a slave to it). A well styled kitchen will have timeless appeal. Flair is an imaginative expression that can make a kitchen distinctive. Empathy and sensitivity is the mark of a good designer. In order to determine and truly express the clients tastes and lifestyle, the designer must listen intently to the client and observe at all times.