017It can be exciting to begin a new renovation project. You may be filled with inspiration and great ideas of how you want your new space to look and what you think it should include. Sometimes you might get a little carried away and not know when to stop dreaming and start the renovation. We’re here to give a little caution; when it comes to kitchen design, please don’t forget about function! Remember that the kitchen is one of the most-used spaces in the house. You don’t want to give up functionality simply for the sake of style.

We’re not saying that your kitchen can’t be stylish. It definitely can! Just don’t sacrifice function for a trend that may or may not still be cool in a few years. Take the kitchen sink, for example. Modern kitchen design will sometimes call for a “minimalist” sink for a sleek look. As the name implies, these sinks are small or come in funky shapes that do not work well for washing dishes or anything large. In your kitchen design, keep in mind what you use each appliance and area for and how often you use them. Then decide what type of appliances, counters, cabinets, and sink would work best for you.

Think about the layout of your kitchen design. The most effective kitchen layout for cooking purposes is to have what is called the “work triangle” between the refrigerator, stove, and sink. This allows fluid movement between the three for washing, cooking, and access to the food. The triangle can be as big or small as your kitchen allows; just keep the golden triangle in mind when designing your kitchen space.   If you keep the functionality of your kitchen in mind, you can still add trendy touches where you want them (think: apron sink or modern bar). Happy renovating!