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Ottawa’s Best Kitchen Layout Ideas for 2021

light kitchen design with gold undertones and bench seats
We’ve spent the majority of 2020 at home, which led to us changing many of our cooking, entertaining, and working habits.

Our kitchens in the past year have acted as a home’s headquarters. It’s where everyone comes together to make every meal, attends and hosts Zoom meetings, and just enjoys the company of their loved ones.

However, after spending countless hours in the kitchen, many have noticed how some parts of the kitchen layout are not completely functional or sanitary.

Industry experts have placed hygiene and cleanliness as their top priority when it comes to designing a new kitchen. Of course, flexibility and functionality remain just as important as cleanliness.

People are slowly beginning to drift away from the copy and paste kitchens they find on Instagram and Pinterest and have begun to add their own special touches to their homes.

Kitchen Trends That Are Here to Stay in 2021

Although a classic white kitchen will forever remain the favourite and most popular choice for a kitchen design, recent years have shown an increased interest in bolder colours and designs.

2021 has been depicted as the year of warm colours. Global stylists have chosen warm colours such as brown, specific shades of orange, and beige.

These colours are said to invoke feelings of comfort and compassion, which is perfect for these uncertain times we’re living in.

To accent the warm color of the cabinets, natural wood tones, gold accents, and greenery are recommended.

Another unusual yet arising kitchen trend is decorative range hoods.

In the past, many of us tried hiding the range hoods or using stainless steel ones. However, new kitchens are moving away from hidden ventilation and opting to use the range hoods as a focal point instead.

There is no need to go over the top to create this focal point, having the hood extend beyond the cabinets or painting it in an accent colour will go a long way.

To incorporate the heightened importance of hygiene, touchless faucets are being incorporated into everyday kitchens. Faucets are known hot spots for germs to reside on, so with the new touchless feature, the spread of germs is significantly decreased.

Kitchen Layout Design Tips and Mistakes to Avoid

If you’re planning a new kitchen, there are a few key factors you must keep in mind: organization, layout, and design style.

The greatest area of activity in a kitchen is the kitchen triangle, which is where the sink, stove, and refrigerator are located. When designing a kitchen, you must make sure there are no obstructions between these three main areas.

The sink is the most frequently used, so if the plumbing is in a bad location, consider hiring a plumber to move the plumbing to a more efficient place.

For the best accessibility, the kitchen triangle should be no less than 10 feet apart in total and no greater than 25 feet.

When budgeting for a new kitchen, people tend to place the backsplash at the end of the list or remove it completely.

However, doing so will cost you more in the long run. All the steam, water, and grease that is created regularly in the kitchen will damage the paint or wallpaper on the walls.

With a backsplash, you’re not only incorporating a beautiful accent to your kitchen but you’re also making it easier to clean the grease and stains off of the walls.

The presence of stinky odours in our kitchens significantly takes away from the kitchen design.

The first thing people will notice when walking into your kitchen is not the gold accents or modern light fixtures but rather the smell of last night’s dinner. Installing a good ventilation system improves indoor air quality and will make cooking a more pleasant experience.

Besides, who would want to pass up the opportunity to have an attractive focal point?

In every kitchen, good lighting is key. No one enjoys cooking in a dark setting, so you’ll want to make sure that there are plenty of light sources in your kitchen.

Having a good visual connection to the outdoors will make you feel more connected with the outdoors, which has been sought out since the pandemic.

Design Your Dream Kitchen With Magnolia Construction

In the past year, kitchens have become the main gathering point in a home.

Before, people didn’t put much thought into the design and layout of their kitchen, but now that they spend the majority of their time there, it’s become clear that some changes need to be made.

Our expert designers at Magnolia are here to give you the dream kitchen you deserve. Whether you’re looking to stick to the classic white kitchen aesthetic or jump into more trendy designs, we’re here to help.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can transform your kitchen into a space you’ll want to spend more time in.