“WE SPEND SO much time in the kitchen,” says kitchen designer Marie Browne. “But we don’t ask ourselves, how are we using this space? How could we be using it better?”
For most households in Ireland, the kitchen is where life happens. Not just cooking, but everything from the morning scramble to afternoon schoolwork; from lazy lunches to late-night conversations.
We asked Marie – a designer with Cash & Carry Kitchens – for her tips on designing a kitchen that makes life easier, not harder. Say goodbye to cluttered worktops and make awkward storage a thing of the past with her expert advice.
1. First, make your ‘must-have’ list of appliances
The first step, says Marie, is to look at the things that you really need. “That’s where the design process really starts,” she says. And it’s crucial to be realistic. “If you’re a family of four, you don’t want an under-the-counter refrigerator. You need a tall larder fridge, or there’s just not going to be enough space.”
A good starting point, says Marie, is to look at your daily routine. “Are you only using the kitchen for breakfast and a pizza when you get home? Then you can say, one single oven. But the family that is constantly entertaining, or is multigenerational with parents and adult children also in the house – then you probably need two ovens. And maybe also select a combination microwave oven as a third.”
If you do this, rather than just including the ‘standard’ appliances, you’ll avoid missing any essentials – or overspending on appliances you don’t really need.
2. Then, imagine yourself in your new kitchen
To begin orienting the room, and to ensure that it reflects your needs, Marie suggests visualising yourself in it. “I would be saying, you’re standing at the