Flexible, classic, and efficient. The L-shaped kitchen layout will be 2021’s top kitchen floor plan, and here’s how to properly design it!
Kitchens are no longer just a place where you prepare and cook your meal. It’s also your workspace, craft station, and for parents out there, it’s the classroom of your kids. So it only makes sense that design experts are changing the kitchen layout into something practical and efficient. According to a survey conducted by the National Kitchen and Bath Association, 700 design professionals predict that the L-shaped kitchen layout will dominate in 2021, and we’re not really surprised why.
Aside from being practical and efficient, the L-shaped kitchen layout is both classic and one of the most popular, especially in open floor plans. Plus, its highly flexible design can be adapted to different home sizes and styles.
There are lots of advantages to the L-shaped kitchen layout, such as:
- Perfect for open plan living: The L-shaped kitchen layout is perfect for homes with open plan living. Family members can come and go. Plus, communication is much easier since no walls are separating the space. It’s also recommended for parents who need to keep an eye on their kids while they do house chores.
- Great work triangle: This golden work triangle refers to the three essential kitchen stations: cooktop, fridge, and sink. The L-shaped kitchen layout optimizes workflow by creating easy access to these three essential stations.
- It minimizes dead corners
Of course, if there are pros to the L-shaped kitchen layout, expect that there are also cons, such as it’s not suitable for large kitchen areas because there are cases that the cooktop is quite far from the fridge, which decreases the efficiency rate. Another con is it can be used by one person at a time, except if you have wide arms of L-shaped kitchen space and an island bench.
Here are some design examples of L-shaped kitchen layouts.
Add an Island
We have mentioned that an L-shaped kitchen layout isn’t suitable for large kitchen areas since it can decrease the efficiency rate. However, adding an island can be a solution to the problem since it can salvage yourself some valuable productivity. Place your cooktop or sink on the island to reduce the size of your work triangle. Plus, it’s a perfect excuse to add an island. Make sure to build lots of drawers or storage space to minimize the visual clutter.
Decorate With a Rug
Don’t stress if you have a small kitchen space, you can still make it look chic by adding a patterned rug. Trust us, it’ll add warmth and color to the space without making it feel even smaller.
To make your L-shaped kitchen layout look clean, add shelves for storage. Make the space feel cohesive by arranging your bowls and mugs by color. Store items that you use every day on the shelves, and keep the other items inside the cabinet or drawers. You can also install a rod to hang your cooking tools.
Combine It With Your Dining Room
If you’re blessed with tons of kitchen space, you can combine your dining area and kitchen together. In this gorgeous kitchen designed by Leanne Ford, the space is decorated with items that have similar proportions, like a large rustic dining table, to accomplish a similar layout but with a new twist.
We’re really digging the L-shaped kitchen layout since it provides a lot of design flexibility. What do you think of this kitchen trend? Learn more interior design tips and ideas on Omysa’s Design blog. Happy decorating!