The popularity of TV shows and movies like Fox’s “MasterChef” and “No Reservations” has established the appeal of professional kitchens. The attraction of restaurant interior designs lies in its practicality and durability. Even if you’re not a chef by trade, your home could still be outfitted with professional kitchen elements that add function with style, enhancing its practical workflow.
If your kitchen has firmly established itself as the heart of your home, check out these ideas for a commercial-inspired kitchen, angry chef notwithstanding.
1. Consider your cooking requirements
Professional appliances and lots of counter space do not a restaurant-inspired kitchen make. The kitchen work triangle is an important concept to consider regardless of its size or layout. Placing key design elements in strategic “work zones” ensures that everything needed to create a great meal is close at hand.
Your ability to use certain cooking equipment and cooking styles will also decide what appliances and equipment your new kitchen will need. State-of-the-art appliances may not be necessary, but certain contemporary appliances provide assistance and ease-of-use functionality to your cooking methods.
Understanding your cooking requirements will allow you to establish a commercial-like kitchen layout that’s optimized to create more flow and efficiency.
2. Install a professional workstation
The heartbeat of any professional kitchen is the meal preparation area. In a true commercial kitchen, this is where the dishes would be finished. While your kitchen may be a scaled-down version of a commercial kitchen, having a professional workstation is still a must.
Your kitchen’s worktable will be where ingredients are prepped and creations are finished. You’ll want a workstation with the right surface material that plays nicely with the creative elements of the rest of the kitchen. Choose a countertop material that is hard-wearing, non-porous, and resistant to stains.
In commercial kitchens, workspaces are typically stainless steel, but for your home kitchen, quartz and granite are good alternatives.
3. Focus on features
For the home gourmet chef or aspiring gourmet chef, certain kitchen amenities are a must-have. To ensure your kitchen renovation is a success, there are the essential features that should receive special attention.
As professional gas stove is without a doubt, a necessity. A six-burner gas range will meet all your cooking ambitions. Food will also cook faster and more evenly on a gas stove.
No matter the style, if you spend long hours in the kitchen perfecting recipes, well-considered flooring will add relief to your joints. Likewise, effective, attractive lighting like LED light fittings creates the right ambience and enhances the functionality of the space.
4. Make organization a must
Organization is invaluable to the home cook.
A kitchen that’s organized allows cooks to move from one work zone to another safely and with ease. The key to a well-functioning kitchen is having multiple large and uncluttered surface areas and dedicated spaces for ingredients, cooking utensils, and specialized cooking equipment.
When undertaking a kitchen renovation, opt for more counter space, an open floor plan, and a walk-in pantry. These organizational elements ensure everything is accessible to improve the flow of the kitchen.
5. Consider scenarios for entertaining
For most homes, the kitchen is more than just a place to cook. It’s also the idea social area to entertain. To promote a more social cooking space, allocate room in your remodel for a gathering area.
Installing an island during the renovation promotes conversation and creates a natural gathering place for people to congregate. Adding well-appointed broad strokes of color and pattern engenders conversation and generates a focal design element for the space.
Designing your kitchen to be open concept will also enable you to turn your kitchen into a social hub for entertaining. An open concept kitchen allows you to simultaneously prep and engage in conversation.
If you’re serious about designing a restaurant-inspired kitchen that will be the envy of any home cook, size really doesn’t matter. By planning ahead, staying organized, and working with what you have, you can create a kitchen that will be comfortable to cook in but also so aesthetically inspiring that it draws out your inner chef.
CEO at Interact Group LLC
Interact Group is a design-led interior fit out company that aims to set new standards in the UAE interiors market. Driven by their dedication to total customer experience, the company’s mission is to bring truly specialized teams to complex design and fit out challenges, utilizing their unmatched ability to deliver spaces efficiently and above expectation.