Your kitchen is one of the centerpieces of your home. Well equipped, with well thought out kitchen accessories , optimized storage , it is all the more pleasant. To make your life easier, choose functional and well-organized equipment. Displacements should be fluid and items such as oven, fridge or sink should be strategically placed.
You spend time in the kitchen, with your relatives and even with friends who can keep you company during the preparation of your dishes and the training of plates.
What makes up a kitchen? What are the elements found in each kitchen? What materials are available for the kitchen? How to choose your kitchen equipment?
Let’s take a look at these different elements that are essential to any kitchen once the ideal layout has been found .
The kitchen elements, how to choose them and at what price?
You’ve dreamed this kitchen exactly in the color you love, with its contrasting or coordinating worktop , in concrete or wood, blending with the furniture and hues chosen. Pleasant, easygoing, it will be perfect to relax after a day of work, DIY or shopping. You can chat quietly and chat with your loved ones, prepare good food or heat a pizza for the game of football in the early evening.
In short, the ideal place for everyone at any time!
For it to be really a place where the traffic is fluid, where each gesture is linked without being blocked by a chair that jams the passage, back and forth that are multiplying and equipment at the top, it is necessary to prepare his projectof cooking upstream, choosing its elements.
The kitchen sink and faucet: tips and prices
If today everything is possible, the traditional equipment starts with a sink and the associated faucet.
The style of your sink should be chosen according to the style of your kitchen. A multitude of different sinks exist, from the most colorful to the most sober, from the smallest to the largest, with 1 or 1 and a half or 2 bins, with or without a drainer, drainer on the right or left, or even sinks. angle to gain space when every nook is counted.
The materials at your disposal are also very numerous, with varied prices; from the first prize (30 euros) to more than 2,000 euros for a designer sink, the choice is great, but the quality too:
|Materials Sinks||Average prices||Characteristics
|Ceramic||100 to 600 euros||Costly but strong Easy
cleaning (baking soda)
Shocks remain fragile
|Stainless steel||30 to 700 euros||Absorbs shocks
Regular maintenance (traces of water drops, scratches …) to counter with white vinegar but especially no bleach
Ability to choose stainless steel honeycomb (anti-scratch)
|Sandstone||800 to 500 euros||Easy to maintain
Insensitive to heat and chemicals
Very heavy, the support must be resistant
|Synthesis or resin||70 to 400 euros||Decorative and trendy
Lightweight and low maintenance
resistant Many colors (careful cleaning for whites that can turn yellow)
Avoid using too powerful products or strippers
|Granite||150 to 500 euros||Imposing and heavy
Resistant and strong
clean Heat resistant
=> Two types of faucet: mixers and mixers
- mixer taps: thanks to a lever system, the mixer taps are used to control the flow and temperature of the water. If they have the function of hand shower, they can project one to two jets of water.
- mixers: they come in the form of a classic faucet that regulates hot and cold water individually.
The models are numerous: gold, nickel, aluminum, chrome, stainless steel, with or without shower, tapered beaks, 180 ° swivel necks, everything is a matter of taste!
The designs are evolving and manufacturers offer products increasingly original and elegant . Always remember, a hand shower or a telescopic arm is very handy for rinsing a corner that your faucet does not reach or for cleaning the dryer filter. If you have to wash and rinse an imposing object, they will make your life easier.
You do not want to sacrifice to the beautiful faucet while you have the constraint of a window that blocks all access? The down-and-down mixer taps, or left and right will save the day! And then, you also have the choice with the implantation of an island of kitchen with sink if you wish it!
Your kitchen and appliances
The equipment in appliances depends on the budget you have. Signs are developing more and more multifunction devices (oven, hotplates, microwaves, dishwashers …) for small kitchens.
The hoods are used to suck up cooking odors and vapors and to avoid grease deposits in the kitchen. Two possibilities: evacuation of stale air outside the house (which is preferable) or storage of grease in a charcoal filter to change regularly (there are sometimes odors). In addition to being practical, they have become an aesthetic element of the kitchen. They are an integral part of the overall design.