The design of your kitchen needs to be strategic when it comes to space, ensuring it is as ergonomic as possible. Good storage systems are inval uable, so maximise on space by considering the areas both overhead and underneath the worktop. Having an organised kitchen is not only more aesthetically pleasing: it is more hygienic and offers better func tionality. Think about how you move around the kitchen and place your storage in convenient locations for ease of access while cooking – and make sure the doors swing open easily without obstruction. If you have the space for a kitchen island, they can serve not only as a preparation worktop and cooking area but also as a bar or casual dining place. If you have a high-gloss kitchen, introducing natural materials such as wood or stone can bring warmth and ambience into the space, making it look more inviting. Adding interesting details such as glass cabinetry, wine storage units and display shelving breaks up the monotony of the layout and creates an overall look that is visually more attractive. All in all, making sure that your kitchen caters for your own personal re quirements will make cooking a more pleasurable experience. Speaking to an expert about design layout, materials, furniture and appliances will pay-off, so have fun designing your kitchen. After all, it is widely con sidered to be the beating heart of the home.

A KITCHEN SENSATION

Elements is Falmec’s functional new furniture collection for kitchens. Shown here is their Monolith hood, which stands elegantly on the worktop and opens slightly to enhance function ality and suction. Falmec is available from Decodan Studio in Avda. Juan Carlos I in Estepona and the Marmorin Design Center on Marbella’s Golden Mile (www.decodanstudio.com) .

The Granada kitchen from leading German kitchen man ufacturer Häcker comprises state-of-the-art technology. It features the classic colour combination of black and white with wooden features to soften the contrast, giving this kitchen its timelessly beautiful look. Novo Küchen, sit uated in Avda. Juan Carlos I in Estepona, is an exclusive retailer and installer of Häcker (www.novokuchen.com) .

This elegant kitchen from Ball ingslöv combines smooth cream with light oak wood. The Bistro cabinet serves not only as stor age but also as a worktop and bar area. Ballingslöv is situated in CC. Plaza in Nueva Andalucía (www.ballingslov-marbella.se) .

The Structura kitchen gives you the feeling of being connected with nature, with the natural look of Havana oak décor providing a calming aesthetic. A workspace has been integrated to harmoniously blend into the open kitchen and living area. Avail able from Grupo Monasterio in Avda. del Mediterráneo in San Pedro de Alcántara (www.grupomonasterio.com) .

The new V2 kitchen system from Vipp combines dark oak with jura marble that merges the roots of this Scandinavian brand from Denmark with Japa nese design to achieve a simple and refined look. Vipp kitchens are available from High End Homes in Puerto Banús (www.high-endhomes.com) .

The Kronos from Italian kitchen company Arredo 3 comes in a choice of seven different cutting-edge materials and all their finishes for custom

ising doors. This sophisticated kitchen combines state-of-the-art technical features with fine materials to create a timeless look. The doors feature a titanium-painted aluminium frame with a laminate, HPL, Fenix-NTM, wood, glass or Laminam panel. The doors open easily thanks to an integrated grip handle at the top or bottom. Arredo 3 is available from Decodan Studio in Avda. Juan Carlos I in Estepona and the Marmorin Design Center on Marbel la’s Golden Mile (www.decodanstudio.com) .

The KV1 single-handle mixer with ceramic disc technology has a double swivel spout and wa ter-saving aerator (www.vola.com) .

The Catris-S Flexo flexible spout from Blanco skilfully combines professional features with a beauti fully balanced design. It offers a large range of action and is simple to detach and re-attach to its magnetic holder. It has a dual spray that switches between an aerated stream and a jet spray. Blanco is available from Fernando Moreno on the Ctra. de Ronda in San Pedro de Alcántara (www.fernandomoreno.eu) , De codan Studio in Avda. Juan Carlos I in Estepona and the Marmorin Design Center on Marbella’s Golden Mile (www.decodanstudio.com) .

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