Whether it’s cosy and traditional or sleek and modern, the kitchen is still the heart of the home for many of us. With over 18 years of experience, the team at K.A.W Interior Design has developed a unique skill in uniting luxury kitchen design with functionality. After all, you need a kitchen that not only looks stunning but has the right setup to help you prep delicious meals and spend time with loved ones.

That’s where the ‘working triangle’ comes in. Read on to discover our tips on planning an effective kitchen layout using this handy concept. We’ll look at five essential ways to design your dream kitchen, maximising efficiency and aesthetics with the perfect working triangle.


Understanding the working triangle

The first step in creating the ultimate kitchen design is to understand what the ‘working triangle’ refers to. It describes the relationship between the three main work areas in the kitchen: the sink, the stove or cooker, and the refrigerator.

The goal is to create an efficient and logical workflow, minimising unnecessary steps while preparing meals. This concept has been a cornerstone of kitchen design for decades, and it remains just as relevant in modern kitchens today.

So, how can you put this into practice?


1. Try an open-plan layout

If the working triangle is all about creating a seamless flow between the essential areas of your kitchen, it makes sense to expand this further and develop a sense of flow between your kitchen, dining, and living areas.

Most kitchen designers suggest having between 4 and 8ft (1.2m-2.4m) between each of your working triangle ‘points’. If you don’t have quite enough space for this, however, then going for an open-plan design can create a spacious and airy feel. It also allows for easy interaction with family and guests while cooking.


2. Incorporate smart storage solutions

One hallmark of luxury kitchen design is the clever use of storage solutions. Nothing detracts from a beautiful kitchen more than disorganisation. By incorporating custom cabinetry, pull-out drawers, and built-in organisers, you can ensure your working triangle is free from clutter.

An important aspect of the working triangle is to keep your pots and plans close to your cooker or stove — but that doesn’t mean they have to be out on display. You might also want to tuck your appliances away behind elegant cupboard doors to avoid them taking up too much room.

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3. Embrace the kitchen island

When applying the working triangle, it can seem counter-intuitive to place a kitchen island in the centre of your room. You may think it will block the flow, creating an obstacle for you to get around.

However, a kitchen island can actually be a great addition to classic and modern kitchens. It can provide a useful additional counter or a central space for your kitchen sink. An island can be especially helpful in a large kitchen, where your working triangle points would otherwise be too far apart.


4. Set up a separate preparation area

Setting up a dedicated preparation area is a great way to enhance your luxury kitchen’s functionality. It’s best to place it adjacent to the main cooking zone so you can easily keep an eye on any food in the oven or on the hob. Your preparation area can house your chopping board and other essentials, keeping them separate from the primary cooking space to ensure a smoother workflow.


5. Think about your lighting

Proper lighting is crucial in luxury kitchens, especially when it comes to the working triangle. Install task lighting above the sink, cooktop, and preparation area to ensure adequate illumination while working. You might also want to consider adding decorative pendant lights or under-cabinet lighting to enhance the overall ambience.

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Functional, luxury kitchen design from K.A.W

Designing a luxury kitchen involves careful planning and attention to detail. By understanding the working triangle, you can create a space that not only looks great but also makes cooking a straightforward and enjoyable experience.

Whether you’re a budding chef looking for a space to unleash your creativity or you need a comfortable kitchen-diner for the whole family, we have the skills and experience to bring your vision to life.

When you work with K.A.W kitchen designers, you’ll get a bespoke solution that takes your lifestyle, aesthetics and goals into account. For more information, get in touch to discuss your project needs. You can also visit our kitchen showroom in Kidderminster for inspiration — book your consultation today.