You have four basic layouts to choose from when you’re designing a kitchen floor plan. One of the layouts that have been popular today are L shaped kitchen designs. The L shaped kitchen gets its name from the layout of the room, which resembles an upper case L. These kitchens are popular with homeowners because the design lends itself well to nearly every decorating style from country to modern. With work areas laid out along two perpendicular walls, L shaped kitchen layouts are great for accommodating the traditional kitchen work triangle for heightened functionality. The kitchen work triangle places the stove, sink and refrigerator at convenient distances from one another, maximizing convenience for the cook or cooks. To employ a workspace triangle in your L-shaped kitchen, situate the refrigerator and sink on one wall with the stove at a convenient distance on the perpendicular leg.
Then, in larger kitchens adding an island to your L shaped kitchen can improve your work triangle layout, bringing your work triangle points closer together and utilizing extra floor space. Using an island, your sink and stove can be placed directly across from one another with the refrigerator situated on the leg of the L, all spaced to allow movement without too much distance from one another. Islands can also create a convenient chopping station and offer added storage essential to a busy kitchen. One way to give more emphasis to L shaped kitchen designs is by adding on several accents and accessories. Proper lighting fixtures such as pin lights and cupboard lighting accents can really bring out the best out of kitchen area.