Medium to large kitchens

Kitchen design 16 sq. meters

Kitchen design 16 sq. meters is almost not limited either in planning solutions, or in the choice of colors, or in technical equipment. The following additional opportunities are available to you in this area:

  • Bar counter installation;
  • Arrangement of a spacious dining area for 4-6 persons;
  • Building a headset with a sufficient number of storage places, a large working area, as well as a non-standard shape, for example, U-shaped;
  • Installing a large Side by Side refrigerator instead of the usual one;
  • Arrangement sofa area;
  • Installation of a peninsula, mobile mini-island or table-island;
  • Arrangement of a buffet or small pantry;
  • Installing the wine cabinet.

In this material, we presented a selection of photo examples of 8 real 16-meter kitchens, an overview of 6 layout options, as well as tips for design and renovation..

6 possible layouts

It is better to design the layout of the kitchen in a special program (eg, PRO100) – this way it will be easier for you to “play” with the arrangement and dimensions of the furniture. You need to start the project by determining the location of the sink, since it is most often stationary. Then go on to “set up” the stove, refrigerator, work area. Once you’ve planned the functional part of your kitchen, start planning your dining area. Of course, there are a great many layout options, but all of them can be divided into several main types:

  • Linear;
  • L-shaped;
  • Parallel;
  • U-shaped;
  • Peninsular;
  • Ostrovnaya.

Let’s look at the pros and cons of these layouts, as well as their illustrative photo examples..

Linear layout

Pros: Easy to design, versatile, good in combination with an island / peninsula, as well as if the kitchen has only one free wall. For example, this often happens in the kitchen-living room and in the studio..

Cons: Not convenient in everyday life and cooking, as you have to run back and forth very often.

Below we present a photo-example of the interior of a combined kitchen-dining room with an area of ​​16 sq. m with linear layout.

  • Kitchen-dining room 16 sq.m.
  • Kitchen-dining room 16 sq.m.

Kitchen-dining room 16 sq.m.

L-shaped layout

Pros: A win-win for any kitchen, as it allows you to use two walls, create a “working triangle” and at the same time leave enough space for the dining area.

Cons: there are practically none.

Below are photos of the interior of a 16-meter kitchen (4.59 × 3.45 m) with a corner set and an exit to the balcony.

  • Kitchen design 16 sq. m with corner set
  • Kitchen design 16 sq. m with corner set
  • Kitchen design 16 sq. m with corner set
  • Kitchen design 16 sq. m with corner set
  • Kitchen design 16 sq. m with corner set

Parallel layout

Pros: If your 16-meter kitchen is narrow or has an elongated shape, then a parallel (two-row) layout will come in handy here. You can use two walls and conveniently position the functional points: the stove, sink and workplace are on one side, and the oven, refrigerator, sideboard, wine cabinet, bar, etc. – on the opposite. The main condition is that there should be a distance of 1.2-1.5 m between the two rows. Too narrow a passage will be inconvenient for opening the lower drawers, and too large for cooking.

Cons: A two-row layout narrows and somewhat clutters up the space, and for a square-shaped room, it is most often not convenient.

Below you can see an example of a somewhat unusual two-row kitchen-living room of 16 sq. m in a country house. The “wall” here outwardly seems exclusively ceremonial, but in fact it hides in itself everything that is needed for cooking and storing utensils.

  • The parallel layout of the kitchen-living room is 16 sq. m
  • The parallel layout of the kitchen-living room is 16 sq. m
  • The parallel layout of the kitchen-living room is 16 sq. m
  • The parallel layout of the kitchen-living room is 16 sq. m
  • The parallel layout of the kitchen-living room is 16 sq. m

And in these photos you can see the interior lighting of the kitchen-living room cabinets.

  • Interior fittings of furniture
  • Interior fittings of furniture

U-shaped layout

Pros: The most convenient layout, since you don’t have to make unnecessary movements during the cooking process. The U-shaped kitchen is especially good if it is possible to build it near the window – then the working area will always be illuminated by daylight, and it will be more pleasant to wash dishes or cook in it. By the way, keep in mind that the distance between the two sides of the letter P must be at least 1-1.2 meters.

Cons: Layout is not available in every kitchen, as it requires a lot of space.

The photo below shows the design of a kitchen of 16 sq. meters, in one corner of which a small pantry is built.

  • U-shaped kitchen 16 sq. meters
  • U-shaped kitchen 16 sq. meters
  • U-shaped kitchen 16 sq. meters
  • U-shaped kitchen 16 sq. meters
  • U-shaped kitchen 16 sq. meters

See also the material: How to equip a U-shaped kitchen.

Peninsular

Pros: A peninsula is a module that rests against a wall or is a continuation of a headset. It is possible to build in appliances (stove, refrigerator, wine, cabinet) and / or use it as a workplace and a bar counter. The peninsula makes the kitchen very comfortable and, moreover, can divide it into zones – a working and dining room or into a kitchen and living room. At the same time, the peninsula takes up less space than the island..

Cons: The location and equipping of the peninsula with appliances, and even more so with a sink or a gas stove, must be planned even before the repair. So, for example, transferring a sink will require lengthening communications (which is undesirable and not always possible) and raising the floor level. The installation of the hood can also complicate the repair, because for this you will have to lengthen the air duct and hide it under the suspended ceiling structure. However, you can hang a recirculation hood with charcoal filters..

In the next photo slider, you can see the interior of the kitchen with a peninsula, which is a continuation of the headset and is used only as a work table and a bar counter.

  • Kitchen 16 sq. m with a peninsula
  • Kitchen 16 sq. m with a peninsula

Kitchen 16 sq. m with a peninsula

Ostrovnaya

Pros: The island, unlike the peninsula, is open from all sides, which makes it as convenient as possible for cooking and snacks.

Cons: all the same as on the peninsula, but the island also requires a very large space. Not every kitchen will be able to install it without detriment to the dining area – you will either have to give up something, or pick up an island in a small size, such as in this kitchen interior, with an area of ​​16.4 sq. m (5 × 3.28 m).

  • 16-meter kitchen with an island
  • 16-meter kitchen with an island
  • 16-meter kitchen with an island
  • 16-meter kitchen with an island
  • 16-meter kitchen with an island

Advice

Observe the “working triangle” rule when planning your kitchen

The sink, refrigerator and stove are the three vertices of the so-called “working triangle”. By placing them at a distance of no more than 1 meter from each other, you can create a very comfortable space for all kitchen chores.

Focus on the dining area

A modest dining area is required for small kitchens, but on 16 squares it can and should be equipped on a grand scale, both in size and in decor. In fact, a dining area in a 16-meter kitchen can be practically a ceremonial dining room..

  • The table can be chosen not only in a compact square or rectangular shape, but also round or oval.
  • Chairs may not be light, but massive, for example, with soft upholstery.
  • Instead of a couple of chairs, you can put a banquet, bench or sofa with cute pillows.
  • The dining area can be placed outside the box – in the center of the kitchen. This is possible if the kitchen is not too narrow..
  • Dining area with bench Kitchen design 16 sq. m with an emphasis on the dining area
  • Dining area with bench Kitchen design 16 sq. m with an emphasis on the dining area
  • Dining area with benchKitchen design 16 sq. m with an emphasis on the dining area
  • Dining area with benchKitchen design 16 sq. m with an emphasis on the dining area
  • Dining area with benchKitchen design 16 sq. m with an emphasis on the dining area

Clearly zone the space

In a 16-meter kitchen, and even more so in a combined kitchen-living room or kitchen in a studio apartment, the working part should be clearly separated from the dining room, bar or sofa area.

  • This can be done with a carpet, different lighting, different finishes for floors, walls or ceilings..

You can more clearly zone the space using physical “dividers”, for example, a sofa, a bar, a peninsula, curtains or screens.

Add color to the interior, but don’t overdo it.

Unlike small kitchens, the kitchen is 16 sq. meters can be not only white or beige. If you wish, you can decorate its interior in bright and even dark colors. For example, the headset can be the color of wood, and the walls are covered with wallpaper with a large pattern. True, you should not overdo it with variegation and dark colors, otherwise the 16-meter kitchen will cease to seem spacious.

Create even lighting

It is very important to illuminate the entire kitchen area evenly. The standard scheme – a central chandelier + headset backlighting will not work here, since the feeling of spaciousness will be lost due to harsh shadows. Ideally, the chandelier should be hung over the dining table, and spotlights should be installed around the perimeter of the ceiling (example in the photo). If repairs are not included in your plans, then wall sconces or one or two floor lamps, installed, for example, in the dining area, will help to improve the lighting..

  • Kitchen interior 16. sq. m in neoclassical style
  • Kitchen interior 16. sq. m in neoclassical style
  • Kitchen interior 16. sq. m in neoclassical style
  • Kitchen interior 16. sq. m in neoclassical style
  • Kitchen interior 16. sq. m in neoclassical style