The kitchen has become the most important room in many homes, and how you use it will have a huge impact on how it looks and functions.
Whether you’re someone who likes to be left alone to create culinary masterpieces, or you want to make your kitchen the heart of your family home, you have a lot of factors to consider. From a few easy changes to designing a whole new kitchen, there are plenty of things you can do to ensure your kitchen meets your needs.
If you have children, it’s likely your kitchen will see a lot of action. After all, it’s where the food is!
Creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere is key to creating a family hub in your kitchen, and you know better than anyone what your loved ones will respond to. Clever use of colour and an inventive approach to design will undoubtedly help here, creating something truly unique that will appeal to both older and younger family members.
As children grow older, you may wish to encourage them to get in the kitchen themselves. Providing them with their own cupboard space is a good first step here, it will make them feel included and give them a sense of responsibility.
If your kitchen is big enough, adding a dining table is another great way to bring the family together. This is an ideal opportunity to spend quality time together and have a conversation while meals are prepared and eaten, something which could easily become part of your daily routine.
Safety is also an important consideration, particularly if you have young children and/or pets. Ensure there is somewhere secure and out of reach to store potentially dangerous utensils and make sure the layout of the room allows you to keep an eye on stoves, pans and other equipment while you’re cooking.
Some people like to be left to their own devices in their kitchen, and that’s fine too. Cooking can be a very relaxing and rewarding pastime to indulge in.
If it’ll primarily be you using the kitchen, this is a great chance to take control and ensure your kitchen is set up to cater for your requirements. As it’s just you in charge, it should be relatively easy to keep the kitchen free of clutter.
Have all your favourite, most frequently-used utensils and appliances close to hand, either on work surfaces or in convenient cupboards. This will mean you don’t have to stray far from the action while you’re cooking up a storm.
Your kitchen should reflect your passion for cooking. In addition to equipping yourself with top quality utensils and appliances, incorporating attractive features such as spice racks, fresh herbs, cookbooks and pot racks can contribute to a cosy, restful atmosphere.
If you’re planning to spend a lot of time here, keeping things clean will be important. Of course, the best way to stay on top of this is not to let things become dirty in the first place. We know that this is easier said than done, but with accessories such as hoods, splashbacks and oven liners, you can keep grease and crumbs to a minimum.
If you’re a born entertainer, chances are your kitchen will need to be at its best to cope with the regular social gatherings you’ll be hosting.
From casual lunches with friends to soirées that keep everyone partying into the small hours, you’ll want your kitchen to be a place where your guests feel comfortable.
A key question here is how important your kitchen will be to your party. Your guests will regularly be coming to the kitchen for drinks and snacks, but do you want them to stay there and mingle, or head back to other parts of the house?
This will likely depend on how many people are attending. If you want the kitchen to be the nerve centre of your party, you should design it with this in mind. From creating a welcoming atmosphere to making best use of the space available, if you’re looking for ideas on how to make your kitchen the perfect social space, check out some of our suggestions.
What does your kitchen mean to you?
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