As well as being the heart of your home, the kitchen is also often the centre of family life as well. From family dinners to helping your youngster with their homework over a cup of tea, the kitchen is often a hub of activity and it’s therefore really important that you create the perfect space for you and your family to feel at home. When it comes to the kitchen, it can often be one of the most difficult rooms to design, due to cost, practicality as well as style and personality, but there are so many different ways in which you can create the ideal kitchen space whilst ticking all of the boxes too.
The way you choose to style your kitchen will be strongly influenced by the current interiors of your home, for example, if you’re someone who loves minimalist, modern designs and the rest of your home portrays this, then it’s a good idea to have your kitchen set to a similar standard. Whereas, if you’re more traditional, then introducing traditional styles to your kitchen will ensure you create the right space for you and your home. The great thing about the kitchen is that you can keep things as simple as you wish, and add to the character through details and accessories. Keeping in mind that you want your kitchen to be the social hub for the family, creating a homely, warm and inviting atmosphere is just what you need to do. This can be achieved by simply designing a space that works for your home and family, and highlights your personal style and interests.
Space is essential in any kitchen, no matter what size you have. When using a room to socialise, cook, dine and carry out daily routines, it’s important to have enough space to move, especially if your whole family uses the room frequently too. There are great ways in going about inputting space into your kitchen, and even if you have less room to work with, by adding storage devices and clever features, you can really make space work and create a spacious environment for your family. The main element to consider is your kitchen units, make sure that they are positioned neatly around the outskirts of the kitchen, this way you have room in the middle for other features such as an island, dining table or even just space to move. You can then look at the storage devices you have, whether they’re utilising your space enough or if they work efficiently. There are lots of clever in-cupboard storage devices available now that help you to keep things neat and tidy without having to have everything on display.
One part of the kitchen that is sometimes overlooked when it comes to family friendly design are the appliances. The appliances that you have in your kitchen work hand in hand with how well your kitchen flows, for example, having a dishwasher will save huge amounts of time when it comes to needing the pots and pans washed quickly. It’s so easy to use so many different bits of cutlery and crockery for just one meal, so a dishwasher will be the saviour when it comes to cleaning up. Similarly, a larger fridge may be needed. It’s hard enough trying to squeeze a week’s supply of food into a single standing fridge for two or three people, but when you add a larger family into the mix, it’s often found that a larger fridge and freezer is required. These items won’t affect the kitchens look or feel, but will really help practicality wise.
You then have the social side of your kitchen to consider. Creating the perfect space for your family to socialise is key as this way you are sure that your family have the space and ability to sit together and have a good chat. Whether you share stories over breakfast lunch or dinner, or you use the table for homework, reading and so on, creating this kind of space will encourage your family to use the kitchen more and it will feel homely and inviting.
Your kitchen is a space where you want to be able to enjoy yourself and get the very most out of your space. Adding fun features such as a shopping list, notice board for the kid’s parties and other events, calendar and other organisational bits will help to keep things running smoothly but also add to the overall family feel of the kitchen. You could also look at including some family photographs, artwork by the children or even growing some herbs, as these are all personal but fun touches for your kitchen that will add bursts of character but also add to the overall atmosphere too.