I don’t know about you, but my kitchen is a hub of our home. In fact, I’m about to move into a much smaller kitchen then what I’m used to. There are certainly going to be challenges for me. Today, I invited on Susan Stiller to share with us her ideas on how to create a kitchen that everyone will love.
Here’s what she has to say-
The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where we lovingly cook meals for our family. It’s the place that we fix cups of tea for long chats about life. It’s where we eat together. It’s a room that the children do their homework in. It’s a space that is multi-functional and very versatile. So many of us neglect the sheer importance of having a functional kitchen that fits in with our needs for family life.
Whether you want more space, or to make it more inviting for the children, there are a lot of great ways that you can make the kitchen a more family-friendly area. Many families, and by that we mean mothers, worry that the kitchen is not an appropriate space for children; after all, hot stoves, kettles and cleaning equipment can be dangerous.
That doesn’t mean that the kitchen should be off bounds. Rather, it’s time to think about savvy ways that the kitchen can be utilized so that it’s a room that everyone can enjoy, irrespective of their age. And, you don’t have to worry about your little ones getting hurt.
After all, it’s the beating heart of any home, and it needs to be treated like such. Remodeling a kitchen can be costly. You don’t have to spend significant sums of money to make your kitchen a more inviting room. There are some simple ways that you can create a family kitchen that everyone will love and that everyone gets to spend time in.
Determine What You Use The Kitchen For
While this may seem like an unnecessary question to ask, before you embark on any interior design project, it’s important to think about the space that you are redesigning. Think about the everyday use of this room. Yes, you may cook in that space and eat in it too, should you have the room but consider a ‘day in the life of the kitchen.’
- Do you host big family gatherings in this room?
- How many people are cooking and preparing food in your home on a daily basis?
- What age are the children in your family?
Sit back and think about how you need to covet the location so that you can design this room in a way that meets everyone’s needs. For example, if you have toddlers, you may want design with higher cupboards to stop little hands from grabbing hold of things that they shouldn’t be.
If your children are older and like to get stuck in with the food preparation, do you have a space where you can comfortably do this? Once you’ve made a list of all the features that your family area should have, the interior design will become easier to manage.
Make The Kitchen Easy to Clean
As we all know, this room needs to withstand the rigors of family life. Sticky fingerprints and muddy shoes need to be taken into account. One of the easiest ways that you can make your counters more family friendly is to update the counter tops with marble and granite surfaces, or if you are on a budget; laminate.
Marble and granite are hard-wearing but expensive. If you have a higher budget, marble or granite can be a great investment as they have a long life expectancy. If your budget is more conservative, don’t be afraid to experiment with laminate.
They are some brilliant pieces that you can find online that are stain resistant and, of course, easy to wipe down and keep clean. It’s important to keep a consistent look throughout, so do be sure to replicate the flooring so that it is in keeping with the counter tops.
Create a Beautiful Space for Everyone
Now, for the fun part. There are some simple ways that you can create a family friendly space. Have you heard of chalkboard paint? If not, this could be the perfect way to make your living area more appealing to your little ones. Chalkboard paint is exactly that; paint that you can write on with chalk.
Find a feature wall that is easy to access for all of the family and allow your family to write on there. What could be nicer that seeing your children’s doodles on the wall, without panicking how to get felt-tip pens off the painted area!
Ceramic, for example, is easy to clean and looks stylish too. http://www.stonefryingpans.com are a great resource for finding out which materials are best you. If you prefer something more traditional, stainless steel or enamel are suitable options too. Look at investing in high-quality cookware and make it part of your kitchen’s decor.
Hooks and Rails
Hooks and rails are ideal for helping you display your items. An open, country style kitchen with pots and pans on display helps brighten your home and gives it a fresh aesthetic.
Accessorize With Functional Items
You will be accessorizing with functional items, as opposed to trinkets and ornaments that just add no value. More importantly, your family will be able to grab what they need as they help out which makes life easier for you in the long-term.
Accessorizing with lighting is important too. Many people opt for spotlights, but these can be harsh and unappealing. Lamps, and pendants in contemporary designs can add a luxury feel to your home. This is all done without breaking the bank. Soft lighting also has psychological benefits too. Soft light is said to improve our well-being and make us feel more calm, which has obvious upsides to family life.
If you would like to add a pop of color, choose an intense color that will add a bright and fun feel to your home. Reds, blues, and yellows are all strong colors that the children will love seeing. Keep the walls neutral and add accessories for that much-coveted designer look.
Space For a Family Seating Area
Remember, we’re trying to create a space with this in mind, we need to think about seating. An informal seating area with couches and a small coffee table is perfect for younger children who want to sit and chat with their parents. If you have older kids or teenagers, think about adding a homework area.
Create a Cozy Space
Tables, sofas and coffee tables are all perfect solutions for creating a family seating area. If you are limited on space, why not add a simple breakfast bar and high-backed chairs?
Benches, akin to garden furniture, are increasingly popular too and are perfect for larger families. Adding a television and a radio can make the space more informal and create a hub for everyone to mingle and chat.
Many people are opting for islands in their home too as a multi-functional space for both food preparation, eating and relaxing. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to have a huge kitchen to have an island.
There are smaller island solutions that also incorporate storage. In fact, these are ideal for those that are lacking on area but need a multipurpose solution to creating a room that is suitable for family life.
The kitchen doesn’t need to be a solitary area. On the contrary, it should be a beautiful space to be enjoyed by everyone, irrespective of their age. After all, the children may grow up and fly the nest at some point, but you can make fantastic memories by simply having an area that is well-suited for the needs of family life.