The kitchen is the heart of the home. That’s undeniable. Everyone in the house will use the kitchen, so it’s important that it’s a space that everyone will enjoy, from adults to children and even pets. Whether you’re selling up or just want to revamp your abode, check out our top tips to keep your calm in the kitchen.
The first thing to consider is the layout. If you don’t feel like you’re not making the most of the space, why not? Are the counters awkwardly placed, or are there too many bulky appliances taking up too much room? Think about the space your family use the most and how you can maximize that space. You might realize that there’s a gigantic appliance taking up the space of two which could be downsized to give you some breathing space, or maybe you have an underused breakfast bar or kitchen island breaking up the room which could be taken out.
An extremely common issue with a lot of kitchens is that they look tired. The counters that looked great when you moved in two decades ago might not have stood up well to the test of time, so think about getting them replaced with some elegant, sturdy granite countertops. This is the ideal material for a busy family, as it’s durable and easy to clean, meaning you won’t have a headache dealing with sticky fingerprints or spillages. The floor can also make a kitchen look dated. Low-quality lino can be replaced with smooth tiles which can easily be wiped clean of muddy paw prints, or perhaps for a warm, homely feel, you could try some elegant limestone with its textured surface to avoid unexpected slips.
While a kitchen has to look great, it also has to work as a practical space, so factor this into your design plans. It’s all very well having a bookcase in a living room or an office, but it won’t work so well in a busy kitchen where it’ll probably be in the way. Likewise, instead of pretty, decorative potted flowers, you could fill that space with rustic-looking troughs of herbs or small citrus plants for a highly practical use of space.
Kitchen utensils can take up an unbelievable amount of space, so make sure you have somewhere to store them. For bulky or unusually-shaped appliances, you could even make a bit of a feature out of them. If not, you could always set aside a corner of the room you don’t use frequently with some pretty, practical storage boxes to clear space in your cupboards.
The little touches can make all the difference. Of course you’ll want your kitchen to look great, but remember that it’s very much a family space, and don’t be afraid to embrace that. Paintings by the kids can make an adorable addition to the room, and nobody is going to mind the odd craft project taking over the table from time to time. Just make sure you don’t get so caught up in making sure it looks great that you forget to enjoy the space!
About the author:
Emma Lawson is an interior design fanatic who loves coming up with ways to use the space in her family’s home efficiently.