A kitchen is the most integral part of your home - it is a space to cook, eat, socialise and increasingly to work and play also. It is the space in which your family will gather and friends will be entertained. With so much to consider, the starting point is to evaluate how much time you spend using the room, who uses it the most and for what functions.
For many of us, our kitchen provides a safe haven - a sanctuary to escape the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. There is little more pleasurable than getting lost in a new recipe or experimenting with a new bake. With this in mind, you’ll want to make sure your appliances are up to scratch. Perhaps it’s time to upgrade your fridge freezer so that your ingredients are kept fresh for longer with plenty of room to store those extra portions. It may also be worth investing in a new oven or induction hob to ensure your food is cooked to perfection. If your sues chef comes in the form of your loyal four-legged friend, then a Range Aga could dual as a hotspot for your companion to curl up in front of.
If you’re designing a family kitchen, then it’ll need to be a truly multifunctional space. Storage will be key so factor this into the design and consider different layout options that will afford optimal cabinetry.
Make the most of a layout reconfiguration by adding a large island, peninsula or dining table, which will provide an ideal centre point for everyone to gather. It can also double as an art and craft station to keep the little ones entertained. It is important to keep practicalities in mind, so choose quality materials that will withstand heavy use, such as stone or real wood flooring, solid oak cabinetry and a hard-wearing quartz worktop.
Enhancing your cabinetry with a waterfall end will be the finishing touch that sets apart your overall design, showcasing that sumptuous design and functionality can work seamlessly to create a statement scheme.
With more of us than ever working from home, it’s important to have a dedicated desk set up. For many of us, the dining table provides the perfect space for setting up a laptop and spreading out our working materials. When planning a kitchen renovation that will cross over as a home office, keep in mind the need for accessible plug sockets and adequate lighting (whether from a skylight or considered artificial lighting).
Want to be sure you’re creating a space for all? Read our Ultimate Guide to Kitchen Layouts to find the scheme that will best work for you.
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