Making your kitchen the heart of the home
Epicentre of activity
While it’s true that the first kitchens did not have this in mind – the space was purely functional – in recent decades there has been a big shift in how the kitchen is perceived by householders. It is the epicentre of activity and the room most families gravitate to. So it’s important to think about making your kitchen the heart of the home.
How kitchens are used
Of course, cooking meals is an important activity in the kitchen but in 2017, it is not the only one. After all, your family or partner could all be sitting down eating breakfast without any cooking actually taking place …. However, the idea of chatting with loved ones over a bowl of cereal and a cup of tea is an activity most people warm to, as it welcoming the kids home from school or sitting down together for a family meal at the end of the day.
So making your kitchen the heart of the home is a big consideration when you are planning a new kitchen or a rebuild.
As the kitchen is often pinpointed as people’s favourite room in a home these days, it is vital to think about how you would want to design a kitchen that will be welcoming, comfortable and functional.
New kitchens and kitchen renovations are seeing homeowners wanting a lived-in, communal living design, even altering layouts and removing walls to accommodate it. The combination of the dining room with the kitchen has created an open plan entertaining area and solidified the kitchen as the heart of the home.
No house or apartment does not have a kitchen, even if sizes and styles vary. In a redesign or upgrade, many homeowners realise the importance of putting a lot of creative effort into making the kitchen a room that will appeal to the vast majority. If you’re not planning a complete refit, even small touches such as modernising the cabinets or adding an island with benches can make a big difference to its appeal.
Things to consider
Naturally, there is a lot to envisage when thinking about when designing your kitchen. How big is it? What is the colour scheme? Hopefully, it can be a good size where its various functions can blend easily.
To achieve that you don’t want to have cramped spaces, awkward shelving or tight corners. If you have a small kitchen but there is room to expand, don’t hesitate. A well-designed bigger kitchen can add value to your home when it comes to selling it.
Perhaps best of all, making the kitchen the heart of your home makes perfect sense. After all, you’re putting your heart (and soul) into making it the heart of your home and family.
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