The kitchen is, for many, the central room within a home. Not only is it the social hub, but it’s also a great spot for entertaining guests or just enjoying a spot of cooking on your own.
However, if your kitchen is a little bit lacking in character and warmth, you may find yourself favouring other rooms in the house when it comes to spending time with family and friends.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can work things out to fully enjoy the space to its full potential. Here are a few tips and tricks for reigniting your love of your kitchen and reviving this much-loved room to become the heart of the home.
Lighting is key
As with any room in your home, lighting is incredibly important. Lighting is not only an important design feature, but it also affects your mood too.
Getting the right lighting in your kitchen can really transform it from a dark, lifeless place to a room that promotes energy and wellbeing.
If you can, make sure you have as many windows as possible with skylight’s being particularly amazing for channelling more natural light. If windows are out of your budget, look instead at changing up the artificial lighting in the room.
Things like ceiling lights with LED bulbs can really make the room feel that bit brighter and more spacious.
Clever storage solutions
Who wants to walk into their kitchen only to be greeted with messy worktops, cluttered spice racks and dishevelled dishes?
This type of chaos, while wholly unavoidable in anyone’s kitchen, hardly evokes that homely feeling we’re looking for when we step into our kitchen.
To sidestep this, try to incorporate nifty storage to easily keep the mess at bay. Things like bread bins, tea and coffee tins and mason jars are all great ways of keeping the essentials where you need them while improving the overall aesthetic of the room.
Time to open up
One of the best ways of adapting your kitchen is to go open plan. If possible, take away the walls that separate the kitchen and dining room to make this one cohesive space. By doing this, you afford more opportunity for socialising with either family and or friends.
The idea of being able to cook in the kitchen while chatting to someone sat at the table or on a sofa is ideal for those looking to make the most out of the space.
Island’s and breakfast bars
If going open plan isn’t something you can do in your property, look instead at installing an island or a breakfast bar. Similar to the open plan concept, this creates a space within the kitchen that you can dedicate to entertaining.
When a friend drops in last minute, for example, you can simply pop the kettle on and have a catch-up all without having to move away from the kitchen itself.
When looking to install an island or breakfast bar, it’s best to get professionals to fit the kitchen for you. Places like Hammonds, for example, offer you a start to finish process which means your kitchen will be expertly finished.
The kitchen is the heart and soul of many homes. With a little bit of tweaking here and there, you’ll easily be able to make your dream kitchen a reality and in turn, transform an otherwise functional room into the heart of the home.
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