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Creating a functional and relaxing family kitchen

Those who have a reasonably sized kitchen may want to think about creating a welcoming space where the family can gather and enjoy some quality time together. This is much easier than most people think and just requires a bit of planning so that the process goes smoothly. It is a good idea to think about the needs of the family when planning a kitchen – all families are different, and while some families might want an informal area where the children can play, other families might not require this extra space.

Main features of a kitchen

When planning the kitchen, it is important to make sure that there is plenty of storage space. It is hard for the family to relax in an area where there is a lot of clutter. If everything can be put away, then the space will be far more welcoming. Keeping everything functional is also important – plan the kitchen so that everything that is needed can be located in a matter of seconds.

Those who have a large kitchen might want to consider an island unit. This can act as a divider between the actual kitchen and the dining area; it can also double as a breakfast bar where family and friends can gather around to enjoy drinks and snacks. However, it is just as important to have a good dining table and chairs so that there is somewhere for the family to enjoy meals together; this is even more important for those who want to hold regular dinner parties in their home.

kitchen-lighteningGood lighting in a kitchen is another important consideration. Not everybody wants the harsh strip lighting that was all the rage a few years ago; now the emphasis is on much softer lighting that gently enhances mood while retaining functionality. Lighting under wall cupboards will give enough light to carry out tasks on the kitchen’s work surfaces. Work surfaces themselves are an essential feature of the kitchen. There should be as much clear workspace in the room as is feasibly possible; this creates an ‘open’ ambience that is far more conducive to creating a ‘family space’ than the sight of sideboards crammed with pots and pans.

If the kitchen is to be a multi-functional space, try thinking in ‘zonal’ terms when planning the layout. Does one member of the family work from home? Will there need to be a study area? Or is the kitchen simply to be a place for cooking and eating together? When the design is put together, there needs to be a space for each of these functions in order to successfully cater for everybody.

Interior design

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Interior designers like Kelly Hoppenhave a range of design options for homeowners to choose from and can customise designs to suit the needs of their customers. Getting a professional on board to help out can be the best way forward for some people, particularly if space is at a premium and the kitchen needs to meet the needs of several people. Professional interior designers will be able to advise on layout, colour options, accessories and anything else that is needed to make the kitchen both functional and relaxing for every member of the family.

Image Courtesy: peterthompsonofyork.co.uk, roomenvy.co.uk

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