How to Design a Family Friendly Kitchen?
No room in the house brings families together better than the kitchen. It’s where families engage before and after school as well as when cooking, doing homework, eating dinner and cleaning up.
A smaller kitchen allows a much closer connection to what each other are doing and invites more interaction. Here are some small kitchen design ideas that will help promote family bonding while instilling your unique personality into the space.
Showcase Your Family’s Personality
Your Kitchen Should Reflect Your Personality
The kitchen is the soul of any home, whether it is radiating aromas of freshly baked bread or morning coffee. How you use your kitchen reflects how you and your family choose to live. This reflection should be personal. If you like a lot of character, lining the walls with light shelving decorated with spices, flora or unique pieces from your travels is a great way to make your small kitchen more alive than ever. If you prefer a clean minimalistic look, geometric wallpaper and a few small pops of colour will give life to the space
Remove or replace any unwanted or unused units to free up room in your small kitchen. This new empty space along the walls of your kitchen is an opportunity to showcase your family’s personality. Add small shelves, artwork or hooks for hanging decor. Utility hooks are an easy way to gain space by hanging towels, oven mitts or cookware instead of cluttering cabinets or shelves.
Alea Matt Kitchen by Schüller
The kitchen depends not only on space, but on practicality too. There are plenty of ways to maximize efficiency when designing your small kitchen. Colour is an incredible tool to allow your kitchen to feel more spacious without removing a wall. It can drastically affect how the environment of your home reacts to your furniture, worksurfaces and flooring etc. A minimalistic colour scheme can make any room feel spacious, including the kitchen.
For example, Eternal Calacatta Gold by Silestone is an excellent choice when searching for a worktop that makes the room feel visually spacious. The light texture the large marble vein gives off an airy and welcoming feeling.
There are other creative ways that colour can draw the eye into the kitchen.
One cost-effective option for adding spice to your kitchen is to match your small appliances. Wooden cutting boards can also be hung to create a natural-toned trim.
Keeping the same theme throughout your small kitchen can liven up the area. Remember to try to match the colours of your kitchen to create a complete, balanced scene as a small hectic kitchen can be overwhelming.
Opportunities to Expand
Ceiling Frame Rack by Schüller
There are areas throughout the kitchen that can be utilised for more space to assist a busy family. Ceiling mounted shelving is an excellent way of making more use of a small space. Cookware, such as pots and pans, can take up loads of space, so having a ceiling rack to store them is incredibly useful for when you need your kitchen fully stocked.
Depending on the shape of your small kitchen, it may be possible to incorporate and island or peninsular to your kitchen design. This can house appliances such as ovens, hobs, sinks or under counter fridges which will free up space around the perimeter of the room for storage.
A kitchen/dining room combo can also be easily created using barstools or dropleaf tables. Keep your mind open when looking for extra space in and around the kitchen.
Plan for Open Plan…
Targa Kitchen by Schüller
There are many ways to combine your small kitchen with your family room to make your home more inviting for the family to join in. If feasible, a wall can be removed to allow more light into the room as well as space for the family to connect.
If your kitchen/dining/family room is a large open space, be sure to use the kitchen worktops to your advantage by keeping them free of clutter, adding chairs and opening them up as gathering places.
Small kitchens are becoming the norm, and families are turning to efficient kitchen design. The space in your home should complement and reflect the family who lives there, and there are many ways to make your kitchen the happiest place in the home.