In recent years, kitchens have truly become the focal point of the home. Design trends such as open-concept living have only gained popularity. The kitchen is where eating, homework, and quality time takes place. If your kitchen is up for a remodel, here are 10 ways to make it more inviting, more functional, and a space your family will love being in.
1. A Good Work Surface
Make sure, when choosing countertops, to pick one that is both aesthetically pleasing as well as sturdy. Laminates are a great choice when choosing a sturdy countertop on a budget. Other popular choices are the extremely durable granite, Corian, encore, and a wood worktop. Make sure to do your research and choose one that works for your needs.
2. Wipeable Walls
Let’s face it, the kitchen can get dirty, and fast. This is why it is necessary to choose a wall finish that can be wiped clean easily. Choose a paint that has a high endurance and can withstand food stains, sticky fingers, and even grease splatters. You don’t want to have to worry about damaging your walls when cleaning. Splashbacks, which places like Glass Inspirations can provide, will also help you keep the walls clean.
3. A Well-Designed Eating Area
Most home-buyers have dreams of an open-concept kitchen with plenty of space for counter seating and a large dining table. Unfortunately, this is not a reality for everyone. If a full kitchen area remodel is not happening for some time, use the space you have in your kitchen to incorporate a seating area that works for your home. Ask yourself if you would rather have counter space or a larger dining table. Decide what is most important to you and make it work in your own personal kitchen.
4. A Relaxed Area
Since the kitchen is where most families spend their time together, make it as inviting as possible. Choose furniture that is comfortable and will clean up easily. You may want to try a low maintenance leather couch. This will wipe clean and not absorb kitchen food odours.
5. Up-to-Date Technology
If you are updating your kitchen, think about installing some popular and new technology. This can include wireless sound system, a handy charging area, and new television system. Your family will be excited to use this area.
6. Kid-Friendly Area
If you have children you definitely want to create a kitchen area that is inviting for them to play in. Since you want your kitchen to be a natural gathering place, include things for everyone to do. It may be a good idea to designate a place for toy storage or crafts. Or, add a space to play games. Keep in mind you want to encourage family time by providing activities for all ages.
Since kitchens can be dangerous for children, it is important to install good child locks on drawers, cupboards, and appliances to minimise the risk of injury. It would be awful to find your child playing with knives or with the gas stove. Prevent these mishaps by making sure your kitchen is a safe and secure space.
8. Soft Close Cabinets
It is definitely worth the investment to install soft close cupboards and drawers. This will eliminate drawer slamming from your angry teenager. It will also prevent the awful feeling of getting your finger caught. As a bonus, soft close drawers have better hinges and will likely last for a very long time.
9. A Large Oven and Hob
If you have a big family it is definitely worth investing in a family size oven and hob. This will make cooking much easier and more efficient. It will also be much simpler to host parties because you have more space to cook.
10. Good Lighting
Lighting makes much more of a difference to a space than some might realise. Try to think through what your kitchen will be used for at what time of day. For instance, in the morning time there will be more hustle and bustle. You will want better lighting at these times. However, in the evening, your kitchen and dining area will feel more relaxed. For these areas, you want to install a softer ambient light.