The family kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where your family comes together to chat about the day, make food and enjoy spending time together. In the UK, we’re not always blessed with kitchen space, but luckily there are lots of things you can do to create a great family kitchen.
Two Rooms in One
If your living room or dining room is next door to the kitchen, why not knock the wall through to make two rooms in one? This creates more of an all-purpose room that you can use not just when you’re cooking. Use a breakfast bar with stools as a space-saving seating area and then get a comfy sofa for your seating area. You can use dimmable lighting to change up the brightness of the room depending on what you’re using it for.
Organisation is Key
In a kitchen where space is tight, organisation is key. If you have young children, you may want to fill the bottom drawers of your units with things they need to save them reaching. When choosing a kitchen, you should look for one with ample storage space. If the current kitchen doesn’t have enough storage and you’d like to get a new one but you can’t afford to, have a look at a recommended kitchen re-seller such as Used Kitchen Exchange. You can get a used kitchen for a fraction of the original price, often with appliances and accessories included. The kitchen can be delivered to your door by professionals for an additional fee.
The whole family spends time in the kitchen, so it makes sense to ensure that the room is bright and full of colour. However, colour doesn’t have to be garish. Midnight blue is a popular colour at the moment and it looks perfect mixed with gold handles and white countertops. Keeping your countertops white and glossy means that light will bounce off them to make the space seem bigger.
Similar to glossy worktops, the floor is another easy way to create space in your kitchen. You will want to look for slip-resistant hard wearing flooring with a shiny finish. Avoid stones and opt for easy to clean materials instead. The shine off the floor will reflect the light to make the room seem more spacious.
Use Open Shelving
Open shelving has two advantages in the family kitchen. It firstly breaks up the space and avoids making the room look boxy as kitchen cupboards can sometimes do. The second advantage is that it keeps items out of reach from children – particularly handy for cleaning substances or your favourite biscuits!
In a busy family kitchen, two sinks can make all the difference and they don’t actually take up too much room. You can use one sink to wash hands before dinner, and the other you can fill with cups and plates to prepare for washing up after eating.
How do you make your small kitchen work for you and your family?