How to Make Your Kitchen Work for Your Family

When we are looking for our next new home, there are a few things we tend to look for, such as the number of bedrooms. But it goes without saying that the kitchen is a significant consideration in the house buying process, and there’s a good reason for this. We spend a great deal of time cooking for our family, socialising with friends, and taking care of laundry duties too. 

Because of how much time we spend in our kitchens, our kitchen must work in our favour. Invariably we feel much happier when the space we are using is easy to move through and comfortable to be in, and this is the main aim when it comes to design and decor. 

Function

Before considering how your kitchen looks and ‘feels’ it is always essential to make sure you have the correct plumbing and utilities, these are the building blocks with which you can create your perfect space. Hiring a professional plumber from the offset is highly recommended and should help you avoid any difficulties in the future. 

Unfortunately, a water leak can happen. If it has happened to you, then you may find this guide on claiming water leak damages useful. But, it’s best to avoid this scenario if at all possible to save time and stress.  

Space

When designing your kitchen, your designer will ask you for specific details regarding measurements and your requirements. It’s a very delicate balancing act, but you must account for how you and your family use the space, not just what looks appealing in the brochure. Some things to think about are:

  • Where your work station will be, this means you can place all of the tools that you may need close, avoiding extra steps around the kitchen, thus wasting time. 
  • Is a table and chairs necessary, and what size? Each family is different, if you have a large family that all enjoy sitting around the table to eat then, of course, you are going to want a good size table and chairs combo, but if you live alone, then you can choose a small set up that leaves you more space to work in. 
  • How much storage space you have or need. Some people love the minimalist lifestyle and only need a few shelves with one pantry area to have sufficient storage. Still, many of us prefer having more storage than we need so we can keep everything organised, mostly when we have gone a little overboard on our weekly shop once or twice.

The key to making your space work for you is to make it unique, and individual to you, choosing a kitchen designer that will take this into careful consideration will undoubtedly help you find the right space-saving and space utilising solutions. 

Colour

It is well known that the colour of any room in your home can make a difference in your mood. For example the sitting room (where we hope to feel relaxed) we should choose a relaxing and calming colour, such as a shade of blue, and avoid red which is known to increase the heart rate in studies that link colour to emotions. When it comes to the colour decor in your kitchen, the advice is usually to choose a colour that boosts your energy and brightens the mood, such as a yellow, but taking care to avoid anything too saturated and bold if this could be overwhelming to you. 

When it comes to the colour of your kitchen, you could even take it one step further and find a colour that reminds you of somewhere you enjoy spending time, maybe a restaurant you spent time in during a recent holiday? This way, you will bring a sense of comfort into your space as well. 

Creating a kitchen space is an exciting project, and whether it’s the beginning of something new, or redesigning the area you have used for years, there is a wealth of knowledge online and in magazines. However, you may enjoy handing over a part, or all, of the responsibility to an interior designer if you aren’t entirely sure how to make your vision work, or if you don’t know where to start. There are many TV shows based around this whole idea, and sometimes the appeal to handing things over to a professional is that you don’t have full control, which then opens up a world of new ideas and opportunities that you may never have thought of before. 

Imagine how it might feel when the work is complete, and you are spending time cooking a delicious meal in the kitchen, or if cooking isn’t your forte, then maybe sitting down with a meal a loved one as prepared for you. 

Anabel Cooper

Anabel is a graduate of King’s College London and upon graduating, she set out on a journey to inspire and empower women through her words. Besides working as a digital marketing expert, Anabel is a freelance copywriter.