While we have mentioned many times before that the kitchen is the heart of the home, we reiterate it because it’s true. Typically, the kitchen is where families spend most of their time. They will come together to eat, socialise and simply enjoy one another’s company. As technology develops and tablets and laptops become more common, young children are spending more and more time looking at screens and isolating themselves. This makes the kitchen more important than ever as it is a hub for the family to come together and engage with one another. This week we have a few tips to help you design a contemporary kitchen that the whole family can enjoy.
It is important to remember that every family is different, with their own special needs and dynamic. Be sure to take your time in thinking about what would and would not work specifically for your family and routine. Think about how many children you have, their interests and needs, and consider the space and budget you will be working with. All of these factors will determine how you can accommodate everyone to create a fun and practical space where everyone can feel at home.
It is important that you create a space that feels open, inviting and comfortable. This is so that your children and friends will want to spend time there. If you have a smaller space, you cannot go wrong with an open plan kitchen. Removing boundaries creates an open and multifunctional space. This ensures you and the family get more time together.
Another way to create an inviting kitchen space is to invest in a kitchen island. Islands are ideal for socialising as everyone can sit and relax while chatting. It is also an ideal place for the children to hang out or play and do their homework. You will also be able to keep an eye on them while cooking.
It is important to remember that you don’t get carried away by an idea that isn’t practical for your lifestyle and space. Kitchen islands only work if you have space available. There is no point in hoping the children will use it as a study station if there is limited space and you are left cooking in a small corner. Cooking and food prep areas are not to be messed with. You need to remember that this is ultimately a room for preparing food easily and with as little hassle as possible. Make sure you can get from the fridge to the stove and sink without any obstacles.
If you would like the island to be a working area, think about wires etc will go. You need to make sure that there will be enough outlets and hiding areas, and that there are no exposed wires trailing anywhere that could be dangerous. It is easy to overlook this, resulting in unnecessary accidents.
If you children feel welcome and can easily engage in the kitchen, they will stay for longer. Think about how they view the room and facilitate it to suit their interests. For example, you may want to build a drawer lower down for them to access their specific plates and cups. Doing so will make them feel involved as they will be able to begin to organise themselves without your help.
Cooking is a wonderful skill for your children to grasp from an early age, especially as it will help them to develop a healthy relationship with the foods they eat. Encourage them to join in and get involved by using bright and colourful gadgets that they will want to engage with.
While you may be tempted to choose any kitchen worktop or cabinet that you want, having small children means you must consider the practicalities. Think about sticky fingers, spills and general wear and tear that are more than likely to occur when small children are around. Keep this in mind when considering your options. For example, stainless steel looks fantastic, but will need wiping down constantly. Gloss cabinets will show wear and tear.
Remember to consider safety in your design. For example, rounder counter edges are far safer than a sharp right angle when there are young ones running around. Not to mention, induction hobs reduce the risk of burns by removing naked flames. It is important that every aspect of your kitchen is safe if you have small children.
No matter what you want for your contemporary kitchen, it is important that you have an experienced kitchen specialist to help you make the right choices along the way. Why not contact Euan Begg Kitchens and Bedrooms to see how we can help? We would love to hear your ideas and build you the ideal contemporary kitchen.