Island dreams: the creative heart of any family kitchen
Kitchen islands used to be a luxury add-on. Over time, they have become an essential feature of family kitchens and much more affordable and accessible. Do your research to find creative kitchen island options that fit your needs. There are slender bars you can place adjacent to the main kitchen area, as well as more substantial ones to include appliances and break up a larger space. Plus, islands double up as counter space when things get a little crowded in the kitchen.
Larger islands not only give you more prep space, they encourage the rest of the family to come together. One could be cooking, while the other is working on their latest arts and crafts project. Even if your kids are still playing on their iPad, at least you’re in the same room.
Kitchen islands double up as extra prep space and encourage the family to spend time together in the kitchen.
Tall and wide: Create more kitchen cabinet and worktop space
More space gives you more room to create together as a family. If you have a compact kitchen or just want more room to play with, then installing deeper worktops and taller kitchen cabinets could make a world of difference.
Standard kitchen designs tend to have quite slim countertops and cabinets that don’t go to the ceiling, leaving unused upwards wall space. This often leads to cluttered sideboards that just about house your toaster, bread bin, knife set and microwave but leave little room for anything else. Blenders, grill machines, other small appliances and anything else you need ends up shoved above the cabinets forgotten and gathering dust. In an Ideal Home article, Chief Designer at Woodstock Furniture Andrew Hall said:
“For a compact kitchen, factor tall cabinetry into your design to make the most of your walls for storage. Deeper work surfaces will also generate a lot more space for prepping or displaying items, plus it offers greater storage potential – look at increasing the size by an extra 10cm, floor space permitting.”
Make the most of your space by installing deeper worktop and taller kitchen cabinets.
Get comfy: encourage social interaction and snuggles
Having sofas and comfy chairs in the kitchen was a growing trend last year, and for a good reason.
If you’re tired of the family dispersing into their own room, then this is a great way to tempt them back into the family kitchen. It doesn’t matter if you have a small kitchen. There are various seating options to choose from. Anything from an L-shaped sofa to a giant bean bag or cushioned bar stools could do the trick. Throw in some ambient lighting and your kitchen will become a more sociable and comfortable place to hang out.
An L-shaped sofa, a giant bean bag, or cushioned bar stools can all work to tempt the family back into the kitchen.
Inspire creativity: natural elements to awaken the senses
Plants, landscape art and natural tones can all help to transform what may have been just a functional kitchen into a family room. If you want to inspire more creativity in your family, then you could just include outdoor elements like plants, grapevines, fruit and butterflies or landscape art. Why not get the kids involved and try your hand at some leaf printing together? All you need is some brightly colored paints, some leaves, and a canvas.
Transform your kitchen into a family room with outdoor elements like plants, landscape art and natural tones.
The ideal space to connect and spend quality time with family
Life gets busy and the way you use your kitchen may have become a matter of convenience and getting by. Take a moment to imagine your families’ kitchen comings and goings in fast forward. Does it include enough connection and togetherness? If the answer is no, then you know what to do.
Hit pause on time rushing by and grab this opportunity to create a kitchen that inspires quality time with family. If you’re planning a kitchen remodel project, you can go bigger with the idea and turn your kitchen layout to your advantage as well. Check out our suggestions about which layouts would better accommodate your family for more ideas.
Don’t get lost in your busy life. Take a moment to imagine what will work for your family to spend more time together in the kitchen.