For many of us, the kitchen is the hub of the home. It’s not just a room for cooking anymore. It’s a multi-functional space for working, eating, relaxing and entertaining.
Research by Lloyds Bank shows that we spend an average of 1 hour and 36 minutes in the kitchen each day. We want you to look forward to that time and be inspired to share it with your friends and loved ones.
“Kitchens today require a different and more thoughtful approach. They need to feel more comfortable and inviting, with a softer feel than the purely functional rooms of the past”. Victoria Meale, Interior Designer.
Here are 5 steps that can help you bring life back into the kitchen and get guest-ready.
Decluttering before inviting guests can minimise distractions and ensure everyone feels at home. Plus it helps you maximise the space you have and get organised.
“The reason every item must have a designated place is because the existence of an item without a home multiplies the chances that your space will become cluttered again” - Marie Kondo, Organising Consultant.
Take a look in your kitchen drawers. Are there any utensils that haven't been used more than once? We know kitchen gadgets are tempting, but they can become more trouble than they're worth when they contribute to the clutter.
Curated cooking spaces are set to be one of the hottest trends this year, so consider open-shelving. This will not only look great, but it will also help you keep an eye on your belongings and inspire you to keep them clutter-free. Try hanging your mugs on hooks or installing a metallic strip for your larger cooking utensils - even a tidy worktop can quickly become cluttered with knife blocks and utensil buckets. Think of decluttering as an opportunity to be creative and think outside the box.
Check out Jenn’s tips on how to organise kitchen cabinets over on her Clean and Scentsible blog.
The kitchen has the potential to act as a second living room, and what good is a living room without seating that lets you socialise in style. So turn your kitchen island into your entertainment space with extra bar stools for your guests.
No kitchen island? No problem. Try combining your dining and kitchen areas. If your kitchen features a place to dine and socialise, then it becomes the centre of your home - especially when you have guests over.
Having a comfy nook in your kitchen to relax in makes it all the more inviting. Keep it cosy with snug seating - perfect for friends while you're cooking and having a good natter.
There’s something about the look and feel of a painted kitchen. You can make a statement with colour, and the result is often far greater than the effort of a few coats of paint. Whether you’re switching up the tone of your cabinets or considering a standout accent wall, colour can reinvent your kitchen space and become a great talking point for guests.
"A bold wall colour paired with white cabinetry can instantly breathe in some new life into a kitchen," Karen Vidal of Design Vidal.
Cabinets are one of the most noticeable features in a kitchen so they should be dressed to impress. We can help you inject your personality into your kitchen with a bespoke design that will create the ambience you want.
Bring the outside in with potted plants or a herb garden. Plants in the home not only create a talking point for you and your guests, but studies have also shown that indoor plants can reduce stress and elevate your mood. Plus, they are an inexpensive way to ramp up the style factor in any kitchen.
Houseplants are great for your health too and not just because they are great to look at. They release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, freshening the air and eliminating harmful toxins in your home. Extensive NASA research has revealed that houseplants can remove up to 87 per cent of air toxin in 24 hours.
Good lighting is the key to success according to Pippa Paton, so make sure you get as much natural light into the kitchen as possible too - open windows and doors to let in fresh air.
Think about how you can incorporate technology into your kitchen design to make the space even more social.
Be smart about how you position your TV. You don’t want technology to distract your guests from the conversation, but there are benefits of hosting with a TV in the kitchen when you’re entertaining, The GBBO final for one or just a little background noise.
When it comes to having friends over, there’s really nothing better than music to set the scene for the evening. Smart speakers are also a really convenient way to manage the music at a dinner party without picking up your phone or changing the record. Plus they offer interactive games for you and your guests to play.
Just a few small changes can start to bring more life into the heart of your home, and transform your fitted kitchen into a dynamic and exciting place to spend time with family and friends.
For further interior inspiration and expert advice on making the most of your kitchen with beautiful bespoke designs, book a design visit, or pop in store today.