While we’ve all heard enough of the constant cliché that the kitchen is the ‘heart of the home’, the sentiment behind it remains true – the kitchen is typically where families spend the most time, coming together to eat, socialise and enjoy one another’s’ company. As smart phones, tablets and laptops become more common and young children spend more and more time isolated and looking at screens, the kitchen is becoming even more important as a hub for the family to come together and engage. We’ve come up with a few tips to help you design a kitchen that the whole family will love spending time in.

Bear in mind that each and every family is different, with their own special needs and dynamic, so be sure to spend some time thinking about what will work specifically for you and your routine – the number of kids you have, their ages, interests and needs, as well as the space and budget you have to work with, will all determine how you can accommodate everyone to create a fun, practical space where everyone feels welcome – without having to sacrifice style and aesthetics.

Here are few general tips:

Create an interactive, inviting space

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Design a space that feels open, inviting and comfortable so your kids and friends want to spend time in the kitchen. If you have a smaller space a good idea is to create an open plan kitchen connecting with your lounge area. By removing the boundaries, you’ll create an open and multi-functional space that means you can all spend more time together (and that you’ll have company while cooking!)

If you do go open plan, strategically place a couch or a few comfy chairs directly facing the kitchen so its easy to hold a conversation between the spaces and entertain or supervise while you work.

Another way to create an inviting kitchen is to invest in a kitchen island. Islands are absolutely perfect for socialising as guests can sit and relax while chatting. If you have enough space, an island is also the ideal place for the kids to hang out and play or do their homework – you’ll be able to keep an eye on both them and the food.

 

Bear the practicalities in mind

Make sure you don’t get carried away by an idea that won’t practically work with what you have. Kitchen islands only work if you have the space – there’s no point hoping the kids will do their work on it when there’s limited space and you’re left cooking in a tiny corner. Cooking and food prep areas are not to be messed with, and you need to remember this is ultimately a room for preparing food easily and without hassle. Make sure no lines are crossed and that you’re able to get from the fridge to the stove to the sink with nothing getting in the way.

If you are planning on the island being a working area, do think about where wires etc. will go. Make sure there are enough outlets and hiding areas, and there aren’t any exposed wires trailing dangerously across open spaces. It’s an easy thing to forget that can result in un-necessary accidents.

 

Make it an accessible and fun space for the kids

 Younger children will spend more time in the kitchen if they feel welcome and engaged. Facilitate this by seeing things from their perspective, and work to make the room as accessible and fun as possible. For example, it’s a good idea to build a lower draw for them where they can store their specific plates, cups, snacks etc. This will make them feel involved as they’ll be able to begin to organise themselves without your help.

It could also be a good idea to have kid sized furniture – a smaller dining table and chairs will make the kids feel grown-up and mature, and help you in teaching them appropriate dining etiquette and how to fend for themselves.

Cooking is a great way to make your kids feel involved and grow their creativity as they learn valuable life skills and develop a healthy relationship with food. Encourage them to learn and get involved with bright, playful accessories and gadgets. You don’t have to do anything drastic with the overall style of the room, but having a few fun accessories is a good way to keep them interested.

 

Find the balance between style and function

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While it may be tempting to choose any kitchen worktop or type of cabinet you want, you need to be practical if you have small children in the house. Think about the sticky fingers, spills and general wear and tear that happen daily when you have little people in the house and keep this in mind when weighing up your choices. For example, while stainless steel might look great, it requires constant wiping down. Likewise, high gloss cabinets will show all the wear and tear.

You also need to factor safety into your design. For instance, rounder counter edges are a safer choice when there are little heads running around, while induction hobs reduce the risk of burns by removing any naked flame. For more tips on childproofing your kitchen read our previous post that’s full of great advice.

 

These tips are just the first step to creating the ideal family friendly kitchen for you. If you have any question or want professional advice,  book a free design consultation at your nearest showroom now and speak to one of our brilliant

While we’ve all heard enough of the constant cliché that the kitchen is the ‘heart of the home’, the sentiment behind it remains true – the kitchen is typically where families spend the most time, coming together to eat, socialise and enjoy one another’s’ company. As smart phones, tablets and laptops become more common and young children spend more and more time isolated and looking at screens, the kitchen is becoming even more important as a hub for the family to come together and engage. We’ve come up with a few tips to help you design a kitchen that the whole family will love spending time in.

Bear in mind that each and every family is different, with their own special needs and dynamic, so be sure to spend some time thinking about what will work specifically for you and your routine – the number of kids you have, their ages, interests and needs, as well as the space and budget you have to work with, will all determine how you can accommodate everyone to create a fun, practical space where everyone feels welcome – without having to sacrifice style and aesthetics.

Here are few general tips:

Create an interactive, inviting space

Screen Shot 2017-06-09 at 16.31.21

Design a space that feels open, inviting and comfortable so your kids and friends want to spend time in the kitchen. If you have a smaller space a good idea is to create an open plan kitchen connecting with your lounge area. By removing the boundaries, you’ll create an open and multi-functional space that means you can all spend more time together (and that you’ll have company while cooking!)

If you do go open plan, strategically place a couch or a few comfy chairs directly facing the kitchen so its easy to hold a conversation between the spaces and entertain or supervise while you work.

Another way to create an inviting kitchen is to invest in a kitchen island. Islands are absolutely perfect for socialising as guests can sit and relax while chatting. If you have enough space, an island is also the ideal place for the kids to hang out and play or do their homework – you’ll be able to keep an eye on both them and the food.

 

Bear the practicalities in mind

Make sure you don’t get carried away by an idea that won’t practically work with what you have. Kitchen islands only work if you have the space – there’s no point hoping the kids will do their work on it when there’s limited space and you’re left cooking in a tiny corner. Cooking and food prep areas are not to be messed with, and you need to remember this is ultimately a room for preparing food easily and without hassle. Make sure no lines are crossed and that you’re able to get from the fridge to the stove to the sink with nothing getting in the way.

If you are planning on the island being a working area, do think about where wires etc. will go. Make sure there are enough outlets and hiding areas, and there aren’t any exposed wires trailing dangerously across open spaces. It’s an easy thing to forget that can result in un-necessary accidents.

 

Make it an accessible and fun space for the kids

 Younger children will spend more time in the kitchen if they feel welcome and engaged. Facilitate this by seeing things from their perspective, and work to make the room as accessible and fun as possible. For example, it’s a good idea to build a lower draw for them where they can store their specific plates, cups, snacks etc. This will make them feel involved as they’ll be able to begin to organise themselves without your help.

It could also be a good idea to have kid sized furniture – a smaller dining table and chairs will make the kids feel grown-up and mature, and help you in teaching them appropriate dining etiquette and how to fend for themselves.

Cooking is a great way to make your kids feel involved and grow their creativity as they learn valuable life skills and develop a healthy relationship with food. Encourage them to learn and get involved with bright, playful accessories and gadgets. You don’t have to do anything drastic with the overall style of the room, but having a few fun accessories is a good way to keep them interested.

 

Find the balance between style and function

Screen Shot 2017-06-09 at 16.32.56

While it may be tempting to choose any kitchen worktop or type of cabinet you want, you need to be practical if you have small children in the house. Think about the sticky fingers, spills and general wear and tear that happen daily when you have little people in the house and keep this in mind when weighing up your choices. For example, while stainless steel might look great, it requires constant wiping down. Likewise, high gloss cabinets will show all the wear and tear.

You also need to factor safety into your design. For instance, rounder counter edges are a safer choice when there are little heads running around, while induction hobs reduce the risk of burns by removing any naked flame. For more tips on childproofing your kitchen read our previous post that’s full of great advice.

 

These tips are just the first step to creating the ideal family friendly kitchen for you. If you have any question or want professional advice,  book a free design consultation at your nearest showroom now and speak to one of our brilliant