We often hear that the kitchen is the heart of the home. However, over many years of using this important area every day, it can lose its appeal of being the place where everyone gathers and gets together. Clutter, disorganization, and age can change its image from the heart of the home to just a place where meals are hurriedly prepared.
Here are some ways to upgrade and update your kitchen and make you want to spend more time in it once again:
1) Check the layout
Nowadays, a kitchen with an open layout is a must. To make it a social space, an open layout is very important. This type of layout means you can cook, chat with your guests, see your children playing, and watch the game on TV all at the same time. Gone are the days when the cook is left on their own slaving away at the stove with everyone else outside. An open-plan layout is the best option to turn a kitchen into the heart of the home.
If renovating your kitchen is an option, think of adding a large kitchen island where family and friends can gather around. An island can also serve many purposes – a study and homework area, a place to do bills, and a breakfast nook.
2) Include lots of functional storage space
Clutter is everyone’s enemy. The quickest way for an area in the house to lose its appeal is for it to be messy and disorganized. To avoid clutter, make sure you have enough storage space to keep kitchenware and appliances that are not in use. Having areas to keep things will give the kitchen more counter space and make the entire space more welcoming.
Make sure that the storage space you add is functional. For example, kids' plates and utensils can be kept in a base cupboard so they can reach them easily. Some families also choose to keep a built-in microwave at a low-level so that growing children can learn to use it, and it also keeps counter space free.
3) Make it light and bright
Is your kitchen dark and gloomy? A dreary kitchen is the last place family and friends would like to spend time and hang out in. If you can’t do major renovations, maybe you can add new lights or re-paint your kitchen cabinets and walls with a lighter color. A white kitchen (with maybe some neutral accents) is always a good choice to have a brighter, and bigger-looking, space.
Turning your kitchen into the heart of your home again will take some time and effort, but it will be well worth it. Think of all the happy memories you can create in this new and welcoming space.
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