Everyone knows that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and in my home, it’s where all the action happens.
When I designed my kitchen, I had my friends, family and children in mind. I wanted it to be the hub of the home where I could combine three of my favorite things, cooking, socialising and entertaining.
For this to work I needed the kitchen to be adaptable, with a lot of worktop space so I could freely move around the kitchen without banging and bumping into things.
The most important aspect for me was the island, as this added a whole other dimension of space which could be utilized for food preparation, food cooking and socialising.
The island furthermore acts as a breakfast bar with cleaver stools which can slot underneath the worktop and be pulled out at our convenience. This is great in itself as it allows me to talk to the kids whist I’m cooking and their eating which I believe is really important.
If you have the option to, and the space then I would 100% recommend getting an island put into your kitchen to create the perfect social kitchen. This doesn’t have to be a big island, with loads of worktop space or a sink, but just with a wooden or marble top, it acts as the focal point for your kitchen and brings it all together.
If you can’t fit an island into your kitchen, then why not opt for a breakfast bar, this is a great way to open a room out and combine the kitchen, dining area or even kitchen and living area. Creating a big kitchen will certainly add to the aesthetics of your home and will do wonders for your home value.
A breakfast bar doesn’t necessary have to take up loads of room, it can simply be added to your exposed worktop and offers an alternative dining space which furthermore acts as a social hub which can be enjoyed my many.
If your kitchen has a window which looks out onto the garden, then have you considered putting in double doors? Although this may loose you space it will certainly open up your kitchen, allow more light to get in and make it seam much bigger. In the summer there is nothing better than swinging the doors open and cooking with a summer breeze drifting in.
Smart storage is another great way to make your kitchen more social. If you have a messy kitchen which is full of clutter, pots and pans and other things then this isn’t very inviting. Find a home for everything and if needs be, have a good clear out. You can’t expect guests to come into your kitchen and relax if there is a constant mess around them, invest in some good storage solutions to create an inviting kitchen which can be heart of your home.
There are many ways to create a social kitchen, let me know what you love most about your social kitchen space.