The very best kitchens are ones that create a space that’s not just about cooking and food prep but about being social and spending meaningful time with family and friends. Sharing food is an important part of family life and creating a kitchen that supports that is really important. We’re going to talk today about some of the things you can do to create a more social family kitchen space.
Make it Open Plan
It’s much easier to be social in your kitchen when it’s open plan and when you have plenty of space at your disposal. If you currently have two areas for dining and cooking that are separate from one another, you might want to consider knocking down that barrier between the two rooms and creating one open plan room instead. It could be just what you need.
Create a Focal Point
It’s also a good idea to put in place a focal point for the entire space in terms of socializing. For many kitchens, doing this means creating an island in the centre of the kitchen that can be used for eating breakfast at or simply socializing while one person sits and the other prepares dinner. But it’s up to you which focal point you ultimately go with.
Make it Feel Light
Making the space feel as light and airy as it possibly can is another thing that you’ll want to work on. When you make the space feel light and open, you’ll all want to spend more time in the space. So consider opening the kitchen out onto the back garden more if you can. And make the most of windows and natural lights to enhance the atmosphere in the space. Whatever you do, don’t make it overly dark because then it becomes uninviting.
Consider Remodeling It
If you think that your kitchen can’t be saved by the minor changes we’ve discussed so far, you might want to think about going all out and having it completely remodeled. With the help of the right kitchen remodeling company, this process shouldn’t be too difficult for you. It’s probably not a project you want to take on alone, but it might be worth exploring nonetheless.
Get the Seating Right
Finally, you’ll want to think about how you can get the seating right in your kitchen. If you’re going to sit around the island or at a breakfast bar, you’ll need some high seats that are comfortable and can accommodate all of you, as well as any guests that might come over. And the seating at the main dining table will be important too, so don’t skimp when choosing chairs.
There are so many ways to make your kitchen a more social space. And although the changes might be challenging for you in the short-term, you’ll be happy you put the work in by the time it’s all done. A truly social kitchen space will offer you exactly what your family needs from day to day.