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18.2.13

The Best Room In The House {Guest Post}


When it comes to interior design, the kitchen is one of the places where mums should have final say. If you’re like most mums, you need your kitchen to be a multi-functional room where you can prepare meals, spend time with family, and do the washing up, but you also want the overall look of the room to have a bit of personal style. Whether you’re remodelling an old kitchen or starting from scratch, here are some things to consider in creating the perfect kitchen design:

1) Think about your kitchen’s overall flow.
Before you start picking out new appliances or requesting paint samples, it’s important to consider the overall flow of your kitchen. The modern kitchen has three basic functions—storage, preparation, and cooking—so make sure you choose a layout that easily facilitates these tasks. If you only have a small space to work with, consider an “L” shaped layout to optimise work flow and storage space. Larger rooms can make use of a more spacious “U” shaped layout.

2) Consider adding a kitchen island.
If you’ve got the space, a kitchen island can be a great addition to a family kitchen. Not only does it give you increased prep room when you’re making family meals, the additional storage room is the ideal place to keep your dry goods and canned goods. Add a few chairs around the countertop to turn the island into an informal space for serving the kids breakfast or socialising with guests.

3) Choose the right appliances.
Let’s face it: running a household is hectic, so when you’re designing your new kitchen, it’s important to choose appliances that will make your life easier. If you’ve got a large family to cook for, consider installing a double oven or a stove with six burners so that you don’t have to play the waiting game. A dishwasher is better than washing up by hand not only in terms of time, but money as well, as modern dishwashers are designed to use less energy and water. If you have the space, consider purchasing one that can wash up to 14 place settings to so that you can wash more dishes at once. If your freezer always seems stuffed to the brim, consider adding an extra deep freezer in the pantry area.

4) Make it personal.
If you’re like most mums, you spend a lot of time in your kitchen. Make it your favourite room in the house by adding some personal touches. Many modern kitchens include shelving for books—either in the kitchen island or a low-hanging shelf—so that you can do some reading while keeping an eye on the stovetop. Maybe you don’t have the time to plant a large garden, but you can surely tend to a few plants and flowers on the windowsill to help liven up the space. As for the kids, installing a chalkboard where they can draw pictures or write messages is always a big hit, and don’t forget to hang their favourite creations along with a few family photos on the fridge.