Building the perfect kitchen

It’s a well-known fact that the kitchen is the heart of the home. We cook in them, eat in them, talk about how our days have been in them, so getting the kitchen looking and feeling right is the key to a happy, inviting home.

Here are our thoughts on what are the most important parts of any kitchen:

Space

There’s no prize for guessing this one, but getting space into your kitchen is absolutely crucial. Sometimes, that means being a bit creative, and there are some great ideas out there to increase your usable kitchen space.

On one end of the spectrum, making more room on your worktops can make a huge difference to the vibe of your kitchen. Simple, small changes, like putting your toaster or smoothie maker away between uses, or getting a large movable chopping board that can sit right across the sink, mean that you can save room on your worktops for other tasks. Tables in kitchens are always a bonus, but sometimes they can make the space feel cluttered, so maybe you could consider a table that folds away to increase your floor space.

Light

This one follows on from having lots of space, but don’t underestimate how much light, or lack of it, can make to how your kitchen feels. Remove or change any heavy blinds if you can, and if you’re still short of natural illumination, think about getting a large mirror on one wall, which can trick any mind into thinking a room is bigger than it really is. If that still doesn’t work, it might be time to get the paintbrushes out; a light, white colour scheme should lift the light levels in even the dingiest of spaces.

Smell

This is more of a delicate topic, but who can honestly say that their kitchen hasn’t had a bit of an unsavoury whiff from time to time? It might not be pleasant, but it’s important to tackle those pongs head on if you want to have the ideal kitchen space.

Is the bin bringing the whole room down? It could save space and smells if you can keep your bin under the sink. Does the fridge smell frightening? Put some lemon in some water and place it on a shelf, to give it a citrus freshness that will challenge even the most stubborn stinks.

Whatever you decide to do, follow these ideas and we think you will never be far away from kitchen perfection.

Posted by Peter
December 19, 2014
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