How to keep your kitchen life harmonious

With busy working lives and everything to do at home, many people like to have a space in their home that can act as a sanctuary from the world, and for many Britons, this relaxing room is the kitchen.

However, too many times this mini Shangri-La can become overrun with mess and noise, while it can also get a little stale. When this is the case, it is often time to design a new luxury kitchen, and the following tips should help to keep this cooking space as harmonious as possible:

Direct flow

Maintaining balance within the kitchen is important, but we are not talking about Chi or other mystical life forces. Instead, it is vital that you design a space that can direct traffic around it effectively, especially if you have young children in the home.

By putting the cooktop away from the areas that kids will visit, you can lessen the chances of them having an accident or bumping into you while you cook. Islands positioned strategically are great for this sort of thing. Meanwhile, having the fridge in a place that is both accessible to the chef and anyone entering the room, but coming from different directions, will stop people from constantly stepping over one another.

Island life

While we have already seen that islands are quite useful for directing the flow of traffic around your luxury kitchen, you must also choose what you will use it for. Having a clear intention for the unit will ensure that it will not become cluttered with unnecessary items.

For example, if you are planning on eating meals at the island, either as a breakfast bar or stylish dinner table, it would be a good idea to have two separate surfaces, so that the cooking and dining tops are not muddled.

Open up the room

If your kitchen is beginning to feel a little stuffy, you can alter its whole appearance by inserting lighter colours into your design. Pastels and other bright shades will make it seem like the room has grown by a few extra feet, whereas a darker hue can make it feel like the walls are closing in.

It is always best to combine carefree colours with natural light, which will bathe worktops and complement the airy shades. A touch of greenery, such as a few potted plants or, better yet, some home-grown herbs, will provide you with a room to while away the day without a care.

Posted by Peter
February 24, 2015
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