Home is where the heart is. The heart of a home is generally the kitchen. The kitchen and dining space is where most families spend their time together. Sure, we may spend time as a family in front of a TV. But between all of our electronics and screens, there isn’t much face to face time with families anymore. To keep the family close, and interactions alive, here are some tips to keeping a functional space in the most important room of the house
Since families do spend the majority of the time spread out through the house. Having an open layout and avoiding isolation is the first key to success when it comes to a well-designed kitchen.
Including storage is a huge part for every kitchen and never underestimate how much space you’ll need. Keeping all these items organized is also important. It is easy to get caught up in the design of a kitchen and forget about storage all together. Using drawer organizers and designing your shelves to fit different sized items is something to keep in mind.
Having your kitchen or eat-in dining room connect to the outdoors helps keep the party going. Outdoor eating on a nice evening is a great way to further disconnect with technology and keep family gatherings together. Plus outdoor access will generally bring in extra light and keep the kitchen feeling open.
If you want your kitchen to be the ‘heart’ of your home, you need to make sure it is designed with access to multiple areas in your home. If open concept isn’t an option, having direct access to your family/great room, as well as having it connect to your garage and mudroom will help achieve this.
Fact of the matter is, the kitchen is more about how it functions, than how it looks. But don’t forget to have fun. Your kitchen should represent you and your personal design choices rather than a ‘cookie cutter’ design. Homes are about love, family and comfort. Use these tips to create the heart of your home.