In the past, the kitchen was used solely for cooking. It was purely a functional space that was designed to meet these needs. However, over time the kitchen really has become the heart of the home. It provides a place for people to spend time catching up about their day, or entertaining friends and family. So in this post, we’ve put together our top tips to make your kitchen your dream social space - without breaking the bank!
One of the first things to work on in your kitchen is the atmosphere that it has. If you create a warm and cosy environment then people will naturally be more drawn to the space. Look at using warm neutrals and pops of soft, inviting colours combined with classic wooden cabinets or flooring. You can carry out a really cost-effective kitchen makeover to incorporate these elements on a budget, and without having to install a whole new kitchen! The important thing to bear in mind is to create a kitchen space that invites people in and can handle all those people well. Focus on striking the right balance between practicality and aesthetics.
Nobody can resist a comfortable sofa, and once someone spots one in your kitchen they won’t be in any rush to leave! Choose a compact sofa, and place it somewhere that helps to divide the kitchen up into different zones. Have a specific area for cooking, then another for dining/socialising.
For many of us, catching up over dinner is one of the most sociable times in our day. So why not make the most of this by putting your dining table in your kitchen? There are so many different shapes and sizes available out there, that you’re bound to find something that fits just right within your kitchen.
Sometimes, it just isn’t practical or viable to have a dining table in your kitchen. There’s no need to miss out on those opportunities for conversation! A breakfast bar is the perfect spot for your family, or guests to sit and chat whilst you’re cooking. The overhanging lip of the worktop of an island is also perfect to hide those bar stools when they’re not in use, keeping your kitchen looking clean and tidy.
Take some time to add some really personal touches to your kitchen, so that it truly reflects your personality and gives off a more ‘homely’ feel. This doesn’t mean you have to put up lots of family portraits if this isn’t your style. Perhaps you could display some of your favourite art, crockery, or books in your kitchen?
You can even start a conversation without even talking. Why not add a family message board in there, sharing messages or to-do lists for the day. Even easier, why not use something like sticky notes? Encourage opportunities for conversation wherever you can, and you’ll see your social hub thrive.
As much as you might hate to admit it, technology is a huge part of our lives. One study found that 1 in 5 of all adults spends as much as 40 hours a week on the web! Not to mention how long we spend on social media, watching television etc… Technology is part of our every day, so to keep people engaged in the kitchen it should be incorporated here. You could provide USB charging in your kitchen island, or put a TV in the sitting area. At least then, you’ll all be together whilst using the tech!
We hope some of these tips help you in creating a social kitchen! However, if you need a little help getting started with the foundations, get in touch about our kitchens and kitchen makeover services. We’re here to help you achieve your dream kitchen!
Posted on: 10th April 2019