Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Making Your Kitchen The Heart Of The Home

Since moving house recently, I have taken great pleasure in the small things about having a beautiful kitchen, I have started baking, which I will go into in more detail in future posts, and I find now that I love to have things that match in my kitchen.

I even have a colour scheme! An actual colour scheme in my kitchen.

(Lime green, in case you were interested) 

It makes a lovely change to have a kitchen that I am proud of and when you have a family, it is nice to make the kitchen the heart of the home. I remember as a child, all gathering in the kitchen at certain points in the day to have a catch up with the family, mum cooking the dinner as she asked us about the day, chatting to my dad as he did the washing up after a sunday roast. Done correctly a kitchen can be more of a gathering place and more comfortable than the living room. Look at parties, where does everyone gather? In the kitchen. (although that could be because that is where the booze is) I have tried to keep the look of my kitchen clean and simple and I wanted to share with you some simple tips to make sure your kitchen is being used how you want it to be, being functional and yet a warm place where people want to be.

Hiding Things Away. 

Now I am not talking about old newspapers and last nights washing up here, integrated appliances are a perfect way to hide away the things that do not need to be on show. An integrated washing machine is an easy way to make a kitchen look less like a laundry and more a place of calm. We all need a washing machine, we just don't always need it on show.

A Noteboard.

If you have a busy family home, the kitchen is usually where you will all cross paths, whether you are grabbing a quick coffee before work, putting together a packed lunch for school or even having a drink of water, everyone enters the kitchen at some point. I have found that a memo board in the kitchen is a great place to leave notes, whether it is, "Pick up milk" "Don't forget we have friends over tonight" or even a simple "I love you" It all adds to making your kitchen a warm place where people can enjoy being. (And if they want to make me a coffee while they are there, fabulous) 

A Kitchen Feature

If you want a feature in your kitchen, a great place to start is with a new cooker hood, from being a necessary evil to now being almost a statement piece, cooker hoods have come a long way. Some even look like pieces of art, with chrome, stainless steel and glass making a comeback, giving your kitchen an instant up-to-date look.

Table And Chairs.

IF you are lucky enough to have the space, a table and chairs are always a great thing to have in the kitchen. Get comfortable in your kitchen, make it a place for fun and conversation, not just cooking meals.

So what advice would you give to people to make their kitchen a place where people enjoying being?

Let me know.

Big Fashionista x x x

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  1. An island helps as a postmodern fireplace almost.A variety of teas and a good kitchen table to relax and chat around.

  2. I only rent at the moment, but this post makes me wistful to have my own place.

    I firmly believe the kitchen is the heart of any home!

    Hmm maybe...


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