King Of The Kitchen: How To Create A Cooking Space That You’ll Love #CP

When updating your home in 2024, some rooms will take priority over others. Frankly, the kitchen should be one of the top candidates for a renovation.

While you technically spend more time in the bedroom than in any other setting due to sleep. However, kitchens are the busiest room in the family home. Therefore, creating a space that you actively love will enhance your home life in a very big way. Here’s how to do it.

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Step One: Consider The Cooking Equipment

Many people design their kitchens and then buy the gadgets and equipment they require. However, it may be better to consider the cooking products first as this helps you plan a layout that ensures every item has its dedicated space. Popular gadgets now include slow cookers, air fryers, coffee machines, and juicers. You will also need to concede how much space is needed for the oven and hob. 

A kitchen that features all the necessary goods without feeling cluttered is a recipe for success. You’ll enjoy cooking more, which subsequently encourages you to spend more time in the kitchen.

Step Two: Make It Low Maintenance

It is easy to get sidetracked by the latest trends in kitchen design. Choosing a modern colour scheme can certainly inject the right energy into the room. If you want the kitchen to keep filling you with positive feelings, though, it needs to be low maintenance. Durable and easy-to-clean kitchen tiles should be a priority. Otherwise, food stains and general grime can quickly ruin the aesthetic and leave you wanting to avoid the room.

Another important decision relates to the choice of kitchen countertops. Quartz and other durable materials that have heat-proof properties are advised. Aside from being low maintenance, they will last longer. 

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Step Three: Add Practical Luxuries

While the right cooking equipment should be a priority, you must not ignore other features in the kitchen. Any addition that provides a practical benefit or improves your home life is a worthwhile investment. An instant boiling water tap is a fantastic addition that saves you valuable time, as well as money due to energy savings. Smart thermostats and filter taps integrated into the fridge are also popular.

Of course, appliances like dishwashers can make life a little easier. So, you should think about them when creating the layout for your kitchen. In turn, you’ll be able to spend more time enjoying the kitchen and the rest of the home.

Step Four: Think About Human Interactions

Even if you enjoy cooking and find it a good way to de-stress, it can be a lonely experience at times. Therefore, designing a space that allows for social interactions is another key factor. You can achieve this by having a kitchen island and breakfast bar. Alternatively, you could remove an interior wall or add a serving hatch. This will allow you to chat with your family while cooking or completing other duties.

Depending on the size and location of the kitchen, you may also have a chance to connect it to the outside spaces. Sliding doors that lead out to the patio are the most common solution. This will make your home the perfect place for hosting friends.

Karl Young

Part-time daddy and lifestyle blogger. Father of 2 boys under 2. Golfer, scare-fan, tea-lover, traveller, squash and poker player. I write on the @HuffPostUK

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