Not all families are the same so it follows that not all kitchens will be the same. The needs of a young couple who do lots of informal entertaining will be very different from the needs of a family with children of mixed ages, or an older retired couple. There are however certain design criteria that should be followed when it comes to creating your perfect kitchen.
Choosing a kitchen that suits your household will involve having a think about how you would like the room to work and what it will be used for. Your family’s practical needs should be as important as the looks when it comes to a kitchen that works for all the whole household, however with such a massive range of fitted kitchens to choose from you should still be able to achieve the look you want with a very practical and easy to use layout.
When you are discussing the design for your new kitchen, you should bear in mind that for the kitchen to fulfill the needs of the whole family, it should be more than just a room that one cooks in. If the room is big enough you should plan to allow and area for the whole family to get together at certain times of day such as breakfast or during the preparation of dinner in the evening. The kitchen is a great place to get together and will be used for many different uses, think about kids homework or coffee with friends.clever use of lighting and different styles of worktops can help to create different ‘zones’ in your kitchen making it a truly user friendly space.
Our Cream Gloss Kitchen showing the creation of different ‘zones’
Contemporary, minimalist kitchens may be perfect for young couples, but they are not usually well suited to larger families. By contrast to the sleek modern units and fittings of a minimalist kitchen a family kitchen will benefit from plenty of worktop space and good levels of extra storage. You should aim to keep the design and units flexible to adapt to the changing needs of the whole family. When you choose the appliances look for products that are best suited to family life as opposed to items that just look good in the showroom or on the internet. Large ‘American’ style fridge freezers are perfect for a busy family kitchen as they generally have a large sections for frozen food and flexible zones for refrigerated food so you can store many different types of food in the one appliance, perfect for quick weekday dinners or impromptu suppers.
If you would like any further help or advice on kitchen design, please call our friendly team here at Big Home Shop on 0844 245 0088. You may also want to read further on this subject in this great article from Gareth at Eurofit Direct Redesigning Your Kitchen