In the kitchen, you will find family and friends cooking, socializing, and children playing. It can be a place for fun, a place for laughter, and a place for good food, of course. But having a family-friendly kitchen is a must for any busy family household. When your kitchen can bring everyone together, provide a space to play, a space to mingle, a space to entertain, and a space to chat, then it is going to work as a multi-functional space, and really make it the heart of the home.
So if you are wondering how to remodel your kitchen and make it a little more family-friendly, then look no further. Here are some ideas to help you.
If you want it to be a place that the children can sit and read while you cook or where your teens can hang out with friends and eat a pizza, then having some seating is a must. Of course, there may not be space in all kitchens. But if there is, then make the most of it. It could be just adding in some chairs, or getting tall bar-style stools for a breakfast area. You could also think about creating some seating in a window area, especially if you have a bay window.
In a house with children, there are going to be plenty of colors that are added into the mix, with their artwork and toys all over. So if you have too many colors going on in the kitchen as well, then it can be a little too much. So keep the colors as simple as you can if you want a space the looks decluttered, clean, and tidy. Still use color, but be wary of pattern. You can add pops of color with things like appliances and chairs, instead of multi-colored tiles, for example.
Ah, little ones and their sticky fingers. Baby wipes are a lifesaver when you have little ones! And being able to create a space in your home that is wipeable, is a must where possible. Think carefully about the things you have in your kitchen, such as tiles, units, and flooring. Carpet would be a big no, for example. Instead, opt for tiles or laminate wooden flooring. You don’t want anything that can stain or will take time to dry.
You also may want to look into an oilcloth tablecloth to help protect table surfaces.
Lighting in the kitchen can be really key, and does aid its function of being multi-purpose or not. Having a few different options, such as pendant lighting overhead, wall lighting, and countertop lighting are all good ideas. Then when kids get up in the night for water the bright lights don’t have to be switched on, but they can be for when you need to cool or entertain. So give yourself a few options and it will make it a better and more practical space for your family.
Have you got any other tips or tricks that have helped you as you have created a family-friendly kitchen space? It would be great to hear.