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Aug 23, 2017

Trend Alert: Tips to Maximise Your Multi-Functional Kitchen

When it comes to the layout of a home, there is one room that takes on many different roles – a place to store, prepare food, eat, fellowship and engage with others.  That’s right, we’re talking kitchens and with these top tips, you can make the most of this versatile space in your own home.

1.  A living space In modern designs, the kitchen is no longer just a space for cooking and preparing meals. No. It is now also an extension of the entertainment areas and dining rooms in the home. People are spending more time here, socialising, communing together and enjoying the simple pleasures of it being a ‘living’ space. To achieve a true ‘living’ ambiance, you may want to opt for an open plan space, where you can simultaneously prepare food and engage with your guests. Bring comfortable seating to the kitchen to encourage interaction with your family – build a customised eating nook that forms a very functional part of the kitchen. Your family, and guests, will thank you! 2. A simplified space Modern kitchens are becoming more efficient and simple in form. As such, you may want to keep other tasks, such as a pantry or laundry room space away from your functional kitchen. Use an available nook to create a separate scullery area, or build a pantry cupboard that can be conveniently closed off from the rest of the kitchen. Think of unconventional and unused spaces in the home- perhaps a pantry may be a welcome addition under the stairs in a closed off passage near the kitchen. 3. User-friendly drawers are all the rage Cupboards are the more traditional option in the home, but deep drawers may be the answer to help create a more user-friendly kitchen. Instead of stacking all your pots and pans out of reach at the bottom of a cupboard, do a simple kitchen upgrade and include deep drawers for easy access to your kitchen appliances and pots and pans. You can also customise your kitchen cabinets with wine racks and spice jar organisers to help free up space.

4. Kitchen lighting is crucial You may be completely focused on kitchen appliances and cabinetry when you are thinking about a kitchen upgrade, but lighting plays a crucial role in this space. Naturally, you will want a bold, bright lighting source in the kitchen so you can safely work with sharp knives and appliances without the fear of injury. However, task lighting with LED lights placed around the kitchen, can also be a lifesaver. LED technology makes it simple to install hidden strip lights and spotlights wherever you need them most. Strip lights underneath wall cabinets can be used to light up worktops and hobs when you’re cooking, for example.

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