Design Ideas To Make Your
Kitchen More Inviting
The kitchen gets makeovers more than any other room in the house. It also seems to draw more traffic than any other room. Those who entertain know the importance of making the kitchen an inviting place. In an age where so much social activity revolves around interesting food and beverages, it makes sense to want a kitchen that's accessible and inviting. If you're in need of a change, look no further than these four focus areas to give your kitchen a new feel.
Make It Merge
It's pretty difficult to entertain in a small kitchen, but many kitchens aren't completely suffocated by inconvenient walls. It may be engrained in our brains to separate space according to function, but if you want to make your kitchen feel bigger and more inviting, don't create barriers between adjacent rooms. One easy way to blend a kitchen with a living room is to move the couch to make it easier for guests in the living room to interact with others in the kitchen. They'll be able to thumb through that adorable baby brag book on the coffee table without having to shout over their shoulders. A simple reorientation of furniture extends the kitchen for entertaining purposes.
Get Off Your Feet
Even if your kitchen cannot merge with the living room, it's always possible to add seating for socializing in different ways if you have some extra space. Having a lot of seating in your kitchen means having a lot of surfaces. Each seat needs a place in front of it to accommodate a plate or a beverage. Nesting tables and chairs are an elegant solution to expanding the kitchen when you need to accommodate guests. Hinged surfaces, like fold-away kitchen counter extenders can be added, even to a wall, to provide more surface area in smaller spaces.
Crafty Counter Space
For the family interested in cooking together, adding more seating isn't nearly as important as adding more surface area. A rolling kitchen cart is a versatile way to expand your cooking area. You can roll it right up to the counter and lock it in place during the day, and move it to another part of the kitchen to free up space. Moving provides all-around access for extra hands or a small group of kids who want to help get a meal or dessert prepped for the dinner menu. An advantage to having a rolling cart for kids is you can isolate the prep space to keep them away from sharp knives, scalding surfaces, garbage disposals, and your more hazardous baking and cooking gadgets.
Coffee Shop Craze
Laptops and mobile devices make it easy to get work done anywhere, and a lot of people enjoy getting some work done in the kitchen. Coffee house culture can take credit for this preference, but for those who like to browse the Internet at breakfast or catch up on a show while drinking some home-brewed coffee, it makes more sense to take the tech into the kitchen than take the food out where it can make a mess. For a coffee house vibe, take out the table by the window and install a simple countertop with some stools for an outdoor view with your morning coffee.
The kitchen can easily be the room in your house where you, your family, and guests can have the most fun. With a couple simple modifications, as well as some home decor and kitchen gadgets from The Lakeside Collection, you'll be on your way to making your kitchen a more inviting place.