After your living room, the next room you’re most likely going to pay attention to is the kitchen. It will be the busiest place in the house at mealtime, and you need to make sure that you plan it in a way that will make it comfortable for those working there and the rest of the family. Of course, this will start with the kind of kitchen that your home has. If it is an open floor kind of kitchen where everyone can sit around, that is a great starting point. However, the tips shared will attempt to cover all kinds of kitchens as much as possible.
Space And Surface
The one thing that you should be biased with when furnishing your kitchen is the space and the nature of the surface that you’re going to have in there. There is this notion that you should not have too much counter space. But, that should not be your concern at the time. There is nothing like too much counter space. The more, the merrier. Also, make sure that you choose a countertop material that is easy for you to clean and one that will look great for a long time to come. Granite is a great starting point since it is strong and durable, and also easy to clean.
If space is a priority, then consider longer dining tables. Rustic wood slab tables, also known as live edge dining tables, are becoming very popular. You can realistically expect to spend around $6000 for an 8ft long table. Other companies like Emfurn’s live edge table start at $4500.
You will have quite some items that will need safekeeping to maintain sanity and neatness in your kitchen. In most instances, you will go with the overhead cabinets, which most people will opt for. It is not a bad idea. A quick tip here, make sure they touch the ceiling. The last thing you want is to have another hard place to clean. And, if they don’t, you will have wasted that space.
Alternatively, you could go for a more modern vertical wall storage. No cabinets here. Just rods, magnets, and hooks. It is messier but with the right arrangement, and it can have an excellent flow to it. It helps you keep everything within reach, and at the same time, you make maximum use of the wall.
Keep It Friendly
When you’re stuck in the kitchen and others are catching up in the living room, you can feel left out, and in some instances, the same effect can be on the rest of the family. If possible, have some space left out where you can place a table and chairs. Call it a small ‘island’ where the family can sit around and help you out or catch a meal as you get busy in the kitchen; you must ensure that in such an instance, you keep the table in an area that is far away from the cooking areas or from kitchen appliances that can be hazardous. As much as you want them close, you also want them safe.
Also, when organizing and planning what you would like to have for your kitchen, it is vital that you also consider the flooring. It is good to find a material that is not slippery, especially when there is water on it. You will need to clean a lot, and having a wet floor could be a real risk to you and other family members.