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Who says that a kitchen is only a place for cooking and eating? Today the boundaries between the dining room, living room and kitchen are becoming blurred. People assemble in the family kitchen to eat together and chat. Follow these tips to make your kitchen an even better gathering place for children and entertaining guests.
1. Create spots where you can be together
The days are gone where only the women would be seen in the kitchen. The modern family kitchen sees children or friends sitting alongside the benchtop, chatting with the person cooking and sometimes even getting involved. Chairs with cushions or a padded bench make an inviting place to linger and create a cosy kitchen – even kids will be happy to stay sitting at the table for longer. If the space is big enough, you could have a breakfast bar with bar stools connecting the kitchen and living area.
2. Think about the left-handers in your family
Is anyone in your family left-handed? Then you’ll usually rinse things with your left hand while holding things in your right. In that case, for ergonomic reasons, it’s best to opt for a sink with the bowl on the left and the drainer on the right. It’s also possible to compromise: choose a kitchen mixer tap with the control lever mounted in the middle, instead of on the left or right.
3. Relax while cooking thanks to child safety features
Children always want to be where things are happening. Of course, you can only really relax while cooking if you’re not constantly having to keep an eye on your little ones. Safety devices for doors and drawers ensure that your child can’t get at hot pans or hazardous equipment. Dangerous objects like knives, scissors and cleaning products can also be kept out of their reach.
4. Mix colours and styles
A family kitchen should be homely and full of life. Why not introduce a bit of colour with cushions or curtains? A coloured ceramic designer sink provides beautiful accents and makes the place where you prepare meals a real stand-out feature. Alternatively, you could arrange some favourite pieces on an open kitchen shelf.
5. Ensure ergonomic comfort
Having a feel-good kitchen for the whole family is all about ergonomic comfort. This doesn’t just mean that it’s easy on your muscles. A sensible layout for the working areas and an ergonomic working and installation height for the sink, cabinets and appliances will save you lots of time, create more room and cut down on the amount of movement across the kitchen.