Kitchen Design / October 8, 2018 / Giuliana Bundy.
A kitchen is a beautiful place, full of warmth, creativity, enticing smells, and delectable treats. It’s no wonder that people tend to gravitate towards this space as a kind of social center within the home. However some kitchens are more welcoming than others, and there are some steps that you can take actually to increase the open nature of this space. In this way, you can create a room which brings people together, letting them take part in the act of cooking as more than just a functional necessity, but as an interactive communal activity, that can make everyone in the home closer.
The first thing that you should do is ensure that the flow into and out of the kitchen is smooth and natural. You don’t want large obstructions blocking any of the entryways, and in general, the center of the space should be left unoccupied to allow smooth movement throughout the area. As important for the
functional ability of the chef, as it is to make space seem open to people stepping in and stopping by.
The way you decorate the kitchen will determine the nature of the environment, and ultimately, the way people interact with space. Unfortunately, much room in the kitchen has to be sacrificed to ensure that your chef has everything necessary to perform their culinary tasks.
One place where you can have a reasonably free hand to decorate in a kitchen is the walls. Aside from shelves or racks, which are relatively optional, the walls are free from cooking duties, and as such is a great place to express your decorative leanings.
To create a more welcoming kitchen, decorate your walls with pictures and portraits depicting comforting themes. Images of families, of friends, of parties and picnics, are all great themes to make the space more social. Another option is to use pictures of food, or original posters of different cafes and restaurants. By decorating with culinary themes, you can reinforce the thing that makes the kitchen so tempting in the first place.
Adding a table and chair set to space is another way to make this room seem more welcoming to the people in your home. Such an arrangement will give visitors a destination. Rather than being forced to wander through the kitchen, stumbling in and out of the chef’s way, people will be able to comfortably congregate, gathering around the table and engaging in social moments. The surface area will also provide a place for these visitors to participate, giving them room to help out with mixing, chopping, or stirring, depending on the inclinations of the culinary captain.
While a kitchen has to be inherently functional, it can also serve a dual purpose, acting as space where people can come together and enjoy one another’s company, while basking in the warm glow of good smells and luxurious tastes. Can be accomplished by arranging the space to increase the flow, decorating to improve comfort, and aside specifically for people to congregate and communicate.