I’ve recently been writing about improving your storage space in cupboards and today’s organisational topic is the kitchen. Is your kitchen all about style or all about function? Believe it or not, style and function can work together. Here’s how you can craft a stylish, functional kitchen in your own home.
Cook Smarter, Not Harder
It’s all about working smarter, not harder, in the kitchen, and it all starts with the right tools. Sure, you might think your longstanding lineup of kitchen workhorses are up to snuff, but a few new additions may surprise you. For example, if you find that you cook a lot of rice dishes or paella to feed your family, consider buying a paella pan. This will make preparing the meal much easier, and less messier. Other kitchen tools that work wonders for families include crock pots, steamers, food processors and four-piece toaster ovens. Less time working in the kitchen means more time spent with your family. However…don’t collect or keep gadgets that you don’t use as that isn’t efficient for space, nor your wallet!
Design, Design, Design
If your kitchen is more retro, a design overhaul may be in order. When designing your kitchen, it is important to not only consider the style elements, but the floor plan and overall setup of the kitchen space, too. In fact, when remodelling your kitchen, the floor plan and design should be the first thing on your checklist.
There are a few design hacks that can actually make your kitchen space feel larger than it is. For example, sleek, not bulky appliances can give the kitchen area a streamlined look. Additionally, keeping the cook top and the oven in the same area can maximise counter top space. And another simple trick to to let in plenty of natural light and keep the colours in your kitchen light and neutral. Dark kitchen cabinets, floors, and other kitchen elements can make the space look smaller than it actually is. I’m currently prepping our kitchen for a small paint job…but being a blogger means that I’m also considering the colour of the wall with photos in mind! I wonder if ‘normal’ people do this?
With kids it is hard not to avoid a little chaos sometimes. If your kitchen cabinets and every secret-storage space is bursting with kitchen essentials, from pots and pans to plastic leftover containers, tame that chaos with a little organisation. First, pare down what you have in your kitchen; you might be surprised to find some things you haven’t seen in a few years tucked in the back of a drawer or pushed to the far corner of a kitchen cabinet. Decide what you’ll keep, donate or trash based on how much you use it, how special the item is to you, or if it serves a purpose in the kitchen. Your deep spring clean is a great time to reevaluate each item and decide if what was once used weekly is still needed or if your lifestyle has changed and you can let go of it.
Another way to stay organised is to keep your most-used items stored in direct sight. This doesn’t mean filling your valuable counter top space; instead, install stylish floating shelves or incorporate cabinets with glass doors to keep everything you use regularly in view and within an arm’s reach. Also, consider keeping similar items together and near to where they are used; cups near the sink, tinned tomatoes near the worktop you use for food prep.
Light It Up
Don’t underestimate the importance of good lighting in your kitchen. Not only can lighting be used to create your desired ambience, lighting is essential during the cooking process for food prep, cleanup ,and everything in between. Consider adding task lighting in frequently used areas like under the cabinets (I couldn’t live without this option now), over the kitchen island and over your sink so that you can see what you’re working on, whether it’s chopping veggies or washing dishes after dinner.
From using the right tools to designing a functional floor plan, these are the tips that can transform your kitchen into the most stylish and functional area of your home.