The kitchen for family cooks and keen cuisiniers is the heart and soul of the home. Having it organized and decorated to suit your lifestyle is the key to making it run smoothly when preparing those tasty treats for your dinner party or date! Furnishing it for keeping the clutter at bay will make food preparation run much more smoothly and your experience in the kitchen will be a much more enjoyable one. You don’t have to go out and buy a whole new kitchen, but giving it a fresh lease of life with a bit of a tidy and maybe a splash of paint will do your kitchen wonders!
- Keeping the kitchen free of clutter, and easy to clean will make it much easier and healthier to work in. If you have little room in your house for paper work and are using your kitchen workspaces as a study as well, consider putting up some shelving and some storage to put it away in when you need to cook. Sending back official files, forms and letters covered in cake batter will not look professional and you may lose out on that job opportunity as a result.
- Get rid of clutter and things you don’t use. Get some extra cash in for selling that waffle maker you only used for the first week, and use it to get a fresh lick of paint on your walls to brighten up your work space. Have a look through your cupboards and stack up boxes and separate all your plates and crockery into organized piles and get rid of all of the things you never use, throw out the chipped mugs and cracked plates you don’t use.
- When choosing a color for your kitchen go for bright and fresh colors, lemon yellow is always a fruity and fresh color whilst green walls and white fittings will keep your head cool during those tense moments of trying to stiffen your meringues! Avoid white walls as generally it tends to go a bit yellow and specks of food stain it much more easily than other colors, however white can be used on areas that aren’t too close to the preparation areas. If your home has a particular color scheme, try and continue this in the kitchen. If your entire house is yellow and white themed for example, it may be more uniform to keep your kitchen on a similar pattern, as having a bright pink kitchen may seem a bit strange!
- When it comes to work surfaces, it really depends on how much time you have to put in maintenance work. You have to be careful when using plastic work surfaces as you cannot put hot pans or trays on them without marking them permanently. Likewise, if you want wooden work benches, they will require re-varnishing every 4-6 months. The safest option is marble or stone surfacing, however this is a very expensive option. The only maintenance it requires is a quick wipe-down when you’ve finished working with it.
- Finally, add some exciting ornaments to your kitchen. Find quirky knife racks, or maybe just one big really impressive landscape photo will draw the eye and give your guests something to talk about. A large clock can be very useful for timing all of your food, however these days, most ovens come with timers to warn you when your food is ready. So get creative, just make sure any ornamental pieces you select don’t get in the way or pose a fire risk!