is Your Kitchen Design A Great Social Space?

Kitchen designs

by Sharon Maher on November 24, 2013

in Home & Garden, Kitchen

A kitchen design today is not just based on a place to cook, but also on an area tailored for socialising and even partying. It’s an exciting living space offering endless hours of enjoyment to suit your 21st century living. 


This means that a kitchen design cannot be based only around a simple kitchen space, it also needs to be designed with additional living space in mind and be perfectly functional for impromptu demands.

Kitchen ideas

For most modern kitchens, if there is space, the main feature is a central island. This gives the kitchen a focal point and encourages friends to collect together for a glass of chilled wine at an informal supper party.   If the kitchen is in the correct position then another fabulous modern kitchen design is bi-fold doors opening on to the garden and giving pleasant views and easy access to the garden for a summer barbecue party.

kitchen design detail

Kitchens now have a more contemporary feel, with light walls and flooring, and clean lines. Polish, concrete, wood or granite seem to be very much in vogue for work surfaces and large ceramic tiles for floors. Thereare lots of kitchen styles from wood, gloss or matt, with handles or knobs in brush steel. If the space is small the use of large mirrors walls, mirrored cupboard doors or light tiles will bring more depth to the room.

There are lots of brilliant kitchen appliances on the market to make cooking more interesting from induction woks, automatic coffee machines to steam ovens. Sub zero appliances are ultimate in design though, much more expensive.

Kitchens are expensive so the time spent on the design is worth it, because, if designed well, a kitchen will make an enormous different to the way you live. Kitchens need to be well organised and clutter free, so time should be taken during the design process to cover storage, lighting and layout. A good design will not only be ergonomically sound but will suit your overall lifestyle, making the kitchen a pleasant place to spend time, and not a chore.

Some of the simplest design ideas can ensure a perfect working space.  Bow fronted designs will allow everything to be seen in the cupboard, curved carousels are ideal for storage, round edges stop any sharpness, and lit plinths will give cabinets a floating effect. Illuminated shelves are excellent to highlight kitchen accessories and to add light to dark corners, and drawer management systems are good for organising storage.

If a television is required, a plasma wall mounted set should be considered.  Plus do add lots of electrical sockets.

For a one stop kitchen solution John Lewis kitchens is perfect, with fabulous up to the minute designs to fit the space, reliable quality and real value for money. There is a wide range of distinctive styles and high-quality materials, supported by expert planning and fitting. Your old kitchen will be removed and a new one fitted, with plumbing, electrics and gas connections carried out by accredited technicians, with a full range of electrical and built-in appliances available. Finally each kitchen comes with a five- year guarantee.

 

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Sharon Maher is a wedding and party planner, event venue stylist and also writes the blogs Norah Sleep Wedding Style, Norah Sleep Living Style and My Wedding Marquee about weddings, food, fashion, style and things that inspire her in life. Find her on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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