The kitchen’s role may fundamentally be practical, but any homeowner knows that it’s so much more than that. Indeed, in today’s age it can be considered something of the home’s hub; it’s where we prepare our morning coffee, socialize (if it’s open plan), and prepare our meals. Because of the importance, it’s worthwhile looking beyond the pure functionality of the space, and focus on the general ambiance. With a few slight alterations, you can greatly improve your enjoyment of the space. Here’s how you do it.
Light and Spacious
You won’t want to cook a meal, least of all spend some time hanging out, in a kitchen that’s dark and dingy, especially on those glorious spring and summer evenings. As such, it’s recommended that you find ways to make your kitchen as light and spacious as possible. It’s nearly always possible to get more natural light into a room. For the spaciousness side of things, take a look at decluttering. Our kitchens sometimes become multipurpose — they’re used to store odd bits and bobs and that are used for general household maintenance. You’ll enjoy it much more if you take the minimalist approach, and keep the area clear.
That natural light will do a world of good during the sunnier months of the year, but what about the darker, chillier months? For fall and winter, it’s all about creating an inviting atmosphere. And that begins with the lighting. If you’re relying on one, overly bright overhead light to illuminate the space, then look at switching things up. Under-cabinet lighting and dimmer lights will help to create that cozy atmosphere that we all need if we’re going to enjoy our kitchen space during the darker months.
Your kitchen might have the best modern decor, but it’ll count for little if there’s a layer of grime, dust, and grease covering the space. The kitchen is one of those areas where you really need to keep an eye on cleanliness; you just won’t enjoy cooking anywhere nearly as much if you’re dimly aware that the space and your cooking tools aren’t as clean as they should be. To keep your pots, pans, and utensils ultra-clean, take a look at using Lemi Shine — they’ll come out sparkling. For the kitchen in general, commit to wiping down surfaces after each time you cook, and also giving a deeper clean every so often. It’s the only way you’ll get rid of those crumbs and oil splashes that slowly build up over time.
Set the Tone
If people knew how much fun cooking could be, they’d do it a whole lot more. So make sure your kitchen is set up for a fun evening of cheffing. To do this, you can look at adding entertainment, such as speakers or a television. A glass of wine will also add significantly to your overall enjoyment. It’s all about setting the tone.
With the above tips, you’ll be ready to host and cook up a storm!