Kitchens aren’t just functional spaces to prepare food – they’re social places, too. In a recent article, Apartment Therapy listed “socializing” as the #1 most important purpose of a kitchen. So how can you turn your kitchen into a welcoming, friendly space?
First things first: you should be able to fit several people in your kitchen! A tiny galley kitchen is cute when you get your first apartment – but it’s not enough for a family, or a thriving circle of friends. If your kitchen really is too small to entertain, then try to set aside another space in the house for dining and socializing.
You can design to maximize kitchen space, too. Kitchen islands make it easy for people to hang out and prepare food together, without having to navigate around awkward chairs and tables. Use tasteful storage and custom cabinets to keep the kitchen surfaces tidy and maximize floorspace.
The kitchen is one room which always needs good lighting. For a start, you need to be able to see what you’re cooking! There’s nothing more classic than a big, picture window above the kitchen sink, or a nice, sunny view where people sit down to eat.
Cool in the summer, cozy in winter. The kitchen should be a pleasant place to hang out – and if people are freezing or baking, that just won’t happen!
If you live somewhere cold, then consider investing in a kitchen range like an Aga, which keeps the kitchen heated even on the chilliest days. For hot locations, make sure you have a good AC unit, and a powerful fan over the stove.
OK, so fresh flowers are a little luxury. But they really do make a space seem bright, cared-for, and friendly. You can choose different flowers for different seasons, or fill the kitchen with your favorite scent.
Don’t forget that the key to friendly kitchen is the atmosphere inside it. If you are happy and ready to receive guests, then your kitchen will always feel like the most welcoming place in the world.