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These Kitchen Designs Create The Perfect Working Space For The Modern Family

The kitchen has become a place to work, cook, laugh and be together – here is how to make your space extra family-friendly …

Versatility is a key factor for most families when looking at a kitchen redesign. As our family grows the kitchen space can be used differently but the core uses of gathering and entertaining remain the same over time. The first step is making sure that durability, functionality and aesthetic combine to create a suitable space for all your family’s needs. While there is often more emphasis on durability when the little ones are small – a clever kitchen design will see you through far into the future. Family style features like an abundance of storage, open spaces, functional flooring and smart appliances can make life easier, fun and functional – while making mornings and mealtimes run more smoothly!

PLAN AROUND FAMILY LIFE

Space is vital when you are a family who likes entertaining and being together – especially when there is a lot of you. This kitchen was designed to become the hub of a newly extended home in Ratoath. The generous island creates a place for the family to gather together morning, noon and night and makes having guests over seamless. The prep area is generous allowing the whole family to get involved in the cooking and baking. Not to mention the ample space for homework-helping as someone else can be preparing a meal. www.jdkitchens.ie

ACCESSIBLE STORAGE

Tall cabinetry is a great touch to hide what need not be found by little hands (ie your treats!) but an open pantry or cabinet is always helpful for family life. Whether a quick snack is needed after school or during homework – having your stock accessible and visible is helpful for all age groups. www.oconnorsofdrumleck.ie

BENCH OR BANQUET SEATING

It is an automatic response to sit down when you are presented with a bench or a banquet bench, isn’t it? Incorporating one into your family’s kitchen means gathering and spending time together is inevitable and comes naturally. Banquet seating can also be used for handy storage. www.devolkitchens.co.uk

MATTE FINISH 

Enjoy a finish without fingerprints – those little mittens just cannot help themselves. Matte finishes on kitchen cabinetry or all cabinetry for that matter, helps to leave no trace. Matte materials are more resistant to fingerprints and stains than glossy finishes. It also reflects little to no light and so the fingerprints won’t be seen, even if they are there! www.cashandcarrykitchens.ie

INCORPORATE THE OUTDOORS

Opening up the kitchen to the outdoors or bringing nature inside is seriously beneficial for a harmonious family life. Having easy access to the garden is important for both you and the children, especially in smaller spaces. www.devolkitchens.co.uk

FUNCTIONAL FLOORING 

Our floors don’t get enough credit. They put up with the dirt, kicks, knocks, fights, spillages and more that comes with having a family and we expect them to withstand it all. Flooring is a seriously important element to consider when thinking about a family-friendly kitchen. Natural stone flooring can be a very forgiving floor covering if the right stone and finish are chosen. Some stones will be denser, providing more durability. A tumbled finish not only provides an aged look but also forgives the wear and tear and spills of family life. A smart choice. www.borderoak.com

NOTICE BOARD 

Family life is full of reminders and the kitchen is where to get clued in. A chalkboard, corkboard or magnetic board are all perfect for keeping you all up to date. Ikea have epic ones. @neptunehomeofficial  www.ikea.com

Or put it in the counter…www.c2-architecture.com

HELPFUL APPLIANCES

A Siemens Warming Drawer is perfect for keeping food, drinks and dishes evenly warm at temperatures between 30°C and 80°C. If a family member is late home from their evening training, work or any sort of event that crops up in their day – a warming drawer is perfect for keeping their meal heated before they get home. www.siemens-home.bsh-group.com

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