A family kitchen is a multifunctional hub and the heart of the home, where meals are shared and memories are made. It has to be warm and welcoming, accommodating and must meet the needs of the family.
Family sized kitchens need a generous amount of space for islands, energy efficient appliances because a family kitchen is in use almost all the time, and some warm and welcoming colors.
The cost of family sized kitchens varies with the size, the appliances and materials that you need. A new kitchen would cost approximately 3-5% of the value of the house and will provide more return value than that.
Following design ideas will help you pick the most suitable kitchen layout and interior design for your family kitchen:
1. Opt for Open Plan
Open plan layout is a popular choice for family sized kitchens. It is a practical, and family friendly option that has a great return value! You can work while keeping an eye on the children or just keep company to your family while working. Open plan kitchens are a delight to work in because there is more space to move around and they have an overall relaxing aura!
2. Central Island
Central islands are key for family sized kitchens. Islands increase extra storage and work-space and allow you to hang out with your family. Consider an island with lower cabinets so you can use it as extra storage space and avoid clutter in the kitchen.
A breakfast bar can be added to the island to make it more family-friendly and you can work while spending time with your family. To make things more easier, you can add a functional mini-sink and stove to the island as well!
3. Add A Pantry
Pantries are a must have for family kitchens. If you are designing a kitchen for a family one of the key things to remember is that you need all the storage space you can get. No amount of space will be enough when you are making meals for a family everyday. Adding a pantry will be really helpful in organizing things and keeping your kitchen clean and clutter free!
4. Clever Cut Kitchen
If you don’t want to go for an open plan kitchen while still wanting to keep it more interactive with family and friends, you can always for a cut-out between the kitchen and the living/dining room. Cut-out kitchens are getting really popular among families lately and come with a great return value.
5. Window Seat
If you have a bay window in your kitchen, you can take full advantage of the refreshing view by adding a window seat to it. It doesn’t get more cozy than this! You can keep your dining table closer to the window for a more pleasant family time. They are a delight for breakfast time with all that natural light pouring in, or a relaxing coffee in the cold weather!
6. Open Shelves
Open shelves are both a style statement, and an excellent storage space. You can use them to flaunt your collection of utensils, centerpieces or even little indoor plants to keep the atmosphere of the kitchen fresh! Open shelves add extra space with the cabinets and help keep things organised and easily reachable.
7. Fuss-Free Countertop Surface
When large meals are made or children are involved, things can get chaotic pretty quick. You will definitely want to avoid fingerprints and smudges on your countertops. Try avoiding glossy surfaces and shift to matte finishes. Or if you want to keep things even more simple you can always use a textured surface like wood. Look for durable materials that are stain resistant like corian or quartz.
8. Hard-Wearing Floors
Family kitchens are the busiest part of the house and have alot of foot traffic. It’s wise to opt for hard wearing floors like ceramic, concrete or porcelain because they are easy to maintain and don’t get damage too easily! Stains and spills are a constant for floors when children are involved, and these flooring options are easier to clean and hard to stain!
9. Study Area
If you have kids, you might want to keep an eye on them while working. The perfect way to do this is by including a study area in the kitchen. If you have ample space, pick a corner and add a little table and comfortable seat to it for your kids to study or work while you are busy in the kitchen.
10. Entertainment Hub
If you have enough space, you can add a few comfortable seats and couches to the kitchen on one side with a round table which can be used for some quality family time or spend time with your guests while you’re working.
Family sized kitchens are characterized by utilizing maximum space and adding maximum functionality. You will need lots of storage space and entertainment area and you can use our ideas to get both!