You use it every day, so why not make sure that your kitchen is being used to its fullest potential? Whether you’re an interior trend follower or fiend, there are five essentials that every kitchen have, that can be incorporated in any design aesthetic.
A Bit Of Space
Every kitchen is made for one thing: cooking, unless you’re Carrie Bradshaw (who stores her jumpers in her oven), so it’s imperative that you have enough space for preparing food, plating and storing pots and pans. You don’t need to have metres of countertop space, but you should make sure you have enough storage and countertop space to stop you from running out of cooking space. Emily Ayers from Service.com.au offers her advice for the perfect kitchen. “Storage is often forgotten in the kitchen design process. Make sure you have ample space for cutlery, containers, pots, pans and anything else you may need. If you have crystal or glassware you want to display, you might want to consider installing open shelving. Storage area can greatly increase accessibility and convenience, especially if you spend a lot of time cooking in the kitchen!” Find out more tips from Service by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
Easy To Clean Tiles
Let’s face it, cooking is messy. We all have those days where our food doesn’t go exactly to plan, and you somehow end up with pasta sauce on the ceiling. We’re never sure how it happens, but if you have easy-to-clean tiles, you can pretend that those accidents never happened. Christopher Gyzemyter, owner of CG Design Studio has the perfect solution for those who need a tile makeover, “Glass splashbacks are definitely a thing of the past, and really not as practical as they may first appear. My advice is to go bold and use a tile that adds life and personality to your kitchen. There are more and more fabulous tile companies around now.” Get inspired by following CG Design Studio on Facebook and Instagram,
A Bit Of Green
It’s no surprise that we should be eating a lot of fruit and veggies, but have you thought about growing them yourself? It sounds great, but sometimes you don’t have the time or space to have your own veggie patch. Instead of owning acres of veggie patches, you can grow one in your own kitchen! Windowsill gardens are easy to begin and maintain, and you’ll supply yourself with tasty, beautiful herbs all year around. Not only do they help you out with your eating habits, gardening (even if it’s just on your windowsill) can help reduce stress and makes your kitchen look fresh and inviting. You could even lay down some artificial grass along your windowsill can add life to a minimal kitchen. What’s not to love?
Drinks On Tap
Okay, so you don’t need to make a bar in your kitchen, but you should have a fridge that’s dedicated to beverages, so you don’t run out of space for your food. They don’t necessarily have to be located in your kitchen, but keeping a spare fridge in your home is a great way to stay stocked up on your favourite beverages.
Elements Of You
No kitchen is complete with a touch of your own personality. You can take pages out from magazines and keep inspiration boards, but copy and paste designs can only look boring. Zest up designs with a splash of you in it, whether that be by adding a bright pink fridge in your kitchen, hanging a large gold pendant light above the kitchen island, whatever! It’s important to remember that this is your kitchen, no one else’s.
Your kitchen is used a lot, so make sure it has the essentials so you can make use of every aspect!
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