2020 has been a bit of a, well, different year so far. Lots of us have been in the house a lot more than usual, and have been using the time to make a start on those home improvements lists. Making changes to different rooms in the house is a great way to spend your time constructively, and there is no better room to begin with than the kitchen.
There are so many things you can do to refresh the kitchen. You can go with a complete remodelling or simply go with smaller changes to refresh the space. Both approaches work just as well as long as you have a list of ideas and tips.
MAKING THE KITCHEN WORK FOR YOUR FAMILY
One of the first things to consider is your kitchen layout. Today, kitchens have evolved far beyond their traditional purpose of being a place to cook. Now a multi-functional space, the heart of the home is a place for families to socialise; whether you’re sharing food, relaxing together after a long day or helping the kids with their homework. Having a central island or a designated seating area is the perfect way to create a child-friendly zone that will allow you to chat with your kids while you cook. Generally, open plan layouts work best in family oriented rooms, and allow for lots of separate ‘spaces’ while still keeping everyone together. Bear in mind that as a social space, kitchens can quickly become the messiest room in the house, and so a good kitchen bin is essential.
THINK ABOUT STORAGE
Another important area to consider is storage. With several mouths to feed, it’s easy for surfaces to become piled high with pots and pans. To clear the clutter and free up valuable space, you may want to think about investing in useful kitchen units, which incorporate great storage. This will help you to stay organised among the hustle and bustle of family life and generally make life that little bit easier. Having designated cabinets and drawers to hold kids supplies is also a great way to make day-to-day life run more smoothly. Keep your Brabantia kitchen bin nearby so you can easily clear out the cupboards when you have a spring clean.
SPEND VERSUS SAVE
Whether you are going for a whole new kitchen, or just an update of everyday items, such as a kettle, toaster, kitchen bin and funky accessories, always know when to save and when to splurge. People often spend more on splashbacks and worktops, but you can make some great savings on decorative items by checking out local selling pages, online auction sites and charity shops. Make sure you spend your hard earned cash on the really important items you will be using daily, such as your waste bin, your lighting and your seating options.
With some planning and clever spending, you can make a massive difference to the most important room in your house, whatever it’s size. Look out for bargains where you can, splash out on the things that really make a difference, and if you’re able to, do as much of the work as you can yourself. Not only will you save some money, but you’ll get a huge sense of achievement every time you walk in the room!