Once bashfully concealed, closed shut and separated from the rest of our houses. Treated solely as as a place for preparing food, cleaning and washing your dirty dishes.
Well, no wonder – designers used to focus on these aspects of your kitchen life. Typical kitchen furniture was nothing to write home about, and the appliances design was anything but to be desired.
For decades, architects and designers were giving kitchen the cold shoulder. You can notice that especially in the middle price range, aimed towards the masses. Of course, more pricy stuff was also more fancy, but that’s a standard for every aspect of life. Speaking of your average kitchen, it used to be a room that required little to no design, with all the efforts put into making it practical.
As time passed, kitchen became the heart of our homes. It gained a lot of exposure and care – and rightfully so. In a modern house, a kitchen is the focal point, around which all the life focuses and circles. It is no longer a sort of a technical room, where you do what you have to do, and leave as fast as possible, slamming the door shut, but instead it became an integral part of the house. No longer closed, usually designed without doors at all, or even as a part of the living room. Now the entire family can meet while preparing the food, given the amount of space it gained, and celebrate both cooking and eating.
Innovations at your doorsteps
Designers and architects seem to share our passion about the kitchen as a heart of every house.
Modern kitchens are rapidly becoming multi-purpose, modern areas, expressly integrated with the remaining rooms. Thanks to new technologies and solutions in interior design, applied in furniture production, preparing food is not only easy and pleasant, but also became an occasion for social meetings. Cooking is becoming widely considered a fun thing to do, and not simply a task. Modern appliances and tools, used in kitchen, not only make cooking faster, but above all else allow for it to be done in a clean and effective fashion. Cooking to show off, in front of your guests, can be used as a highlight of every party that you throw at your house!
Especially fairly new inventions in kitchen design, like kitchen islands or peninsulas, allow for such practices. Check out our remaining articles for awesome technical innovations, that will change your kitchen from plain to extravagant!
A well planned space
Back in the days, we cared very little about the aesthetics of the kitchen. All that designers cared about was for it not to be utterly repulsive, and to serve its role. While we agree that the practical side of your kitchen matters, we remind you not to forget about the looks! Nobody takes much joy from things they do not appreciate visually, so do not neglect your kitchens design!
Considering how important your kitchen is for the entire atmosphere of the house, the aesthetics should add to the overall style of your interiors. Nothing makes as much of an impression on your guests as a modern, well planned kitchen. As we already mentioned, you can incorporate it into your parties or everyday life. Whoever saw a flashy, open kitchen integrated with a living room, will tell you we are right. A quiet sit-down with a group of friends in a living room, suddenly gets renamed to a banquette. Just think about it.
Your mood depends on it
Looks and style aside, kitchen should reflect out habits and likings. Remember that the investment in a kitchen is an investment in our good frame of mind and comfort, considering that we spend most of the day in it – and maybe whole of it, if its an open one! New kitchen can be a pricy matter, so it’s worth it to think about everything, before we start remodeling it. We have to state all our needs and requirements up front. Not only the ones tied to design, but also eating, cooking and storing.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Of course, not everyone sees his kitchen as the core of the entire house. Studies show that a lot depends on personal situation of the one asked. People that do not posses larger kitchens, and still use it the old-fashioned way, tend to underestimate the role of it in their everyday life. Be it as it may, people with large, glamorous kitchens admit it’s the heart of their houses.
Apart from the size of a kitchen, its the life style that has the biggest impact of kitchens importance in questioned peoples life.
People that enjoy cooking, obviously, say that they can’t live without their spacious kitchens. The same goes for big families that tend to celebrate shared meals and everything attached to them – such as choosing the food and preparing it. This remains true for the owners of all different kinds of kitchens, regardless of their style and size.
The conclusion is fairly obvious – majority of people agree that kitchen is the heart of their homes.
However, some underestimate its value
As we mentioned before, there are still people who regard kitchen as a room designed for the sole purpose of preparing their food. If you are one of them, let us give you some ideas of improving it. We are sure that if you try them out, you are going to completely change your mind:
- Combine it with a dining room.
To change your thinking, change your house! How about breaking the wall that separates your kitchen from the dining room? We guarantee that it’s going to make your house gain a lot of space, and a modern look. On top of that, your kitchen will not longer simply be the place you periodically visit, before carrying your food to the dining room! It will be a part of it!
- Not sure about that? How about the living room?
Some modern houses do not even have dining rooms anyway. Connecting your kitchen and a living room into a wide, spacy universal room is the new thing. Not only will your kitchen gain a modern look from it, but your entire family can find a new way to socialize! No need to spread around the house. Now everyone can do his things, while staying together!
- Turn your kitchen into a party room!
The possibilities are endless, once you realize cooking is a lot of fun. If you have already broke down the wall separating it from the living room, one of the more popular options is installing a bar or a kitchen island. All you need now is a few stools and you can throw a party right where you cook! You are not going to tell me ever again that kitchen is an unimportant part of your house.
The value of it
Well, everything is fine and dandy, but then again, you could say you do not care enough about your kitchen to invest serious money into it. Granted, kitchen indeed is the most expensive room of our house to renew. Before you give up though, let me just tell you – the value of your house is going to skyrocket. Every realtor will tell you I am right about this. The price you are going to get when reselling your house greatly depends on its kitchen. The most important things are its location, size and style. If you’ve got an old-fashioned, dingy kitchen, you might have troubles finding a buyer anyway!
Believe me, I did not make this up. Some people hire specialists called home stagers, who renew their houses right before they get put up for sale. You know which room do they check first, when entering your house in search of things to improve? That’s right – the kitchen.
So fear not, if your money will not go to waste – in time, a modern kitchen will prove its worth!
Chasing the rabbit
Being aware of the imagination of kitchen designers, the trend will not stop any time soon. As the market realized the potential that lies within the kitchens, the chase has just begun – and if anything, it only gains strength. The life is changing, people have less free time than they used to. Hence, we have to look for new ways of combining our daily activities – and that’s where a modern kitchen really shines. Be it partying, working or hanging out with your family, you either have to choose what is more important for you and deal with the consequences, or you can use the newest inventions in interior design to accommodate for the changes.
It is not only our daily activities, that kitchen designers try to make easier for us. New kitchens are adjusted towards such trends as ecology – new dishwashers, ovens and refrigerators are being designed with that in mind. Higher efficiency, less pollution, utilizing the leftovers – all of that is being done with the purpose of satisfying both the ecologists and the more demanding customers. With that in mind, we can rest assured that we are not causing any problems to the environment by installing a modern, fancy looking kitchen. In fact, we are helping it!
This is just the beginning
Okay, so this is the end of this article. If you weren’t already a kitchen lover, we promised you to make you change your mind – and I hope we kept our word. If we did not succeed, maybe kitchens just aren’t your cup of tea. Is it really the end though?
Of course not! By reading this article, you have only just started the journey to making the kitchen a true heart of your home. If we managed to get your attention – don’t by shy and check out our other guides. Have fun, experiment, and one day we are sure everyone will turn an envious eye at the true gem of your home – your kitchen.