Kitchens have always been the hub of family life and most people remember the “good old days” around the kitchen table. Whether for breakfast, family dinners, tea, or dinner parties, a well-designed kitchen will be in the centre of activities.
Your kitchen is probably visited by more people than any other room in your house. In a sense, it makes a statement of who you are and sets the tone for the rest of the house. An elegant, well-organised kitchen makes entertaining a delight and draws the family together.
Apart from appearance, a kitchen needs to be functional and orderly. Whether it is large or small, a well-thought-out design will make it easier to find things, provide efficient storage space and make it a pleasure to prepare meals.
Whether you are planning a new kitchen or looking for ideas to upgrade your existing kitchen, here are some hints to help better organise your kitchen and to make it more classy, more functional and efficient and to utilise space better.
Kitchen worktops are probably the first thing anybody notices when they enter your kitchen. Are they elegant/fashionable/striking or dull? Are they orderly or cluttered? Are the surfaces spacious or cluttered?
Kitchen worktops are more than just surfaces on which to prepare food or store appliances. They can be a special display case to make a fashion statement. They are also the production line when preparing meals or snacks and a well-designed kitchen will make it easy to move from the one step to the next, without having to move everything out of the way and dig out the next appliance, or having to walk back-and-forth between storage and preparation areas.
Wide, attractive, stylish worktops are unbeatable for displaying your special crockery and appliances and keeping them handy for instant use. The more worktop space you have, the greater the pleasure of cooking and baking and for setting out the special preparation bowls, serving dishes, or special occasion serving platters.
New worktops will change the entire ambience of your kitchen. Depending on your preference and taste, at the top end of worktops, you have the choice of ultra-compact, solid surface, quartz, natural stone and wood surfaces in a multitude of colours, textures, finishes and accessories.