Tips You Can Use To Design A Family Friendly Kitchen

July 24, 2016

The kitchen represents so many things in a home. It is not just where food is prepared. It is often where families gather at the beginning and end of a day, it ss where entertaining happens, and where homework is done.

Because of the importance of the kitchen, both in terms of design and functionality, it is also one of the primary places people decide to put their time, effort and money during a renovation.

The goal of a good kitchen design is to pair stylishness and beauty with lifestyle compatibility. For moms and families with children, that sense of compatibility includes a design that is kid-friendly. When you hear the phrase kid-friendly it may not evoke images of a luxury kitchen design, but the two terms do not have to be mutually exclusive.

The following are some tips you can use to get a kitchen that is ready for family use and also aesthetically appealing:

Quartz Countertops

If you are designing a kid-friendly kitchen that is also worthy of all your Pinterest dreams, think about a quartz countertop as your primary surface. Quartz is a great option, because it is durable, not as porous as natural stone, and it is going to be more damage and stain resistant.

Quartz is also excellent, since it is incredibly versatile. You can go for beautiful solid colors or even patterns that mimic granite, without the price tag and maintenance challenges of stone.

Hidden Storage

When you have kids, one of the primary concerns is probably kitchen storage. From all the snacks to the plastic plates and cutlery, you will need a place to put these items and incorporating out-of-sight storage into your design is going to help your kitchen retain a modern, streamlined appearance.

When planning storage, more tends to be better, so try to include it in as many places as you can. Most homeowners will never regret adding more storage. When designing storage, try to make it as accessible for your little ones as you can.

Incorporate lower-level shelves and drawers, where they can get their own snacks and supplies. Not only will it simplify your life, but it will also teach them to be more self sufficient.

Open Sightlines

If you are doing a full kitchen remodel, it can be a very good time to consider opening up your existing floorplan. An open floorplan can be ideal, not only from a style standpoint, but it can also make it easier to see the kids when they are playing in another room if you are in the kitchen.

Open sightlines can give a lot of peace of mind and it can also improve the resale value of your home. Hiring a great contractor can be a good way to bring your floorplan vision to life and help you avoid costly mistakes.

Add A Multi-Purpose Island

If you have the space and option to add an island, it can be invaluable for a family-friendly kitchen design. Try to incorporate multi-purpose areas into one island. For example, one end can be used for food prep and may have electrical outlets and a small sink, while the other end of the island could include room for eating and doing homework.

Having kids does not mean you cannot have a beautiful kitchen as well, particularly if you do some careful planning to accommodate the needs of your family not only presently, but also into the future!

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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