The kitchen – it’s a multi-functional room. It’s a place to cook and prepare food, but it’s also a place to entertain – so when planning out a kitchen re-vamp, you need to find the right balance of work and play. You need to provide yourself with the work space to make your morning tea or coffee, put together those packed lunches, and slave away over a gorgeous dinner. But you also want to make it a social area, as the kitchen can often act as a house’s social hub; even more so than the living room. Whether the family is eating breakfast together in the morning, or your mate has just popped over for a coffee, or you’re enjoying a meal in the evening, the kitchen is a very practical place to talk and socialise – whether you’re standing or sitting down.
Take the weight off your feet
Breakfast bars are a great way to add some seating into a cramped kitchen area. Essentially a worktop with some stools tucked away underneath it, the breakfast bar doesn’t get in the way. In fact, it provides extra work space for when you’re slaving away in the kitchen; laying out plates, ready to dish up but struggling for room. Bar stools are perfect for taking the weight off your feet when eating, drinking or chatting – whether alone, with your family, or with a friend.
Add your own style
Once you’ve got the layout of your kitchen perfectly tailored for your needs – a blend of practical and social – it’s time to stamp some character and personality into it, by applying the wall and floor coverings. Tiles are the perfect choose when it comes to decorating a kitchen. With thousands of different colours and styles to choose from, there’s a design for everyone! They’re extremely affordable, very easy to install, last a lifetime (often adding value to your home) and they wipe clean – perfect for those common kitchen splashes and spills. Check out our Top 10 Kitchen Looks! These Victorian Unglazed Hexagon Tiles are a great choice, too:
Create a splashback
One of the messiest places in the kitchen is that spot behind the hob. That area of wall space that gets bombarded with specks of hissing fat from the frying pan. A splashback is an absolute must! What is a splashback? It’s an area of easily-wipeable material, unaffected by heat, that stands behind the hob and catches all the dirty, greasy debris. You can buy a glass splashback with matching upstands. But they tend to be a little on the pricey side, and they can look fairly plain. A better alternative is to use tiles. They look much more stylish, and cost a lot less. Most tiles will be suitable to use, but if you’re unsure, just ask a Walls and Floors expert! Metro Tiles make for great splashbacks:
Once you’ve gotten the design of your kitchen right – with a good amount of work space, a place to sit for you and your guests, and some stylish tiles in place, you’ve got the heart of your home beating! Enjoy it! Make use of the space, and cook more extravagant and challenging meals. Use the extra seating – socialise. Show off your new look to your friends and family. Show us your kitchen transformations on Facebook, twitter or Google+. We’d love to see them!
Article by Callum Chester.
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