Making your home both beautiful and practical when you have a family can be tough. You want to make it look good, but you also have to think about the fact that there are kids around. "Easily wipeable surface" isn't exactly the most stylish or sexy of phrases, but it's something you'll often find yourself looking for as a parent. Still, even though you need to look for practical solutions, you can still make your home beautiful. If you want to design a family kitchen, here are some of the essentials you need and how you can make sure they suit your tastes.
An Efficient Oven and Hob
When you're cooking meals for more than one or two people, you need to make sure your facilities are adequate. As well as cooking for your family, maybe you like to cook for dinner parties sometimes. Having an adequate oven and hob is essential to make cooking easier. Fortunately, if you're in the market for a new oven, you can find a huge range of styles and practical features. Whether you like something with a vintage feel or a sleek and modern chrome oven, you can find something you like. Making sure you have enough hobs is important too, whether you pick gas, electric or an induction hob.
A Large Sink
Doing the washing up or preparing vegetables is difficult if you don't have a lot of space to work with. A sink is an essential part of any kitchen, but for a family home, you need to make sure it's big enough. One option is to have a sink with two different bowls, or you could just choose a large, deep sink. You might consider a shiny stainless steel option like Astracast sinks, but there are other materials to consider. If you prefer, a glass sink can look smart, or you might want a ceramic sink for a kind of country home look.
A Big Enough Fridge
You obviously need to make sure you have enough storage for your food. It can be surprising how much food you need for a family of four or more. Anything that needs to go in the fridge could be in there for a while, so your refrigerator can quickly fill up. Choosing a large model with clever organisation is a good idea. You can get super modern fridges that even connect to your wireless internet connection. Or you might choose one with a vintage style, like a Smeg fridge.
Somewhere to Sit
If you have space, somewhere to sit in your kitchen is ideal for family time. The kids can sit there while you cook so you can keep an eye on them. And it's less formal than a dining room, so ideal for breakfast or weeknight dinner. In some homes, it's also the only place to sit and eat. You could choose a table and chairs or perhaps consider a breakfast bar or island.
Your family home can still look stylish if you think carefully about your choices. Kitchens are designed to be practical no matter what.