May's #FeatureFri guest post is brought to you by Adam Maidment from premium kitchen appliance provider Britannia Living. In this post they share five top tips to help you maximise the potential of your kitchen and ultimately transform your whole property.
It's no secret that the kitchen is the hub of all activity when it comes to our home. The 2016 Houzz Kitchen Trends Study found that 60% of UK homeowners now spend three hours or more in the kitchen on a daily basis.
Whether you're looking to rent or sell a property, the kitchen makes a big impact on the final buying decision and having that 'ultimate' kitchen is essential. With this in mind, we've taken a look into how you can have that perfect kitchen that will be desired by all.
Kitchens Are for Living
Kitchens have become living spaces with just as much, if not more, time spent in the kitchen doing things not associated with cooking. The Houzz Kitchen Trends study found that 48% of those surveyed now use the kitchen for entertaining and 44% for socialising.
Having a social kitchen isn't just limited to those with the space to spread out. If you are limited on space in your kitchen and don't have the room to go wild with seating options, keeping things open is a great alternative. Open spaces will encourage socialisation, whilst an open plan layout will mean that people can relax in the living room whilst still being able to communicate and get involved with those in the kitchen.
If it's an option, kitchen islands and breakfast bars will help you go that extra step towards the ultimate social space.
Get Inspired with Light
Is your kitchen space making the most out of interior and exterior lighting? The right lighting in your kitchen will make the difference between a dull working space and somewhere the entire family wants to spend time - get the balance right and you're onto a winner.
Having recessed lighting and under-furniture lighting in your kitchen can be a great option for setting the mood for different occasions. Try to incorporate natural light into your kitchen as much as possible - those with limited natural light and window space, make sure that you're not obstructing your windows with various ornaments and knick-knacks as this will only block light out.
It's Time to Get Colourful
Use the right colours and your kitchen will be brought to life. Pantone's official colours for the kitchen in 2016 are Serenity, a cool blue, and Rose Quartz, as both help to create a warm and inviting space for not only those who live in the house, but also those who visit.
Whether it's a statement backsplash, glossy cabinets or even natural shades, use colour to your benefit and find the right colour palette that works for your kitchen. You'll be amazed at the impact it has.
Get Rid of the Clutter
It's time to get rid of all things unnecessary in order to create a relaxed kitchen environment, as nobody wants to spend time in a place that's full of clutter and mess.
Get the most out of your kitchen by utilising your storage space - invest in shelves, islands and cupboards that will blend into the room without standing out too much and think creatively about how you can store items. Pull out storage units are a great option for keeping your kitchen tools hidden away and are perfect for smaller kitchens as they'll make the most out of your limited space.
Get clever with your storage and you'll find that you're able to keep hold of the tools and gadgets you need whilst still having an organised kitchen space.
Back to the Future
Technology in the kitchen is getting bigger and braver, and if you're looking for a fun way to transform your property then incorporating this into your kitchen is a good suggestion. The kitchen is the perfect space to get creative when it comes to technology, as there are a number of different gadgets and gizmos out there that can not only help you when it comes to cooking but also when you're socialising.
Coffee makers are relatively cheap these days, as are the likes of blenders and food processors, and having advanced, futuristic looking products in your kitchen will not only make for a great talking point with guests but it'll also help make your property stand out from the rest.
Kitchens are nowadays more than just a place to cook, they're a place for living and socialising in. Whether it's to make your property more lucrative to prospective buyers or even when it comes to a property you're eyeing up yourself, focus on the social aspect of the kitchen and you'll discover just how much it can transform your property.
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