Will your kitchen be a space for entertaining or a family hangout? Do you view cooking as a chore or an adventure? Does your kitchen have to serve as a multifunctional space for kids and adults alike, or are you designing for an empty nest?
To help homeowners answer these kinds of questions, we’ve come up with five family “archetypes.” For each one, we’ve included a handful of design ideas and products to consider.
Read Below To Decide Which One You Are. (Feel Like You’re A Blend Of Several Different Ones? No Problem! Mix And Match Design And Product Ideas To Serve Your Needs.)
The Happy Host
You love to entertain and you love to feed your guests. Sometimes it’s planned. Other times, it’s impromptu. A highly organized, flexible space where you can both work and play is essential. You need clever solutions for easily storing all those dishes, fun pieces of servingware, and sets of cutlery. Because no guest should stay hungry for too long.
This is a cook’s kitchen through and through, designed for testing recipes and having multiple dishes going at once. Workspace and efficient use of appliances is everything. You don’t mind a mess, but you’re in search of ingenious ideas for keeping ingredients, prep ware, and cookware equally accessible. It doesn’t hurt if clean-up is a snap too.
You binge-watch all the baking shows and love nothing more than practicing your own baking skills in the kitchen. Tins, trays, molds, pans, spices, spatulas: they are all tools of the trade and you need easy access (because you may not be able to look away from stirring the melting chocolate). Whether you’re rolling out a pastry crust or mixing up a three-layer cake, you need a space that helps you get your creations in and out of the oven, decorated, and enjoyed by your biggest fans.
Most days, cooking feels like a sprint to the finish line. The leisurely days of flipping through recipes have been replaced by trying to feed your crew and clean up after them as efficiently as possible. You still want a kitchen that looks great. But function is always top of mind. No drawer can be wasted. No cabinet can be cluttered. You need a hardworking, purposeful space that makes your life easier.
Meals aren’t just meals. They are come-together time. Cook-together time. Learn-together time. Your kitchen is a true family space, and needs to work for both little hands and big hands. You need ample preparation surfaces, no-nonsense storage solutions, easy access to snacks, and a great clean-up zone for the inevitable messes of life.