How can we prepare our kitchens for our future social lives?
Today it’s absolutely second nature to consider the kitchen as the social centre of the home. However, it’s only been in the last few decades that the kitchen has evolved from a place of all work and no play to an area the entire family can enjoy. Once completely separate from the home and then the hyper-functional domain of the wife and mother, the kitchen has evolved along with our varied family dynamics.
Today, the kitchen is most definitely a multi-purpose social space that everyone can enjoy, but with the evolution families, living styles and smart home technologies, it will only continue to evolve as well. So, here’s how to prepare your social kitchen space for today, and tomorrow.
Get open (and open-minded)
Times, they are a changing, and so are kitchen layouts. The best social kitchen space is the one that opens out into the living space. Using continuous décor cues like wall colour, hardwood flooring, or cabinetry styles, you can easily make both your living room and kitchen feel like one and the same. However, why not consider other open concept layouts as well? A kitchen that opens up to a patio living space via floor to ceiling windows is a great way to make the most of outdoor entertaining. To make the transition seamless, outfit the living space with luxe furniture in the same style as the kitchen.
Create a space to work and play
Though the kitchen is increasingly a social haven, it is first and foremost a place for preparing our daily meals. To make the space efficient for both, adhere to the classic horseshoe-shape layout. This social kitchen space features 3 sides with a major appliance on each, and a kitchen island in the middle. The island is the ideal area to welcome those who wish to hang out, all the while being an effective area to cook. Regardless of your kitchen’s size, an island, outfitted with bar seating, will be a natural area for people to congregate and have a good time while meals are being prepared.
With digital media imbuing every aspect of our lives already, it’s no wonder that technology and kitchen appliance brands alike are joining forces to develop smart homes that will make daily life more connected, and more social than ever before. In the kitchen, that means we are seeing more connected appliances aimed at making daily chores much more streamlined. Grundig HomeWhiz for example, allows you to manage connected appliances as an app on your smartphone, tablet, or smart TV. Dinner can be started while on the road, the dishwasher can be turned on when you are in the middle of a movie. In other words, the social kitchen space allows you to focus on what matters most.
Now, that’s evolution.