9 Things Every Family Kitchen Needs

9 Things Every Family Kitchen Needs

With the trend for open plan living showing no signs of slowing, our kitchens have well and truly cemented their place as the heart of the home. From food prep to dining to homework and relaxing, these days the kitchen is often the most lived in room of the house. If you are updating your kitchen and looking for ways to make it more family friendly, check out our list of 9 things every family kitchen needs…

  1. A hard-wearing work surface
    In a meticulous family kitchen you need a work surface that is attractive and tough. There are several options available in the market which are a cost-effective and popular choice with families. Integrate the sink in the right place and you have a perfect kitchen for those looking for a minimalist look.
  2. Sponge clean walls
    From food splatters to sticky fingers, kitchen walls can see a lot of action. Around food preparation areas wall tiles are a must. Around the rest of the kitchen opt for paints specially designed for kitchens as it will offer increased resistance to grease and stains and will also be tough enough to be wiped clean without damaging the paint surface.
  3. Having a great eating area
    An open plan living often tops the ‘must have’ list of many house buyers so creating an eating area within your kitchen makes sense. If your kitchen can already accommodate a dining table, great news, if, however, your kitchen is small and an extension isn’t on the agenda, look for other ways to make it into a more sociable space – for example, could you sacrifice counter space for having a breakfast bar? Kidsinkitchen
  4. Have the latest gadgets
    Updating your kitchen is the perfect time to add some up-to-date technology that are convenient and entertaining like cooking in a state-of-the-art hob and having an auto-clean chimney like what Kutchina offers.
  5. A place for the kids to play
    The great thing about a family kitchen is that it is a space where everybody can interact while doing their own thing. To encourage the kids to spend time in the kitchen (and to help keep the place organised), create a toy storage area – a few baskets will do, include tabletop games and craft stuff to encourage family friendly activities.
  6. Child locks
    Kitchens are full of hazards; asides from the risk of burns and scalds there are sharp knives, toxic substances and of course cupboards and drawers that can trap little fingers. Kitchen cupboards can hold a world of fascination to young children who would happily ditch the expensive toys in favour of a cupboard filled with window cleaner and furniture polish. To keep the little ones safe, be sure to install appropriate child locks on all cupboards and drawers and never leave a child unattended in the kitchen – better to be safe than sorry, right?
  7. Soft close cupboards and drawers
    Reduce the opportunity for door slamming with soft close cupboards and drawers! As well as no more slamming, the soft close action minimises the wear and tear on hinges.
  8. A family sized oven and hob
    For modern large families, opting for extra hobs is a great way to make cooking meals easier.

Have fun building or renovating!

5 Ideas Worth Stealing from Vintage Kitchens

We can never get enough of vintage interiors, especially kitchens. And although these spaces may look a little strange to us — after all, that’s what makes them so interesting — if you look closely enough, you might find a few ideas that are worth stealing for your own space.

Vintage Kitchen

This above kitchen is from a vintage ad from 1955. The curtains and wood paneling seem a bit outdated, but the two-tone upper and lower cabinets and brightly colored appliances are actually in trend. We regularly see this working in modern kitchens.

The kitchen on the left features bold colors that’s also catching up these days. The thing that catches our eye most here is the kitchen island with the giant overhang all around — a built-in that can be a cooking prep island, family gathering spot or even dining table as the occasion requires.
The Kitchen on the right – Who wouldn’t want a lazy susan pantry like the one in this 1940s kitchen? Just a little spin and everything is within easy reach.


The kitchen on the left in this vintage ad, feels surprisingly modern — the lady could even, if you just glance at the ad, be reading a Kindle or iPad. It’s hard to tell if this is supposed to represent a kitchen or an entire wall of windows, but either way, the idea is great.
On the right, This 1955 apartment kitchen has a genius detail that we’re surprised we haven’t seen in more modern kitchens: a pegboard backsplash. It’s the perfect place to hang up anything you need within easy reach.

Interesting isn’t it?

The Decisive Guide to Cleaning & Caring For Kitchen Cabinets

The Decisive Guide to Cleaning & Caring For Kitchen Cabinets

We know that kitchens are the hardest working rooms in our homes and they need to be cleaned well and often, both through daily upkeep and periodic deeper cleanings. But there’s one major component of our kitchens that may not be getting the attention it needs to stay clean even though we use and see them every day – the kitchen cabinets. Here’s how to keep them in tip-top shape.

1stThings 1st: 3 rules you ought to live by

  • Tackle fresh splatters straightaway

Whether it’s oil from frying something on the stove or cake batter splatters, wipe these messes immediately for easiest clean-up. (Being aware of them is more than half the battle won.)

  • Add cabinet-cleaning to your regular kitchen cleaning routine

Incorporating a light but regular cabinet cleaning habit into your kitchen cleaning routine will help maintain your cabinets and at least slowdown build-up on cabinet exteriors.

  • Deep clean cabinet exteriors at least once every year

Most of the grime found on kitchen cabinets is the result of months or even years of gradual accumulation of oils, unnoticed splatters and a general veneer of dirt caused by humidity and dust. Depending on their location and how heavily your kitchen is used, kitchen cabinet exteriors should be cleaned annually or semi-annually.

Cleaning According to Your Cabinet Type

Wood Cabinets

  • Use oil soap wood cleaner to clean wooden cabinets
  • Use dish or laundry detergent mixed with water to de-grease.
  • A vinegar and water solution also helps cut through grease and grime.
  • For tougher dirt, make a baking soda paste. Dab on and scrub with a toothbrush.

Painted Cabinets

Cabinets painted with oil-based paints can stand up to heavy cleaning. You can use any of the cleaning solutions listed above. You can also use an all-purpose spray for maintenance cleaning.

Cabinets painted with water-based latex paint require more gentle cleaning. Don’t use baking soda because it might scratch the surface. Wipe cabinets gently with a rag and stick to all-purpose cleaner or warm water and dish soap to de-grease.

Metal Cabinets

Metal cabinets are robust as well. Use any of the solutions mentioned above, being extra careful not to get the metal overly wet. Also be sure to dry thoroughly so the metal surface doesn’t rust.

How to Remove Stubborn Grime?

If you need something stronger than a water-baking soda paste, consider making a solution with coconut oil and baking soda. This DIY cleaner gets labels off jars with ease and it’ll work magic on your grimy cabinet doors. Wipe it onto your cabinets and let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing with a toothbrush or soft cleaning brush.

Cleaning Cabinet Hardware

Cabinet hardware can be cleaned with a rag moistened with a vinegar and water solution or a dish soap and water solution.

…and finally…


wipe fresh splatters with a rag and all-purpose cleaner.


wipe down cabinet door exteriors with a rag and all-purpose cleaner.


Empty cabinets and wipe down shelves. Empty drawers and wipe them out. De-clutter kitchen items as you’re putting them away. Clean exteriors according to directions above.

If this is the first time you’re tackling the task of cleaning your kitchen cabinets, whether in your own well-lived in kitchen or in a new apartment or house, pull up your sleeves. The work may be tough, but the gleam in your kitchen will thank you.





7 tips for a family-friendly kitchen to ought to know about!

7 tips for a family-friendly kitchen to ought to know about!

Kitchens are so much more than just a place to cook. They’re where we spend time together, catching up, eating and unwinding. So whether you’re creating a kitchen from scratch or remodeling, you’ll want your kitchen to be stylish as well as practical. What you choose to be in the kitchen can make a huge difference to its family-friendly appeal. Take a look at these 7 tips to make sure your kitchen is what your dreams are made of.

1. A large island is wonderful if you have the space. It’s a great place for kids to do homework while parents make dinner and a general family gathering space.

2.Stain resistant and mark resistant countertops will keep the stress at bay and ensure a little spill or wear-and-tear doesn’t ruin your counter.

3.Should you do a lot of heavy cooking, the kitchen floor can get really wet and oily. Other than keeping your floor clean and dry, prevent slips and falls from happening by choosing tiles with texture.

4.From cabinets to countertops, ensure that your kitchen is free from sharp edges. Plus, if you have small kids consider leaving room to store a stool under the sink that they can pull out.

5.Similarly, a counter shielded by a glass backsplash lets your family in on what you’re doing without interfering or eating into your workspace.

6.Curious toddlers may wander into your kitchen in search of new “toys”. Keep pots and electrical items out of reach by placing them in shelves over the counter.

7.Depending on your home’s size and layout, you may also want to dedicate a little desk as a place for charging phones, checking mails, doing art & craft and the like.

Make sure you imbibe these simple, yet highly functional tips into your kitchen and see the space transform!

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Everything you need to know about kitchen flooring

Everything you need to know about kitchen flooring

It’s easy to overlook the kitchen floor when you’re thinking about what units, appliances and added extras you’re going to have. But your choice of flooring can make or break your kitchen look. So, before you set your heart on solid wood or splash out on ceramic, here are some important points to consider.

Stone, Granite, slate and limestone are all popular choices. Granite screams luxury and glamor, it’s really robust and will last a long time with little maintenance. However, its high-end aesthetic is not to everyone’s taste, with some finding it a little too showy, despite its numerous practical merits. Slate and limestone then are other options for those who want to go with stone but want something a little more understated.

Stone flooring is not particularly kind under the feet for any dropped pots, pans and plates are unlikely to survive the fall unharmed. Granite can become slippery when wet, so is perhaps not the best choice for those with very young children and limestone if not sealed as needed can become prone to staining. Also, it can be particularly difficult and costly to repair a damaged stone tile.

Nothing quite beats the charm and grace of real wood. Somehow it can seem both traditional and modern, suiting any kitchen. There’s a huge range of options, it’s warm underfoot, sustainable and long lasting.

However, it can scratch, crack and warp. Wood flooring can also not be installed with underfloor heating in severely cold countries, which could be a major turn-off of the material if that’s something you are planning to have in your new kitchen.
Engineered wood-Engineered wood flooring is made of a composite material. Timber boards are stuck with a plywood base and hardwood veneer with strong adhesives.

This type of flooring comes in uniform sizes, so is easier and faster to install. But simply put, it’s just not the real thing. While it can look fantastic in its own way it’s not entirely convincing compared to real hardwood flooring.
Porcelain and ceramic tiles are the two most popular varieties commonly installed in kitchens. Both come in a wide range of styles and patterns so can suit just about any kitchen, whether you want a traditional white and black chessboard flooring or something more contemporary.

Porcelain tiles are a bit pricier than ceramic but are more long lasting. Both are hygienic, require next to no maintenance other than the occasional mop and easy to install.
The downside of going for tile is that it is cold underfoot and hard on the feet. Similar, to stone dropped plates, cups and glasses are unlikely to be left unbroken.

Concrete –Now, the idea of a polished concrete floor might just have you thinking about your local supermarket. But, polished concrete has become a super trendy flooring choice for chic modern kitchens. It’s relatively cheap, extremely hard wearing and can look absolutely stunning in the right environment. Perhaps the best thing with concrete is there’s no real maintenance to worry about, it actually gets tougher with age!

Its strength then is perhaps its only real weakness. It can be slippery so is not the best choice for those with young children and any dropped objects are likely to be damaged.
Choosing the perfect flooring for your new kitchen is really the icing on the cake that finishes the whole project off. However, it’s not always the easiest decision to make. It’s not just about aesthetics, you need to evaluate how robust your flooring needs to be — kitchen floors can be subject to muddy shoes, red wine spills and for the clumsier chefs out there occasionally being scorched by boiling pasta water. With the rundown given above, we ca stay rest assured that you’re well sorted, aren’t you? Happy homemaking!