We’re feeling all loved up for Valentine’s Day here at Kitchen Design Centre! Today, we found ourselves thinking about the more romantic sides of kitchens. Not just in cooking delicious meals, but also in the shared joy of cooking as a couple! We thought it would be a brilliant opportunity to give you a bit of romantic kitchen design inspiration, and that’s exactly what we’re doing in today’s blog – so, here’s how to create a kitchen for the two of you to cook together.
More and more couples are starting to share cooking duties – which is amazing – but there’s no denying that can make things a little complicated in the kitchen. That means that when you’re planning out your dream kitchen, you’ll need to look extremely carefully at how you divide the space.
The first question to probably ask is: are there any cooking tasks which either or both of you particularly enjoy doing? For example, are you keener on basting or whisking, or does your significant other enjoy chopping and blending? If there is, you might want to consider carving out a little dedicated corner for yourselves in the kitchen, so you can work in tandem when cooking big meals.
And whether you’ve got personal corners or not, the next question is – where are you likely to overlap when cooking? Are there any particular spaces you might foresee getting in each others’ way? How can you work round each other when you do? For many of these questions, a kitchen island can provide an easy answer. It gives you a common space to allow you to give your partner room, and provides a handy resting place for ingredients you’re finished with for the time being, such as chopped vegetables, or peeled potatoes. Lots of experts – including our very own talented kitchen designers – recommend L-shape or U-shaped kitchens for this very purpose.
Another way you can avoid getting in each others’ way is by making sure that you have enough appliances. Dual ovens and double-bowl sinks are two excellent examples, allowing you to cook or clean both at once and keep the smooth function of your two-cook kitchen.
Aesthetics are another key element of your two-cook kitchen, and it’s one that offers a lot of exciting opportunities. If you each prefer different aesthetics, you can design a kitchen that incorporates elements of both, to create a finished space that is truly unique. For example, you might want a traditional range cooker but handleless cabinetry, or a colour scheme that bridges the gap between blue and green. You might, for example, want a contemporary kitchen with traditional utensils and cutlery. Experiment a little!
You can even take it a step further, and find a way to perfect your kitchen’s style in a way that expresses your personality as a couple. This is exactly the approach taken by Chris and Anne Redmond, who wanted their dream kitchen to be incorporate their favourite shade of red as a key statement colour. Our designer Maxine was only too happy to oblige, and the result is a sleek handleless design that makes stunning use of red Lacobel glass.
It just goes to show that whatever your style, our designers will always go the extra mile to realise every inch of your dream vision for your kitchen. Pop into your designer kitchen showroom in Manchester, Blackburn or Barrowford, and we’ll see what we can do for you!