Kitchens are almost unrivalled in their reputation as fantastic places to create lasting memories. Modern kitchens are social, versatile spaces, breaking down the barriers between cooking and dining and allowing us more time and freedom to be together. And as the years pass, the love and laughs we enjoy with friends and family will undoubtedly form our most treasured memories of all.
It’s not for no reason that the kitchen is often known as ‘the heart of the home’. With many family members spending the day apart at work or school, the kitchen is where everyone convenes to talk, laugh and enjoy some quality time in each other’s company. As we can all attest, modern life can be very busy, and sometimes that leaves little time during the day that family members can come together and bond – which makes the evening meal all the more important.
Many people view family as the most important thing in the world, and almost every one has their own history, their own anecdotes and in-jokes. The kitchen is a place to revel in this shared culture, fondly recalling family legends and even creating new ones. The classic Sunday roast is a great example of this. It’s more than just food, but also a celebration of familial bonds – and the kitchen is where it all happens! All this makes it a space for not only creating valuable, lasting memories.
This is true for children especially, as a lot of their early memories are tied to food and the kitchen. As infants most of us learn about the world around us by putting things in our mouths – as any mother will tell you! – which means that for children the kitchen is a veritable wonderland. There are new textures, new tastes and new things to be experienced in the kitchen, and always encompassed by the sense of love and family.
In a very similar way, our kitchens are central to socialising in our homes. After all, when was the last time you invited someone round and didn’t offer them anything to eat or drink? On-trend, open-plan kitchens are ideal for socialising in terms of their layout and appliances too. In this case study, you can see that one of our clients has seamlessly linked their cooking and dining areas. This means they can begin preparing a delicious meal without even having to break off their conversation with their guests. And once the food is ready, it doesn’t need to be carried to a completely separate room while everyone sits waiting – it’s nothing more than a few steps round to the dining area. Without the need to make constant trips from room to room, modern kitchens allow the cook the freedom to fully enjoy the company of their friends and family in experiences that will form the basis of fond memories for many years to come.
As people, our strongest memories will always be tied to home, and the pride in creating amazing meals for our guests is just one more reason why cooking and socialising in our own kitchens will always be more treasured experiences than eating out at even the most high-class restaurants.
Take a look at our case studies of real customer kitchens to see more examples of fantastic places to create memories. Or you can even pop into any one of our designer kitchen showrooms in Manchester, Blackburn and Colne, where you can see them in the flesh! If you have any questions or want any advice, our skilled designers will always be on hand. We’re here to help!
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