It’s fair to say that in the world of modern kitchens, we’re a nation of people always on the go. With school runs and busy work schedules to contend with, we’re not suggesting you take the time to sit down on your lunch break at work and tuck into a three-course meal. But by the time you get home to your kitchen in the evenings, you should definitely try and make time for proper mealtimes. Why, you ask? Well…
This one’s simple: if you love your food, it’s only logical to take the time to enjoy it. This is especially the case if you’ve cooked your meals. It would be a shame to go to all that trouble preparing that food if you can’t take the time to savour the fruits of your labours! But it goes deeper than that, too – from TV to newspapers, we’re surrounded by media that, for some reason, often turns eating into some kind of challenge. Entertainment magazines are particularly notable culprits, with headlines capitalising words like DIET or SLIM NOW. That’s not a healthy way to think of it! First and foremost, food needs to be enjoyed. It’s a pleasure, not a punishment. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to lose weight, for example, but demonising food in general isn’t the way to do it.
If you want, you can be selective in choosing your ingredients, and get creative with innovative kitchen appliances to pursue new meals, but the key thing to remember is that you can find beautiful, delicious food to suit any lifestyle. You shouldn’t ever feel like outside pressures (which includes lifestyle changes or tight schedules) get in the way of allowing you to enjoy your mealtimes at home. If you want, you can think of them as your daily reward for successfully dealing with everything that’s thrown at you all day – you deserve something special!
One of the most marvellous aspects to eating at home is that, by making time for quality mealtimes in family kitchens, you’ll often be eating better quality meals by default. Corner shop sandwiches and supermarket ready meals are pretty notoriously high in calories, salt and fat, which is one of the many reasons why eating on-the-go can be so bad for us, especially if they appear quick and easy fixes.
On the other hand, if you’re using your own kitchen appliances and utensils to whip up some lovely meals from scratch, you know exactly what’s going in your food, and how much of it there is. Ultimately, the whole family eats better, making you all fitter and healthier in the long run – and possibly saving you a bit of money in the shorter term, too!
Our designers regularly achieve feats of kitchen design in all sorts of styles. And whether we’re creating contemporary kitchens, traditional kitchens or something new entirely, one requirement we hear the most often from our customers is to make their spaces family-centric. It’s no wonder – the dinner table acts as a unifier for family, a daily meeting place for you all to gather and share stories and laughter together, while bonding over delicious food.
You might be interested to know that as well as being wonderful for you, regular dinnertimes with your family even have mental health benefits. Taking the time to unwind with your loved ones each evening can relieve daily stresses and tension – according to some studies, parents are amongst the people who feel these benefits most keenly. You can’t get quite the same effect from a bowl of microwave rice at 10pm!
Here at Kitchen Design Centre, every one of our talented kitchen designers has a singular goal in mind: to realise every inch of your perfect kitchen. That way, creating your meals can be just as fulfilling as eating them! Pop into any one of our designer kitchen showrooms in Blackburn, Manchester or Barrowford, and one of our designers will be only too happy to sit down with you and see how we can help you achieve the vision you have for your space.