The kitchen is the hub of the home – it’s where we gather, eat, cook, and offload some of our worries for the day. If you could design your dream kitchen, what would it look like? Endless counter space? A walk-in fridge? More cupboards than you know what to do with? We asked Alida Venter, Designer at Easylife Kitchens Nelspruit, what five things women want in their kitchens right now.
1. Island Overhang
“Mothers are looking for a spot where their kids can sit and do homework while they prepare dinner,” says Alida.
“This can be anything from a breakfast nook with bench seats to an island overhang with bar stools.”
2. Must Be Child-Friendly
“We often have mothers wanting to make their kitchens as practical and child-friendly as possible,” explains Alida. “This is mostly so that they can spend more time with their kids because they can join in with preparing meals.”
3. More Cupboard Space
One of the most important things women want in their kitchens is more storage space. This is why you’ll often find cabinets with pull-out shelves, or revolving shelves and drawer organisers.
“We have a lot of women requesting more packing space in cupboards in an effort to minimise clutter on worktops,” says Alida. “Women want to maximise their actual workspace, so this means be able to store as many items in cupboards and drawers as possible.”
4. Places To Gather
The kitchen isn’t just for cooking. It’s a place to eat, do homework, play board games, socialise, and bond as a family.
“As such, one of the top things women want in their kitchens is a comfortable space for the whole family to gather. This means creating more places to sit down, even if this means the kitchen becomes the new dining room,” says Alida.
“Women want a space that is practical to move in so they can minimise the time they spend cooking,” Alida reveals. “This way they can spend more quality time with their families. It really is all about family.”
Compiled by Food and Decor Editor, Claire Badenhorst
As the food and decor editor of Woman&Home, Claire enjoys nothing more than eating great food in beautiful locations. In a perfect world, she would travel for a living and have a Lord of the Rings marathon every weekend.