A good many years ago, the kitchen was a separate room in the home. Hidden at the back somewhere next to the scullery and back door, it was really just a place where meals were made and dishes were washed. Today, this room serves a different purpose and its importance cannot be understated.
The heart of the home
The kitchen is officially the heart of the home where people gather to share meals, discuss the day’s events, relax, and even do work. But how did the role of this space change? Advances in technology and changing social dynamics have given rise to the modern kitchen. Designs are open-plan, natural light is emphasised, and the latest innovations in material and hardware can be seen from countertops to drawer systems. Boundaries between rooms are blurred, so now you can socialise while you cook, or serve dinner close to the stove.
Modern urban living also means that we have less room. This has inspired kitchen designs which maximise storage space and take your unique cooking style into account. “The kitchen should be a functional workspace where you can create your masterpieces,” explains Kathy Moodley, Manager of Easylife Kitchens Greenstone. “However, it must also reflect the personality of the owner.”
Kitchen design technology
Easylife Kitchens has built a reputation in creating kitchens that meet their clients’ needs. Their Evolution range uses state-of-the-art European trends and the latest kitchen design technology to offer amazing space-saving benefits. A new six-tier drawer system increases drawer space by 50%, while wall units have 10% more cabinet depth, giving you plenty of space to store plates, appliances, and more. “You also get 10% extra height in your bottom units thanks to our shorter kickplates,” Moodley describes.
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“When it comes to materials, we’re always on top of the latest trends in textures, colours, and styles,” says Moodley. “It’s amazing how a little lighting can transform even the most elegant space into a wow-factor kitchen.” In the image below, Easylife Kitchens created a bulk-head with a box light feature, with glass shelves and a glass splashback that ties the colours together. “This is a clever and inexpensive way to create a standout feature,” she says.
Creating a warm, inviting atmosphere is key, but simple designs, uncluttered work surfaces, and quality finishes are just as crucial. “Your kitchen should be a reflection of you and your needs,” explains Moodley. “The best design is one that caters to your unique requirements – and it must look fabulous at the same time.”
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.