Opening up Your Kitchen – Should You Consider a Breakfast Bar?

10 great kitchen ideasWith increased stresses in our daily lives; whether financial, work or family, more and more people are turning to cooking as a way of relaxing in their free time. With this change in the way that we live our lives the kitchen, once the heart of the home, is seeing something of a revival as the most important room in the home. With this in mind, many people want to open up their kitchen space and make it a much more open and inviting space where they can experiment with new recipes, cook for family and friends and even host informal brunches and suppers.

Creating more space with colour

Even if you have a small kitchen there are still a fantastic number of design ideas that you can employ to help create the illusion of more space in your kitchen that will really help to open it up. Light colours on your walls are a fantastic way to really open up a small space, you don’t have to stick to white which can often seem a little harsh so look for softer pale tones. Pale cabinets will also help to make your kitchen feel bigger; they are great for reflecting natural light. You really can’t go wrong with a monochrome colour scheme, whatever the size of your kitchen, its something of a timeless classic.

Breakfast bar?

If you have a small kitchen then a breakfast bar might be the last thing you would consider putting in to help open up your kitchen, but they are a feature that you should not dismiss out of hand. A well-designed breakfast bar with a good amount of counter top and an overhang to hide those bar stools when they are not in use can really improve the space in your kitchen, in fact it may well prove to be a much better choice than a small table. Extra counter space is always a plus side in any kitchen.

If you have a sense of the theatrical, and a larger kitchen, then the sky is the limit when it comes to including a breakfast bar. Why not consider a kitchen island with a breakfast bar feature? This will give you a perfect place to socialise with your friends whilst cooking.

De-clutter

Whatever size your kitchen is, clutter will make it seem smaller so make sure you are using your cupboard space properly, if you can’t put everything away then maybe it is time to have a sort out and get rid of things you don’t need.  A few well place decorative storage jars can be a great way of making a bit of extra storage space and if you don’t have too many then you can still achieve that all important open effect in your kitchen.

If you have plenty of wall space why not consider a few shelves for storage of jars or even cookery books, moving them up and off your counters will make a big difference to the feel of your kitchen.

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