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16/03/2015

Amazing ideas to make the most out of your kitchen

bar stools
Our kitchen on the day we moved in


For us mums, the kitchen is probably where we end up spending most of our time. From cooking for the family, washing the dishes, loading and unloading the dishwasher and everything else that comes with being a mum, it’s hard to not be in there for a good while. That’s why for me, it’s important that my kitchen is designed efficiently and just the way I want it. I recently came across some fabulous ideas that I want to share with you all that’ll make you love and appreciate your kitchen.


kitchen lighting
I love these copper pendant lights - perfect for the kitchen (image)



Light up your life

Most mums are in the kitchen past dark and I’m not sure about you, but where my kitchen is located in the house the lighting isn’t that great. I have been looking to invest in something that’s going to brighten up the room a bit and I’ve seen some beautifully designed lamps from Lampcommerce. I think a floor lamp is what I’m leaning towards as I can move it around the house whenever I need more lighting and it doesn’t need to stay in the kitchen either which is great – it’s like one light works for all! Table lamps are also a great idea and also easy to maneuver. You can easily pop them onto your work surfaces when chopping your onions or peeling potatoes. 


No storage? No problem!

No matter how big your kitchen is we could all use a bit more storage space. Without spending a fortune for extra furniture, there are a few easy and cost-effective ways to create more space. By investing in something as simple as shelf dividers and fitting them inside of your cupboards and cabinets, you can have two or three shelves inside of one for all your plates and cups!



kitchen storage
Get creative with your storage



Spice up your life

Another great storage idea is buying baskets or a spice rack which you’re able to hang on the wall so all your ingredients are kept organised and in one place. By hanging things on the wall means you’re not taking up unnecessary space but instead utilizing what’s already in front of you. If your spices are going to be on show, a great idea is to put them in little mason jars. That way they all look the same and a lot tidier, but of course you can label them to identify what is what – you wouldn’t want to be putting salt in your tea now would you!



Utilise every corner of the room

A problem I find myself having is that I don’t have enough draws to store everything such as all my knives and forks. A useful idea I recently saw was buying a wall rail (not expensive at all) with hooks to hang my cooking utensils. That way, my spatula is never too far away when I’m frying an egg! Standing shelves are also a great idea and depending on its size, you can fit it into a small corner of your kitchen so it won’t be taking up any space, but will be highly useful.



entertainment area
We have created an eating space in our kitchen with natural light coming in



The magic triangle

If you are thinking about giving your kitchen a revamp soon, remember to bare the ‘magic triangle’ in mind. This means keeping the fridge, sink and cooker within a short distance of each other. Apparently this three-point rule keeps the most used areas of a kitchen within close proximity of one another making for a more efficient kitchen. Depending on how many people are usually walking in and out of the kitchen, the magic triangle is also meant to minimize traffic so our cooking isn’t interrupted and we don’t spend more time in there than we already do!


pink lemonade
Love your kitchen and have fun in it


Love your kitchen!


Your kitchen doesn’t just have to be a place where you cook, eat and wash. We live in our kitchens and it’s the heart of our homes so give it the TLC it deserves. Whether it’s big or small, wide or long, you’re renovating, redecorating or just adding some extra details to it, I hope these tips will inspire you to design a kitchen you will love and one you’ve always dreamed of.

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7 comments:

  1. your kitchen looks wonderful! Mine is a bit grim and I live in rented accommodation so can't change much, I did paint the tiles which makes the kitchen so much brighter.

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  2. Such a gorgeous kitchen!!! Love those stools too - I wish my kitchen was as nice (and big) as yours :)

    Georgina
    Mummy Pixie

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  3. You're kitchen is gorgeous !! Mine is really weird because there is no space in it for an eating table so the kitchen table is in the living room, buuut we're used it now after 4 years! :)
    www.myfroley.com

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  4. I adore your kitchen, so much space. I sadly have a small galley kitchen and long for space, getting creative with storage is my big thing.. some great tips

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  5. Love your kitchen and you've listed some great tips that I'll definitely take on board for the future xxx

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  6. Great post! We've just moved into a new rented house and the kitchen is tiny! We definitely need to get creative with our storage space to make life in the kitchen nice and simple!!

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