Both John and I have recently made a real commitment to lessening the amount of unnecessary things we have in our house, to do a complete declutter and keep things as simple as possible. Personally I have always been a believer in less is more but when you have kids you automatically increase the amount of clutter in your home ten fold over night. We are giving ourselves a few months to have a real sort through everything which is also going to help get the home looking ready for when we put it on the market in spring.
|I love the simplicity of the flat we stayed in in Earls Court over the summer|
We have a built in hob within our kitchen island which I use daily and I know we would want to replace eventually and want to have something practically, well made and stylish and love the current Amica range which has a choice of indication, gas or ceramic hobs and by replacing or making sure you kitchen appliances are from a long standing quality manufacture you are really investing in the longevity of your kitchen.
|Our Kitchen on a rare "clutter-free" day|
I thought I would share some top tips for keeping your kitchen clutter free, simple and stylish
1. Know what style you want to achieve and plan around that. Some styles such as a rustic kitchen miss-matched mugs and crockery work well, exposed shelves and decorative pieces but they still need to have some kind of order. If your going for a minimalist look you need to sort out your storage space first and divide and conquer what you don't need
2. Be practical and realistic - you need to mentally gear yourself up for when you make changes to a room as well as harden your heart if you really want to get rid of the build up that happens in the home and only keep what you actually use, is practical or atheistically pleasing to the eye. Start with the counters first then move on to the cabinets
3. Re-evaluate your furniture - table, chairs, stools etc take up the most space so look at what you have and see if there is a better way to arrange your dinning table or example or perhaps replace two chairs with a bench and don't have more chairs than you need.
4. Invest in well designed white goods that fit your kitchen properly, quality is always more important than quantity and you really don't need every appliance under the sun and if you are one for gadgets than make sure you have some good storage space to store them when not in use. Built-in appliances such as the ones Amica do are always a good option if you want to keep you kitchen space to a maximum.
5. Freshen up with paint - never under estimate how much fresher any room can look with a lick of paint. I always say put down some neutral such as white and then build on top of that if you wish with some cool prints that have pops of colour.
The main thing is to create a fun usable space for all the family, somewhere you can sit down and talk about your day, to me the kitchen is the hub of the home and therefore is a place I feel needs some time spent on it to help make it a little bit extra special.
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