If you look back at kitchens over the years, you’ll see how massively they’ve changed. Kitchens used to be just functional, practical, even cold spaces. They were the housewife’s domain, where she’d be busy preparing meals.
Once upon a time, the kitchen was a space where we created food using rationed goods. It was a place to make things stretch, not to get creative. OK, so we’re talking about a time quite alien to us these days. We learnt about it at school, but most of us never lived through it. However, it’s interesting to remember this period when we think about modern kitchens today and how this one space in our house has evolved.
Thankfully, times have changed, and so has the way we use our kitchens. For modern kitchen design inspiration, please look at our recently installed kitchens.
A Space for the Family
No longer considered the domain of the ‘woman of the house’, the kitchen is a space for the entire family. In modern kitchens, the ethos is very much on creating a space for the whole family to congregate, focusing on comfort and practicality.
In a working family with children at school, the kitchen is multifunctional, a place to catch up and help with homework whilst simultaneously preparing a meal. Therefore, at A Class Kitchens, we have a strong focus on luxury modern kitchen design. The room where we spend most of our time deserves a lot of thought and attention to detail.
To be together in one space, demands a seating area. If there isn’t room for a separate table or booth, then modern kitchens with islands that have integrated seating are a fabulous alternative.
The image above is the perfect example of a modern kitchen island that does it all! Fitted with an induction hob for cooking, a space for preparing meals, shelving for storage, and a seating area, it’s everything you need and more.
If having limited space makes designing a modern kitchen a headache, contact A Class Kitchens today. We’ll help you see your kitchen with fresh eyes and show you how to incorporate modern kitchen design ideas to get the most from your room.
A Space to Socialise
Once again, taking you back in time, the living room and dining room would have been the space where you’d greet and entertain guests. The kitchen was the room at the back of the house, hidden away and one stop from the outside toilet.
Again, not something most of us have had to live through, but it is another example of how the modern kitchen has evolved.
Now a space you want to show off and let others appreciate, the kitchen is the room in which you play host to your visitors. In new builds, the modern kitchen functions not only as a place to prepare food but also where you eat it. If there’s space, it’s also where you then go to relax with the family or entertain your friends.
The modern kitchen is three rooms in one, and as such, you need to think about practicality and making the most of the space available.
We love the versatility of modern kitchen cabinets. They look fantastic, save space, and give you precisely what you need. Just look at the built-in wine rack and cooler in the image above. It takes up hardly any space and stores five bottles in the external wine rack whilst incorporating a slim, refrigerated unit for drinks best served chilled.
How perfect is this when hosting a party in your modern kitchen or at Christmas when you have a fridge full of food?
Modern kitchen lighting options are another way to help make your kitchen a multifunctional space. By using spotlights in the more practical, preparation areas, and low hanging lights in your dining area, you can mix up the lighting. Dim the spotlights and let the over-table hanging lights shine to create an intimate dining experience.
Another modern kitchen lighting feature we love to install is unit, wall, floor, and ceiling mounted LED lights. Remote controlled, you can change the colour to create a serene, calming room or an exciting place to party.
A Space to Work
Another way the modern kitchen has evolved is that it has now, for many, become a place in which we work. The covid lockdown forced us to not only work from home but educate our children from home as well. Since not every home offers a separate space to dedicate to an office, the kitchen has had to step up and offer even more.
Not just a temporary ‘fix’, employers have had the chance to see that remote and hybrid working can be just as effective as office-based, and as such, there’s an increase in the numbers of people choosing to work from home.
When your kitchen also doubles as an office, having a good place to sit is necessary. Ideally, we all know that a large table and supportive chair are best for our posture, but it’s not always something afforded by the available space.
Modern kitchens with islands can be a perfect solution, especially if you’ve planned and factored in using the space as an office. Whether you opt for integrated seating or bar stools, kitchen islands can make a great space to work, offering a large flat surface for all your gadgets.
With gadgets comes the need for plugs, and this motorised pop-up power point by MP Solutions is just one of the designs available on the market.
With multiple plug sockets, pop up power points are a must for the modern kitchen. For those working from home, they will power all your equipment without the need to fetch extension cables to be able to reach the nearest wall socket. Then, when not needed, they sink down into the unit, out of sight and not taking up space.
They’re also great for those that love a modern kitchen gadget, that special bit of equipment that doesn’t need its own place on the worktop but uses up a power point when it does make an appearance.
Let’s Get Creating Your Modern Kitchen for 2022 and Beyond
We hope you’ve enjoyed this trip down memory lane with us. Being lovers of all things kitchen, we enjoy seeing how this humble room has evolved over the years. How changes in the home, society, and life, in general, have shaped how we use this one room in our house for almost anything and everything.
Call A Class Kitchens today, and we’ll create a modern kitchen that works just as hard as you do.