We all spend so much of our time at home in our kitchens, with at least 6 hours a week dedicated to food preparation for main meals, the average person spends more than that grabbing snacks, making tea or coffee, and staring into the cold void of the refrigerator thinking about Menulog.
It is also a place of sharing: a space for sharing conversations, ranting about work, sharing food prep duties with family and loved ones, and sharing knowledge with our children. Because of this, you want your kitchen to lift your mood every time you enter the space and give you a sense of pride when inviting others in. One simple way you can improve the aesthetics and functionality of your kitchen is with your utensils and cooking equipment.
How your kitchen is designed obviously greatly impacts what you can do with it. It may be time to revamp your whole kitchen if appliances are getting old and dirty, and there are wonderful and creative home designs in NSW for renovations or to offer inspiration. But sometimes budgets create the need to make do with what we have and go for an aesthetic lift via accessories like kitchen islands, hanging pots and pans, and quality utensils.
A great set of knives is something you will use every day and that you can display to lift the overall aesthetic quality of your kitchen. Essential knives to have in your kitchen are a chef’s knife, paring knife, serrated bread knife, carving knife, and even if you don’t use if all that often, a meat cleaver hanging on a hook on the wall will offer your kitchen a great rustic feel.
A good set of kitchen knives may set you back a few hundred dollars. However, most quality knives come with long-term or even lifetime guarantees and are something that you will use every day for the rest of your life, so it makes sense to invest in a quality set. You can choose to buy a set of knives that come in a knife block, or hang them from a magnetic strip mounted on the wall, or a cloth knife roll – which is similar to the canvas rolls used by artists to store brushes. Getting creative (while considering safety) with the way your display your knives can have a great aesthetic impact on your kitchen. So, get them out of the drawer and put them on show.
It’s important to consider just how much cutlery you need before buying up in bulk. Many homes have overflowing cutlery drawers which look messy and decrease the functionality of the cutlery drawer. You also want to ensure you pick cutlery that is comfortable for you to use and hold – test out a few (which doesn’t mean taking your dinner to the store, just check for balance and design). Most cutlery is stainless steel, but that doesn’t have to be the only option, have a look around and find the right cutlery for your home.
Pots and Pans
Hanging pots and pans, generally above a kitchen island, has fast become a standard way to improve the aesthetics and functionality of a kitchen. It gives a great rustic feel and makes it that much easier to use and put them away. Look for the best quality cookware your budget can afford, go for cast iron if you can and try to avoid potentially toxic Teflon coated pans.
Keep it simple, keep it functional, and get creative to find the best way to lift your kitchen aesthetics by putting your cookware and utensils out on display.