I love beautiful kitchens – but function is just as important as how a kitchen looks! There is no set cookie-cutter approach to function anymore, though. You need to consider how a kitchen works for you and your own approach to cooking and entertaining.
But there are a few go-to functional ideas that work for every kitchen and every type of cook! One of my favorites is to use a multipurpose island in the center of the kitchen. It offers an extra workspace for whipping up baked goods and creating meals, but it also gives you a great place for friends and family to gather and to eat. Add a punch of color with apple green paint and a chopping-block top, and you’ve just added a ton of function to your kitchen!
And speaking of islands, I also like to offer another great idea to the islands I install for clients. I use every square inch of space for storage – you just can’t have too much of that in a kitchen, right? So remember to use all 4 sides of the island to create drawers and shelves that work for you!
You can add an enormous amount of convenience and function to your kitchen by just clearing off those countertops so they are ready for your cooking prep. Plus, it just looks neater when there is less clutter in the kitchen. Those countertop appliances like microwaves really take up a lot of space. As a solution, I love to use microdrawers from my partner company Thermador! Check out this quick video that shows you why that hide-away-microwave is so fantastic:
And finally, if you are using every square inch of space in your kitchen for storage, you know those cabinets closer to the ceiling can be tough to reach sometimes. So consider a library ladder like the one I used here to make those higher cabinets super-functional for you.
I hope these ideas have helped you see that you really can have a kitchen that’s both gorgeous and functional for you and your family! What are your go-to ideas for convenience and function? Let me know in the comments section below!