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Why The Kitchen Is The Heart Of The Home
The kitchen is often said to be the heart of the home. Kitchens were once small rooms designated just for cooking, but now the kitchen has become the most important room in the house. The kitchen is the room where families come together and people congregate. We look at exactly how kitchens have developed, what makes the kitchen such a special room, and why it really is the heart of the home.
Early American kitchens
In the early 20th century, kitchens in American homes were far from the open, social spaces they are now. Kitchens were small rooms, often located at the back of the house, housing the stove, laundry and work equipment. It wasn’t until the 1920s that a little style was introduced. As the years went on, it became more and more popular to have larger kitchens, incorporating living areas and becoming what we know now as the heart of the home.
Cooking is comforting
For many people, there’s something fundamentally comforting about cooking. In addition to refueling ourselves physically, taking time to create nutritious and tasty meals for yourself or your family can be therapeutic. Preparing food for others can be even more rewarding. There’s something so special about seeing your loved ones sit down for a hearty meal that has been prepared with care and thought.
It’s nice to have a formal dining room, but a more relaxed dining area in the kitchen can work very well for busy couples and families. If the kitchen is the heart of the home, the kitchen table is definitely the heart of the kitchen. A kitchen table offers the perfect space for any meal and is ideally located close to the cooking area. Busy breakfasts around the kitchen table are the perfect start to the day. Family members can join once they are up, and those who are already at the table already can chat to those who are preparing their own breakfast, making coffee, or packing lunches. Likewise, for busy weekday evenings, couples or families can come together in the kitchen in an informal way, and there is a natural flow to the room. Because meals in the kitchen can feel relaxed and casual, the room has a welcoming and cozy feel and atmosphere.
Multifunctional living spaces
Once used just for cooking, kitchens are now multifunctional living spaces. Over the last few decades, it has become more important to people to have a larger kitchen. Dining tables might have been located in a separate room or living area in the past, but then it started becoming popular for kitchens to be part of larger kitchen/dining/living areas. New houses incorporated larger kitchens, while it became increasingly popular to knock through walls to open up and increase the size of smaller kitchens in older properties. Seating areas in the kitchen offer families the space to hang out together in an informal setting. Advances in technology mean that in addition to the latest cooking appliances, kitchens can be equipped with high-tech media devices such as TVs and Bluetooth speakers, making the room even more appealing to spend time in.
Modern technology also allows the kitchen to act as a home office for many people, offering a convenient location to work from home with the kitchen table or countertop doubling as a desk. It's not uncommon to see children completing homework, painting or coloring at the table.
We have all been to parties where everyone congregates in the kitchen, and that’s partly because people naturally gravitate to the place where the food and drinks are! However, that’s not the only reason. People are instinctively drawn to the informal atmosphere of the kitchen, and the comings and goings make it welcoming and comfortable.
A kitchen is a perfect location for all types of entertaining. With modern coffee makers such as this Silver Espresso Costway Coffee Maker, there’s no need to go out for coffee anymore. You can host cozy coffee mornings at home. A bar such as this Radiant Rectangular Bar Table With 2 Shelves And Wine Holder is the perfect addition to a kitchen for drinks parties.
Unlike reception rooms, the kitchen is a must-use room for everyone as it is where we all come together to get our daily meals, and modern kitchens accommodate so many different functions. For this reason, it becomes the hub of the house, and the informal and relaxing atmosphere makes the kitchen a comfortable and happy place to be.