Family-friendly kitchen designs

With the kitchen being the heart of the home and all that, here are 7 tips sourced from House Beautiful you’ll want to follow for a family- and kid-friendly space.

1. Two rooms in one
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An open-plan family room and kitchen is a multifunctional space, all about friends, family, cooking and living.

2. Keep it organised
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A built-in armoire has a bottom row of drawers for kids’ stuff, a kitchen island offers ample seating, and pots are easily accessible – or not (depending on who’s looking) – since they’re hung on either side of the stove.

3. Try slipcovers
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Recently bought yourself newly upholstered dining chairs? Linen slipcovers will protect from sticky fingers.

4. Add a blackboard
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It’s not just for the groceries list, but for scribbles and drawing too.

5. Appreciate imperfections
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Carrara marble and maple butcher-block countertops add an old-fashioned, settled look. “They’re porous, so time and wear will inevitably confer imperfections – your family’s history in stains and rings. Treasure them!”

6. Try kids’ height furniture
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In this kitchen, the big square drawer has stainless-steel inserts for flour and sugar, and the lower level is just the right height for little helpers.

7. Raised cabinets
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Not only does it create interest, but it makes for easy cleaning too.

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