Being the heart of the home, the kitchen is going to be invaded by your kids, no matter what you think right now. This is the place where families congregate while preparing dinner to visit, work on homework and so on. Before you decide to purchase stainless steel appliances, know that they will end up with smudgy fingerprints. Your floors will see a spill or two. Consider these design ideas for a kid-friendly kitchen.
Kid-Friendly Kitchen Design Ideas
11. Consider your family’s lifestyle
A kitchen can be both beautiful and kid-friendly. The first thing to consider when designing your new kitchen is who lives in the house. If it needs to be able to stand up to vomit, sticky food spills and pet accidents, design your kitchen accordingly. Choose appliances, wall coverings and flooring that are easy to clean (or hide smudges when you are short on time).
22. Incorporate an island bar or breakfast nook
Work with your kids, not against them. Instead of trying to keep them out of the kitchen, give them space where they can keep out of the way and avoid dangerous accidents. An island with a bar or a breakfast nook provides a space where they can sit down and do artwork, homework, or read a book while Mom or Dad cooks dinner.
33. Choose washable wall finishes
While paint is the most commonly chosen wall covering, it is not the only choice. Decorate your backsplash with glass or ceramic tile or warm up the dining area with wainscoting. For the areas that you are going to paint, choose a washable finish, such as eggshell or satin. Gloss finishes are easy to wipe down, but they will also show sticky fingerprints more readily, as well.
44. Install easy-to-clean flooring
With kids in the house, you will have to clean up more than your fair share of spills and sticky messes. This means you should choose a floor covering that is easy to clean. Most hard flooring is cleanable: tile, laminate, vinyl…rustic hardwood will help to conceal marks and damage on the floors. And don’t forget to include lots of throw rugs.
55. Don’t be afraid to accessorize–up high
You can decorate your kitchen with accessories, but keep them out of reach of small children. The danger zone is within 45 inches of the floor, so keep accessories higher than that. Display them on a floating shelf, on top of a hutch or behind glass doors.