Have you ever stopped and wondered why family and friends all tend to congregate in the kitchen?

What is it about kitchens that evoke a mysterious magnetic attraction?

The household kitchen was designed for preparing and cooking meal, but over the past few decades, the kitchen has slowly morphed into the epicentre of the home.

In most homes the kitchen wears many hats — it’s the centre of the family gatherings, the place for bantering with friends, a play room, an entertainment centre, a children’s art and crafts area, and lets not forget its original purpose — a place to enjoy good food with family and friends.

We stopped to think about why this might be, here are some reasons why we think the kitchen is the heart of your home.

Good for the mind, body and soul

Food nurtures the mind, body and soul. Without it, we would not survive. The kitchen provides a venue to store and prepare delicious meals. You always want the best for your family, and it’s a proven fact that sitting together around the table at meal times, encourages healthy eating habits and builds that family bond.

Family Fun in the Kitchen

Kitchens also provide a space for fun family activities. Whether it be cooking, baking, crafts or painting with your family it is a great bonding experience. It also gives everyone an opportunity to get a little messy, create new things and learn new recipes.

The Entire Family Uses It

In a home, there are many private rooms that only certain family members tend to utilise on a regular basis. Maybe Dad loves his office, and the kids their playroom. However, each member of the family utilises the kitchen, every day. Even the dog has made the kitchen his favourite sleeping area. In recent years, families have begun to adapt their kitchens to provide a more supportive environment in which to congregate, with the help of wireless networks coming in to play, children and workers can carry out their work at the table and still be involved in the family buzz. Because of this shift in kitchen dynamics, it is important your kitchen space is designed to be welcoming and conducive for family members to congregate.

It’s a Must-Have

Every home has a kitchen. It’s necessary, though it can be luxurious, no other room serves such a distinct purpose. Having a functional and modern kitchen is truly a blessing. It helps turn meal time into a pleasurable activity amidst the busy hustle and bustle of life. Also the cook doesn’t get too lonely, when there is space for everyone to gather in the same space.

It Sets the Tone

People invest a lot of time and money into kitchen upgrades because it is the most important room when it comes to the resale value of the home. Kitchens set the tone for the entire house. They have the ability to not only provide a meal but a completely sensational experience. An inspiring space can mean the difference between a mediocre day and a fantastic day. For those not looking to renovate the entire kitchen, small upgrades can go along way such as changing the doors and/or worktops can significantly transform the feel and look of your kitchen.