Create an eating space that is the heart of the home

In this blog post we discuss how to create an eating space that you will want to spend time in! Read on for our tips and advice

Create an eating space that is the heart of the home

Our eating habits have changed enormously over the past 50 years and our eating spaces have changed too.

Time is now a valuable commodity and so preparation time for meals has become a dirty word. The way we use our eating areas has changed too. Kitchens are no longer small, dark, functional rooms with a sink, a stove, a few drawers and a table. Today they are light, airy, informal spaces with sleek wall-to-floor storage, big fridges, ranges, Microwaves, and many implements and appliances. They tend to be the heart of a house, where everyone gets together to chat and chill out as well as eat and cook. Often, they're the most glamorous room, too, with cathedral-beamed ceilings, cavernous space and walls of glass bringing the outside in.

Of course, this is not always achievable. At the other end of the spectrum, many people don't have a table and chairs and eat all their meals on the sofa in front of the television. Which is fine if you're a student or carefree couple, but less good for everyone else. Studies show that children benefit from eating at least four telly-free meals a week with their family. They have lower rates of obesity, fewer eating disorders, better exam results and less depression. So perhaps, surprisingly, a well-organised kitchen brings psychological as well as practical benefits. However, there's no point having a spanking kitchen if you've got a dodgy roof and leaky plumbing. But if your kitchen is dark and pokey it is unlikely to help sell your house. Think carefully about your options. Build sideways or backwards. Rethink your light sources and storage. Simple changes can make a big difference. Saint Jamie Oliver has made it cool for men to be creative about cooking so now pretty much every buyer, male or female, will be looking for a well-functioning kitchen area. It's a good idea to make sure you've got one, whatever the size of your home.