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Why The Kitchen Is The Heart Of The Home
Kitchens are said to be the heart of the home, and they're a place people naturally gravitate. Have you noticed that people often congregate in the kitchen at parties and gatherings? There’s something comforting about being in the kitchen. After all, it’s the room where our meals are created, and it's where we refuel our bodies but also our minds as we spend valuable mealtimes with our family. A room that was designed as a small basic space has changed over the years to become the very center of our homes.
History of the kitchen
American kitchens in the early 20th century are unrecognizable from the kitchens we are used to now. Early kitchens were usually at the back of the property, and they were very small, basic rooms. Kitchens had a practical purpose, with no real design; they simply housed the stove and equipment for work and laundry. As the years passed, kitchens gradually became more sophisticated, stylish and larger.
Refueling our bodies and minds
Kitchens are an essential room in our homes because it’s where we prepare our meals and eat. Taking the time to prepare healthy or indulgent meals for ourselves can be both soothing and uplifting. Many of us take comfort in food; whether we feel happy and are celebrating or feeling down and disheartened, we often reach for something tasty to eat - a satisfying treat or a celebratory meal. Being in the kitchen reminds us of this and brings us comfort.
The kitchen table
It used to be popular for dining tables to be located in a separate dining room and the kitchen kept just for cooking. However, it is now fairly standard to have a dining table, island with seating, or another eating area in the kitchen. Having an area to eat in the kitchen is incredibly useful and can be very valuable for family life.
For example, for busy breakfasts, it means that if people are coming and going at different times, they can all still spend some time together. If one person is up early and eating their breakfast, they can chat to the next person when they come down and start preparing theirs. The same goes for dinners, as busy family life means often people have to eat at different times due to work, clubs and sports. Having an eating area in the kitchen allows families to be together and come and go as needed.
If the kitchen is the heart of the home, the kitchen table surely is the heart of the kitchen. Not just a dining area, the kitchen table provides an area for family members to sit and chat with others in the kitchen. It also doubles up as a desk for those working from home or for children to complete their homework. Having an area like this in the kitchen means whoever is using the table is not working in isolation. Instead, they can still be in the midst of family life.
In addition to eating in the kitchen, kitchens have become fully multifunctional rooms. Over the years, kitchens have become larger because people wanted not only more space for cooking, but they wanted the extra room to create a flexible space. It became common for walls to be knocked down to provide space for extra comfortable seating areas. Often, the kitchen island serves as a divider between the cooking area of the kitchen and a living area. Providing a couch or cozy seating gives people an informal area to relax. There’s no need for people to be closed in different rooms on their own when the kitchen can provide a welcoming space for all. The introduction of technology such as TVs and speakers means that the kitchen feels less like a single-purpose cooking area and more like a flexible, multifunctional living area.
The kitchen is an ideal informal entertaining space. Everyone knows that people are drawn to the kitchen at parties and gatherings, but why is this the case? First, it's often where guests go when they first arrive to grab a drink and a bite to eat. But even after the guests have a drink in their hand, they remain in the kitchen because it feels welcoming and provides an informal and comfortable area for socializing. Some nice glasses, such as these Burgundy Glasses are ideal for times like these.
It is clear that the kitchen appeals to us on many levels. Not only does it provide us with food and drink, but it provides us with comfort and a sense of belonging.