Creating A Family Friendly Kitchen

By 17th June 2015 GRK No Comments

When designing a new kitchen it is crucial to pay close attention to the way the space will be used so that it enhances the lifestyle of the clients and meets their expectations in terms of function. When coming up with designs for a family kitchen, knowing the way the family wish to use the space is the key to establishing the best layout to fit their needs.

Although it is wonderful to have a large space, a  great family kitchen is not dependent on size. An experienced kitchen designer will help you to maximise whatever space you have available, creating a beautiful and practical family kitchen that will provide the perfect backdrop for your busy family life!

Are you looking for some inspiration for your family kitchen? The features in these GRK kitchens will give you some great ideas…



This fun and homely looking kitchen has a distinct coastal vibe, the breakfast bar provides a great spot for homework and allows family members to be together whilst using the space for different functions.

Panelled cabinetry could be painted in a coastal blue or you could take inspiration from your favourite beach hut colour to bring your family kitchen to life!



This open plan layout is perfect for busy families, the neutral tones are complimented by the colour chosen for the darker grey cabinetry, echoed in the external doors. The kitchen island helps to define the space by creating a division between the cooking and dining areas.

The additional seating incorporated in the back of the island helps to create a more sociable and versatile space for the family and their guests. This family friendly design is ideal for entertaining!



Add reclaimed, vintage features for a laid back and comfortable look. Vintage features can be incorporated into your walls, floors or cabinetry, creating surfaces that you can be less precious about because the scuffs and marks simply add more depth to their story… Wear and tear is inevitable in a busy kitchen, but the vintage vibe couldn’t be more family friendly!



Making full use of the height in the room on at least one wall to incorporate a larder cupboard and maximise your storage space is a smart choice for families who need plenty of space for their kitchenalia and provisions.

Even in a smaller space, a larder is a sensible design feature, you would not believe how much you can fit in with one of these – they are just like a tardis!



A free standing cabinet provides you with the perfect focal point to display your favourite crockery, family treasures and vintage finds. Whatever you choose to display in it, a piece like this enables your family to express their own unique personality, using the objects and pieces that mean the most to them. In a growing family a special focal point like this will evolve and change as the years go by…



There is nothing boring about kitchens these days, the incredible choice of fixtures and fittings and features have seen kitchens develop spaces that are full of creativity and style. Create a unique splash back featuring a family photo or favourite image, hang your favourite oil painting on a feature wall, there are no rules; you can make up your own!