5 ways to create a happier kitchen you love

Stay positive while self-isolating with a healthy and happy kitchen.

But when you’re self-isolating and you’re spending more time in your kitchen than usual, it can start to feel tired and uninspiring. Now is a good time to give your kitchen a boost and make it feel like a space you enjoy spending time in.

So how do you bring happiness into your kitchen? We talked to Swedish-born interior designer and Electrolux Ambassador, Anna-Carin McNamara for her top tips on how to make your kitchen one of your favourite spaces in your home when you’re on coronavirus lockdown.

Interior designer Anna-Carin McNamara.

1. Never go to bed with a dirty kitchen

Clean the sink every night clean (and even polish it), so the next morning things are tidy for the start of the day. There’s nothing worse than waking up and seeing last night’s dinner mess. The Electrolux RealLife XXL fully integrated dishwasher (ESL8530RO) is larger than most dishwashers, meaning you can fit everything in and don’t need to worry about hand-washing or leaving dirty items for the morning.

The kitchen’s prep space blends past and present in this refreshing Federation-era home on Sydney’s North Shore.

(Credit: Photographer: Ryan Linnegar | Styling: Fiona Gould)

2. Add sentimental items

Bring your personality into the kitchen by using open shelving to display artwork and treasured items that bring you joy when you see them. It will make being in the kitchen feel like less of a chore to have touches of items you love.

3. Make each meal an occasion

Always set the table when you eat, don’t just save the tablecloth, place mats, candles and flowers for when you have guests over. It brings a sense of occasion to every meal, including breakfast, and can help build connections with loved ones while you’re self-isolating.

The vast kitchen dining table in this Cape Cod-inspired home on the Sunshine Coast is the perfect place for the family to gather.

(Credit: Photographer: Anastasia Kariofyllidis)

4. Integrate appliances

Where possible, integrate appliances to create a seamless look in your kitchen design. If they’re on display, make sure you coordinate with the joinery – it makes a big difference and since the kitchen is an area you’re likely to be in every day, you will notice the little things.

5. Organisation is key

Organise and plan your kitchen so the tools you use all the time are easily accessible, so that using them becomes second nature and you’re not spending time looking for specific utensils such as bowls, graters or crushers. Purchase good quality utensils so you’re not having to replace them often.

Bespoke kitchen joinery delivers functionality and plenty of storage in the butler’s pantry and kitchen of this idyllic waterfront home on the Gold Coast.

(Credit: Photographer: John Downs)

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