Family Kitchen Ideas

Stylish yet practical family kitchen ideas are about bringing everyone together, with space to cook, entertain and relax. Whether keeping an eye on tots, monitoring homework or sitting down to a huge Sunday roast, make family life easy with a modern luxury kitchen design from Roundhouse. 

Room to grow

Bespoke kitchen extensions are one of the most popular ways to achieve extra living space for a growing family. Modern open view kitchen extensions tend to be heavily glazed to prevent casting the original property into darkness. Glass doors, plus a lean-to glazed roof, encourages the light to flood right into the depths of this newly extended kitchen, creating a bright, uplifting environment in which to enjoy precious time together.  

Consider island safety

A modern kitchen island with seating will allow children to stay close but out of harm’s way while you’re busy cooking. Go for a large kitchen island worktop to allow plenty of room between the hob, luxury sink and prep space and the breakfast bar area. At least 300mm should keep knives and hot pans out of reach. Here, the breakfast bar is off-set to the marble island, keeping children well away from the heart of the kitchen, and providing plenty of space to spread out homework and art supplies.

Eat in

For many, including somewhere comfortable to sit down and catch up over dinner is pivotal to harmonious family life. Kitchen dining designs are in high demand as the trend for separate dining rooms declines but you don’t need a luxury big kitchen design to accommodate the dining room and kitchen in one space. Built-in banquette seating, as installed by Roundhouse experts for this family home, allows the dining table to be tucked into the corner, taking up minimal space. Hidden storage under the bench seating helps take the pressure off the kitchen cupboards, while a glass dresser in the same deep blue finish – Benjamin Moore’s Blue Note – ensures smooth cohesion throughout the dining room and kitchen design.

Make it low maintenance

A kitchen designed for busy families should be durable and easy to clean, but not at the sacrifice of style. The team of kitchen designers at Roundhouse can help establish the best way to combine child-friendly finishes and luxurious kitchen design. Flat fronted bespoke kitchen cabinets, without fussy raised detailing or protruding handles, are undoubtedly easiest to keep clean. Push-open and close fittings make it possible to dispense with handles entirely, but you may be left with sticky fingerprints on the most frequently used cupboards! This minimalist Roundhouse kitchen features recessed handles in antique brass to maintain the sleek look of a handleless contemporary kitchen design, but with added design interest. The Urbo doors are finished in a pale, hardwearing matt lacquer, which won’t show finger-marks in the same way that high gloss, dark finishes can.

What’s the best layout for a glass kitchen extension?

Large expanses of glass can restrict the wall space available for kitchen cabinets and appliances, calling for resourceful kitchen designs. A layout featuring a generous peninsula or modern custom kitchen island angled towards the garden, like this one, will allow you to monitor outdoor play while busy in the kitchen. Maximise usable wall space by installing floor-to-ceiling cabinets, with pantry style doors and integrated appliances. Position the dining table and soft seating nearest to the garden to enjoy the views while you eat, play and relax together.

Our expert kitchen designers can help you make the best choices for your Roundhouse bespoke kitchen or wardrobes. Visit any of our seven Roundhouse showrooms; Wigmore St, Clapham, Fulham, Richmond, Cambridge, Guildford & Cheltenham and get planning!