Today’s Kitchens are Really ‘Living Rooms’


The kitchen has become a hub for meeting and socializing in addition to its traditional function as the center of food preparation. Today’s kitchens are literally and figuratively the heart of the home. It’s not surprising that this area – where food preparation, serving, eating and other socializing takes place – has also become a central area for gathering together at different times of night and day.

Heart of the Home

In planning a home, keep in mind that the kitchen needs to be adjacent to the formal dining room, but also screened from its view. For obvious reasons, the kitchen should also be adjacent to the breakfast room, family room and pantry. It’s also practical for the kitchen to be near the garage or the door where groceries are brought into the home and garbage is carried out. The kitchen should not be part of a major traffic lane.

Lighting is an essential element in all interiors – but most especially in kitchens. Kitchens call for generous overall lighting for safety and efficiency. Ceiling, or surface-mounted fixtures such as recessed down lights or track lighting can provide adequate general light and eliminate shadows. It is also important to provide recessed or shielded lights over work areas and mounted under cabinets to illuminate counters.


Kitchen Cabinets

Another important consideration in planning your kitchen is efficient and adequate cabinet storage. There must be storage for different types of food, tableware and cleaning supplies. Where will you put small appliances, from coffee grinders, coffee makers and espresso machines to mixers, blenders and food processing equipment … and more. Storage should be planned so that countertops are not cluttered.

Making it Pretty

After the layout of the kitchen has been determined for maximum functionality, the designer turns to questions of aesthetics. At Perla Lichi Design we create the kitchen that is most appropriate for the home’s architectural design and the selected interior motif. Flooring, surface materials, wall colors and wall treatments are chosen to be harmonious with the rest of the home. The type of cabinetry and the finish are also decisions that flow from the overall concept.

The client’s individual taste and personality are emphasized in special areas of the kitchen, such as the choice of a custom backsplash or a specific style of stonework using mosaic, hand painted or customized ceramics.

Designers are bringing the strategies and philosophies that they use in the rest of the house into the kitchen, making it more and more like a living room. Kitchens are now social environment, a place specifically for entertaining, with plenty of space for mingling, eating and drinking.



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