Creating a multipurpose space
“As a result of the continually evolving ways we use our homes, there has been an increase in popularity for multipurpose kitchen spaces. No longer just a room for food preparation, the kitchen has established itself as a place to work, entertain and even complete homework.
“It’s possible to maximise an interior’s capability to meet the growing demands of a flexible lifestyle by creating an environment that best suits our needs. When it comes to designing a multipurpose kitchen, it’s important to choose materials that are a good fit for the activities you intend to carry out in the space. For example, if you’re a cooking enthusiast, installing a splashback that’s easy to clean – particularly behind a hob – is a must. Incorporating a low maintenance, sturdy, wipeable surface should also rank highly if you plan to spend family time baking or carry out crafts.
“If you’re looking for a clever way to segregate areas of your kitchen, consider opting for a combination of thick and thin surfaces that can serve different purposes. Combining 12.5mm compact laminate with 38mm laminate surfaces in this way can add flexibility and interest to a kitchen’s practical space, without the need to completely reconfigure the room.
“Using splashbacks to cleverly zone a space is a great tactic to create a multifunctional kitchen. For example, by opting for a statement finish in one area and a pared-back option in another, you can easily create a feeling of divide between different areas of your kitchen.
“The eye will naturally be drawn to the bolder splashback, so I’d recommend using these types of designs in the area that’s most used, such as behind a frequently used countertop space, hob or sink. You can then use splashback panelling across the wider kitchen to divide it from these key zones.