Summer is well underway in the UK, and boy what a corker it is proving to be with this incredible heat wave. With a Bank Holiday just around the corner, if you haven’t had the chance to summer-ready your kitchen, now is the perfect time to ensure your kitchen is ready for the inevitable BBQs that you are probably planning.
Here are 8 easy ways to a summer-ready kitchen:
Brighten your space. When the sun starts shining and you’re expecting more people to be passing through, it’s natural to want to brighten up your home to match the cheerful feel of outdoors especially when there’s a bigger connection between the inside of your home and the outdoors. However, don’t feel that you need to completely refurb your kitchen, or paint your walls, to achieve a brighter kitchen because there are lots of little things you can change to add a shot of colour.
Think happy, warm colour tones like pinks, greens, yellows, and purples. If you are keen to keep on trend, the Pantone 2018 Colour of the Year is Ultraviolet, which is a fantastic choice, especially if you love to experiment. The colour is said to be imaginative and “the use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energizes the communities that gather there and inspire connection.”
A few easy additions you could make include:
- Seat Covers
Add Flowers. Flowers are a simple way of adding colour, whilst also smelling amazing and looking pretty. Don’t feel that you must spend a small fortune however. Try to choose flowers that are in season and use any food that is included with them to ensure they live a long life.
Don’t be afraid to change up your flowers regularly and try different things. For example, some flowers look great on a window sill, whilst others might look better on shelves or in the middle of the kitchen table.
Rethink your Bin. First things first. Stop what you’re doing and clean your bin. The recent heatwave indicates that your kitchen waste is likely to be at a higher temperature than normal, which means only one thing: awful smells.
Once you’ve done that, you might want to rethink how you use your bin during the warmer weather. One idea to consider is replacing larger bin sacks with smaller ones, to encourage you to empty your bins more regularly; preferably daily.
Food wastage is the most common cause of smells in bins, so if you are looking for a more long-term solution, an alternative option could be a Waste Disposal Unit. Capable of removing food instantly and hygienically, a Waste Disposer will help to reduce not just smells, but a build-up of bacteria and insects.
Stock up on your Summer Essentials. Nothing is more stressful than deciding to have a last-minute BBQ on a beautiful summer evening, only to discover that you have run out of Tomato Ketchup. At this time of year, most of the major supermarkets and local butcher shops offer deals on BBQ meat packs, but you’ll also need:
- Side salad ingredients
- Snack items, such as crisps and dips
- Drinks (perhaps most importantly, don’t forget the ice. Either stock up on the ready-made variety or re-fill your ice maker and pop them in the freezer)
- Desserts, even if it’s just a tub of your favourite ice cream
Rotate and Replace your Appliances as Needed. Check that your smoothie maker still works and that your salad spinner has a functioning lid; it’s best to do this before you expect to need them so that you have time to replace any items that are broken.
Stock up and Replace Kitchenware. Make sure that you have enough plates, bowls, glasses etc to cater for the maximum number of guests you expect to be catering for, and replace anything that is broken, chipped or generally looking a little tired. Your guests don’t need expensive, but there’s nothing worse than a cut lip from a chipped beaker. Your local supermarket should have a nice range that is reasonably priced but still looks pretty.
Deep Clean. Whether you keep your sugar and condiments on shelves or in cupboards, chances are that there will be spills somewhere around them because it’s inevitable. However, spills smell delicious to bugs such as ants and flies, and the last thing you want is an infestation if you can avoid it. Therefore, it is crucial that you clear up any spills you might have missed, as well as the obvious worktops.
Taking the time to deep clean everything ensures that you don’t miss any potential nasty spots.
Reconsider your Seating. Essentially, do you have enough? Take time to think about how many guests you are expecting, and make sure you have more than enough to cover breakages or unexpected new boyfriends turning up.
If you have limited space, collapsible stools are practical as they provide easy seating that can be easily stored away when not needed.
If you are looking to replace your existing kitchen furniture, our B-Spoke range has some beautiful products.
Think Floors. Floors are often forgotten, however, think muddy paws, dirty shoes and sandy feet. All of which are likely to be dragged across your beautiful kitchen floor as your friends and family enjoy your garden more. If you have laminated flooring, you might want to consider putting something down to protect it from the onslaught of more traffic, for example, a pretty rug or even a runner.
Perhaps even consider creating a cute place for everyone to put their shoes when they come indoors.
Kat Musselwhite – HT Blogger