By Aidan Payne. The Kitchen. Published at Thursday, April 19th, 2018 - 02:50:36 AM.
The television in the kitchen has also evolved beyond a budget 14 inch box perched on top of the refrigerator with funny rabbit ears. With the cost of LCD and plasma TV's coming down in price, the smaller ones are becoming highly favoured for use in the kitchen. The new technology screens are so flat that they can easily be mounted anywhere, where there is a vacant space. There are also water proof versions available. The kitchen TV can be mounted directly onto the wall in a fixed position or onto a hinged bracket that can be swiveled for optimum viewing. If available wall space is a problem, then there are kitchen TV models that can unfold from the ceiling and swivel. Technology has also solved the overall size issue and extra stuff is packed into a small package. You can now get a television that has a built in DVD player. Optional extras can be hard drive storage to USB connections for mp3 players or ipods. Because of the kitchen TV there is no longer a need for a hifi system. The sound quality on most kitchen televisions has enough volume and quality for even the discerning ear.
Even if you happen to be short of space, try to keep surfaces clean and free of clutter. Not having enough space to move when you are doing a range of tasks or preparing food, can be a recipe for disaster. Keep areas neat and tidy, keeping everything you need close at hand. It is easy for the workspace to become greasy and dirty and this can lead to issues with bacteria so keeping on top of cleanliness across all areas, i.e. worktops, hob and oven surfaces, floor and wall coverings is all part of good housekeeping, whilst protecting the health of your friends and family.
Create an Ever-Evolving Accent Wall. This is the first idea we ever had after discovering the joys of chalkboard paint. Simply create your chalkboard between a pair of windows, on a small wall, or even make a border near the ceiling. The options are limitless - the placement does not even have to be convenient, as long as you do not plan to make constant changes. Use chalk markers instead of regular pieces of chalk to create a stunning graphic mural right on your kitchen wall. Did we mention that we love chalkboard paint? It is a simple, effective way to give your kitchen some quirky character. Just make sure to invest in dust-free chalk (teachers swear by it) to keep the dust off your food and dishes - after all, the kitchen chalkboard is all about functionality and convenience.
Do you remember the kitchen from your childhood? Do you remember how it was the heart and soul of the home? Not only did all the meals get created there and many meals get eaten there, but that is where major decisions were made, "heart to heart" conversations were had and where visitors might have been greeted. Today, in my own kitchen, it is not much different. The same important things are happening there. The kitchen is also where homework gets done, art projects get praised, and blogs get written. And very importantly, it is where lifelong lessons about food and nutrition are taught and learned.
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