For many of us, spending as little time in the kitchen as possible is the aim of the game. But as one of the highest-traffic spaces in the home, creating a functional space is the key to it becoming an area that brings joy - whether you’re cooking, cleaning or simply enjoying a moment of relaxation.

Electrolux Partner, Anna-Carin McNamara (ANNA CARIN Design), has shared her expert tips on how to bring happiness to your kitchen.

Add sentimental items

Bring your personality into the kitchen by using open shelving to display artwork and treasured items that bring you joy when you see them. It will make being in the kitchen feel like less of a chore to have touches of items you love.

Integrate appliances

Where possible, integrate appliances to create a seamless look in your kitchen design. If they’re on display, make sure you coordinate with the joinery – it makes a big difference and since the kitchen is an area you’re likely to be in every day, you will notice the little things.

Make each meal an occasion

Always set the table when you eat, don’t just save the tablecloth, place mats, candles and flowers for when you have guests over. It brings a sense of occasion to every meal, including breakfast, and can help build connections with loved ones and friends you share your living space with.

Never go to bed with a dirty kitchen

Clean the sink every night clean (and even polish it), so the next morning things are tidy for the start of the day. There’s nothing worse than waking up and seeing last night’s dinner mess. The Electrolux RealLife XXL fully integrated dishwasher is larger than most dishwashers, meaning you can fit everything in and don’t need to worry about handwashing or leaving dirty items for the morning.

Paid partnership with Anna-Carin McNamara

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