Home is where the heart is, but perhaps the saying should really be, the kitchen is where the heart is. Once the central hub for cooking, the modern kitchen is now designed as a multi-purpose space where you not only cook, but also eat, work and socialise.

So if you’re looking for kitchen design ideas, check out our top tips to help transform the kitchen into the heart of your home.

Open-plan kitchens

An open-plan kitchen is crucial for those looking for a sociable space, blending the kitchen with an adjoining living room or dining area will instantly increase space and create more design possibilities.

A larger kitchen space also means that you can watch the kids while cooking or host guests on an evening.


A central island

If you have the space, a kitchen island can transform a kitchen into your very own social hub, proving a popular hangout space for the whole family. Plus a kitchen island can be useful to help divide your open plan space, helping you to switch off after dinner or move away from the kitchen area.

An island can also serve as an area to grab a quick bite to eat or even be used as a cook’s theatre.

A light and bright space

A well-lit space can create a welcoming space that encourages people to want to hang out in it. Apart from natural lighting, choosing the right number and type of kitchen lights will help to make a big improvement in creating a warm space.

Plus enhance your lighting by opting for light and warm coloured kitchen doors and worktops as opposed to darker tones. Mirrors are an inexpensive way to reflect your kitchen’s light and give the impression of a larger space.


A clutter-free space is imperative when transforming your kitchen space, it not only creates a more inviting space but also a hub for people to relax with a glass of wine or an evening snack.

Plus for those with young children the height of storage can help hide breakables but also provide a valuable learning space for children, allowing them to access plastic bowls and cups.


If you’re looking to transform your kitchen into the heart of your home, then it has to work like a liveable space. Function should be prioritised over form, choose comfort over style and think about choice of colours in the kitchen space. Those with small children or pets may want to go for something darker.

At Lagan Homes every home is different, every location unique. Speak to our expert team who will be on hand to help find your dream home.