Here are some key features and design elements of a sensory kitchen:

Pippa Jameson designs The Sensory Home kitchen using a nature inspired kitchen by Magnet
Nordic Nature Kitchen, Magnet
  1. Sight: Use of colours, textures, and lighting to create visual appeal and set the mood. This can include colour-coordinated cabinetry, countertops, and appliances, as well as adjustable lighting that can be dimmed or brightened depending on the time of day or activity.
  2. Smell: Incorporation of natural materials, such as wood and stone, that emit soothing scents. Aromatic herbs and spices can be displayed in glass jars or hung from racks, allowing their fragrance to permeate the space. Ventilation systems should be designed to efficiently remove cooking odours while maintaining a pleasant aroma in the kitchen.
  3. Taste: Designing a kitchen layout that encourages creativity and experimentation with flavours. This could include a dedicated area for growing fresh herbs, as well as easy access to a wide variety of spices, oils, and vinegars. High-quality cooking tools and appliances should be available to help users create delicious meals. Creating a central seating area for social interaction and mealtimes for valuable sensory connections.
  4. Touch: Use of various textures and materials to create a tactile experience. This could include smooth countertops, rough stone walls, or soft fabric curtains. Ergonomic design should be a priority, with comfortable seating and easy-to-use appliances that reduce strain on hands and wrists.
  5. Sound: Incorporating calming sounds into the kitchen environment, such as gentle music or white noise systems. Appliances should be designed to operate quietly, reducing the noise pollution typically associated with busy kitchens.

To create a sensory kitchen, designers should focus on the integration of these elements in a cohesive and harmonious way, ensuring that the space is both functional and enjoyable for users.

Image: Nordic Nature Kitchen by Magnet. Photography Jemma Watts