5 Tips on How To Create A Sensory-Friendly Kitchen

  1. Prioritise the layout
The Sensory Home by Pippa Jameson, sensory design, sensory kitchens

A higgledy-piggledy layout, insufficient storage or appliances in inconvenient places may cause unnecessary stress. If you’re redoing your kitchen, consider very carefully the floorplan that would work best for you and your space. Consider: how can you make the room feel as open and flowing as possible? And: how much storage do you really need, and where in the kitchen? Try to visualise yourself using the space, and schedule appointments with specialist kitchen designers, such as those at Magnet, to explore all your options.

  • Be mindful of lighting

Lighting may seem like a small element when you’re overhauling your kitchen, but it very often dictates how you use a space and how you feel within it. In a kitchen, you need multiple sources of artificial lighting. Bright task lighting is required for preparing meals, while softer lighting is ideal for dining and entertaining.

  • Texture is key
The Sensory Home by Pippa Jameson

Just because you’re unlikely to be looking to snuggle up in your kitchen, doesn’t mean that texture is a redundant element. You still need to consider how the floor feels underneath your feet, how the dining chairs feel to sit on, how functional cupboard handles are and how they feel to the touch. Then, there are the appliances to bear in mind – consider the texture of the hob and oven dials, and not forgetting the tap handle, too. Opt for furnishings which you feel comfortable using, and which contribute to the overarching sensory experience of the space.

  • Don’t forget about scent

Kitchens are fragrant by nature. Full of food and cleaning product scents – and sometimes less pleasant ones, too – they can be overwhelming places for those sensitive to certain smells. You can manage this by ensuring the room is well-ventilated to easily air out any unpleasant smells and investing in a good-quality extractor fan. Be mindful of bin placement, and consider storing your food waste in a compostable bag in the freezer to keep nasty scents to a minimum.

  • Incorporate natural elements

I chose oak-effect cabinetry because being around the colours, textures and patterns we see in nature helps to invoke a feeling of calm. This is worth bearing in mind when styling your own kitchen. You could opt for a wooden dining table and chairs, linen drapes or tablecloths, or potted plants and herbs. All provide a little nod to the tranquillity of nature. 

Take a look at how we created The Sensory Home Kitchen in collaboration with Magnet Kitchens

Photography by Jemma Watts

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