By ggfp. Kitchen. At Friday, November 09th 2018, 17:58:18 PM.
Ensuring that the light fixtures are directing light to the appropriate places, and that it lights up those subtle corners that otherwise would have been so dark and dismal, has made such a difference to the amount of use we have noticed from the entire space.
In the days before electricity changed everything in our lives, family kitchens in modestly sized homes were large but simply appointed rooms. They contained a solid fuel heat source for cooking (a fireplace or a coal or wood stove) and a built-in sink, with or without running water. Everything else was a piece of furniture. The icebox was elegantly made of wood, as were the central dining/work table, cupboards, pie safes and pantries. The family kitchen was the central work/social place of the home too where family members, sometimes in the company of friends performed most domestic chores and socialized with each other.
I'm sure you've read plenty of other guides that proclaim to offer the 'top 10 tips' for something or other, that, in the end, turn out to be lists of highly generalised, unhelpful statements about things that you already knew i.e. \"Remember to set a budget, and stick to it!\", as if you were deliberately going to set a budget and then do your utmost to spend more than you intended.