What takes place in the average kitchen

The average kitchen hosts 171 arguments and 2,800 cups of tea every year

New research has revealed exactly what takes place in the average British kitchen – and it’s not just the cooking up of culinary storms.

According to the study, conducted by a leading UK Appliance Manufacturer, the typical cook-space is host to 2,828 sips of tea, 171 arguments and – pucker up – 463 kisses. The research found 70% of Brits consider the kitchen to be the heart of their home, and the setting for many essential life events.

Three parties a year – whether planned or spontaneous – are hosted each year, with 166 drinks spilt, 182 children’s tantrums and 72 spontaneous discos (thank you, Alexa) taking place in the average cook-space.

The study also investigated the ‘male’ and ‘female’ jobs that take place within the kitchen, finding the split between who does what sits as follows:

– 65% of food-prep is taken care of by women
– 45% of the washing-up is done by men
– 67% of the rubbish taking-out is done by men

The study also explored the appliances Brits would most likely love to have in their kitchens, with a large American-style fridge (44%), underfloor heating (38%) and freestanding island (37%) topping the wish list. Just under a third (32%) dream of having a breakfast bar, 31% want a double-oven and 29% want a range cooker. Let our designer know what’s most important for your new Kitchen and Forth Kitchen will ensure they incorporate your must have item.

Speaking about the research, Forth Kitchens comments: “This research shows just how integral the kitchen is to the family home. It’s a place of treasured moments, spontaneous fun and life-changing events. Forth Kitchens has been proud to feature in family kitchens for many years, and it’s clear to see that even as modern family life has developed, the kitchen remains the beating heart of the home”.

light up your kitchen guide

Light Up Your Kitchen

Forth Kitchens are experts in creating beautiful kitchen designs and installing them. We can also work on a complete project management basis taking ownership of any construction, electric and plumbing works required.

We can ensure the entire process is stress free and the finished result is as the customer envisaged or exceeds all expectations.

Most people believe that lighting accessories can be left until the final moment – even an afterthought – it can be, but we would recommend adding lighting to your initial kitchen design as it can make or break the kitchens ambience.

Kitchen Ceiling lights

Ceiling lights are what most customers initially think of, and yes, they are vitally important both aesthetically and practically.

Ceiling lights can be made a feature of – a beautiful crystal chandelier or a row of four to five identical light shades over a kitchen island also look very effective, almost like a centre-piece.

If you don’t want lighting to be a feature, why not add spot lights and a dimmer switch so an ambience can still be created when required.

Kitchen Unit lights

Up lighting can add depth and elegance to any kitchen. By adding clear or coloured bulbs to under kitchen units (both high cupboards and lower based storage solutions) creates an added wow factor and a real talking point!

Kitchen LED floor lights

By adding LED lighting to the bottom of your units or having LED spots installed into your floor tiling, makes your kitchen pop. LEDS can be clear, coloured and even have settings to change the colour depending what mood you are looking to create.

LEDs are also great value for money and have long life spans.

When it comes to your new kitchen design, make sure lighting is a priority. It really could light up your life or leave you in the dark!

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Decorate Small Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of every home, no matter its size. With smaller sized kitchens it can sometimes be a little tougher to decorate to get the most from it.
Here are some Do’s and Dont’s when it comes to small kitchen décor:


  • Use fresh, neutral colours to make the room feel more spacious
  • Create a feature wall to make the eye feature on that wall rather than the size of the room
  • If a dining table will fit in your kitchen, use one that can fold or be placed right up against a wall
  • Dining tables with benches are also a really good idea
  • Coordinate matching coloured smaller pieces throughout the space to create a visual flow.
  • A splash of colour can add depth – be it with units or accessories
  • Storage – is key! Keep work surfaces clutter free
  • Straight lines work wonders in small rooms, try adding large floor tiles or wooden flooring to create the feel of a longer, larger floor space
  • Lighting is also very important – add the wow factor to your small kitchen with a unique light fixture or funky chandelier
  • If you have high ceilings – make the most of them
  • Gloss kitchens reflect light and therefore give the perception of space
  • Throw colour palettes out the window and simply display your collection of cookbooks on the shelf to add plenty of colour
  • If you have a window – make a feature of it –and ensure no light is stopped from entering the room.


  • Don’t use dark, heavy colours too much, this can really draw a room. This could be the use of paint or wall tiles
  • Don’t choose a dark worktop, try to go for a white or natural wood tone.

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