Designing a Kitchen For Entertaining: How To Get It Just Right...
When you dream of your stunning new kitchen, the first thing that may come to mind is the entertaining potential, whether that is hosting Sunday family dinners or lavish cocktail parties. Not only do you want your guests to be impressed by your taste, but you also want a kitchen that will help you host effectively, with space, storage and smart appliances that can ease the experience.
Our kitchens are premium quality and bespoke to fit your home and your needs. Before you start the designing process with us, read on for the key ways to build a kitchen that doubles up as a practical space as well as a potential party zone.
Zoning your space
Whether your kitchen is large or small, the key to creating a practical space is to consider how you use it. Thinking about where you cook, which area you like to socialise in and where you serve food will mean that your kitchen layout will ease your daily routine.
If you opt for an island, ensure that passageways are open to make appliances more accessible and easy to use, while also accounting for space for guests to gather. Alternatively, an open plan kitchen may mean that you can zone off larger areas of the room that will keep the noise and smell of the cooking area completely away from an entertaining corner.
When you’re hosting a dinner party, it's realistic to think that you will have to run the dishwasher a few times, but you still want to be able to hear your guests talk over the noise of the machine, right? Investing in appliances that are designed for modern life and entertaining is key in creating a harmonious environment where you can sit back and relax.
For accommodating large numbers of guests, hot water taps will make it quick to make brews or fill up large pans of water while warming drawers and double ovens will help you to serve up hot meals to your guests. Likewise, wine coolers will add a sophisticated touch to any space, preserving your wines and creating a visual attraction.
Plenty of storage
Gone are the days of large cupboard spaces making up the majority of your kitchen design. There are now many innovative storage solutions that will hide clutter while providing easy access to crockery.
Drawers within drawers will house cutlery and smaller items, while being concealed in the appearance of a larger more linear cabinet. Equally, pull out racks in larders or corner cupboards will enable you to use every inch of space without losing any runaway spices at the back of the shelf.
While everyone wants an aesthetically pleasing, beautiful kitchen, choosing your kitchen design also means considering finishes that will stand the test of time. Opting for a couple of complementing materials on your fitted kitchen and island will help to zone your space as well as suit the practical uses of both spaces.
Contrasting natural textures in your entertaining space will create a warm, homely environment and balance out functional materials such as granite in the parts of your kitchen that need to be more durable.
Are you looking to start designing your dream kitchen? Contact us today to book an appointment at our showroom.