The kitchen, as we often like to say, is the heart of your home. It’s where you gather to cook and eat together, at the beginning and end of each day: and it’s where you welcome friends for a quick drink or bite to eat. If you use your kitchen for entertaining, here are 5 ideas to turn it into a social space.
Choose a central meeting place
Some kitchens are too small for entertaining – for example, a tiny galley-style kitchen. But if you have the room, then try to include space for socializing in your kitchen design.
Choose something that matches your personal style. In a more traditional design, that might be a homey dining table with plenty of seats. If you prefer a modern style, then think about installing a breakfast bar, or a kitchen island with bar seating.
Install the right equipment
Fitted bars are very popular in kitchen renovations right now. Or, if you like to mix things up, consider a portable drinks trolley that can go wherever the party is. Once again, your choice will depend on the overall design of your kitchen. Make sure that all the different elements fit harmoniously together.
Keep surfaces clear
It’s impossible to entertain guests in a crowded, cluttered space. So before your friends come over – clear the decks! Make sure that your kitchen remodel includes plenty of storage space, shelving and cabinets so that you can keep everything in good order.
Provide a conversation piece
Looking for something to round off your kitchen design? Add a statement piece. Not only does it enhance the design, but it also gives your guests a conversation piece.
Here are a few suggestions:
- accent walls or accent tiles
- natural stone sinks or counters
- antique vases with fresh flowers
- tabletop sculptures made of wood or stone
- original artwork
Open up the room
Finally, don’t forget to make use of the space around your kitchen. Add French windows so that you can easily spill over into the garden – or at least install large windows so your guests can enjoy the view.