There’s nothing more satisfying on a Saturday night than a glass of wine and cooking for friends. But maybe your kitchen has a less than cooperative layout for an in-kitchen party.
What you need is a kitchen that allows you to carry on a conversation with your guests while you wow them with your cooking skills. Here’s a list of the must-haves for your kitchen entertaining.
Open floor plans are nothing new and are an absolute must for you, especially when you have more than a few guests. As you plan your remodel think about the spaces that you use the most at your gatherings.
Provide easy movement and communication between th
e kitchen, living area, and the deck. This way, even when your parties are too big for your kitchen, your guests can use other spaces and still feel like a part of the group.
2. Design & Decor
The décor and design of your entertaining space can go a long way to inviting the party spirit. A beautiful kitchen needs little decoration to feel festive. Choose materials that make this one of the best spaces in the house.
Consider the durability of your selections in addition to their appearance. After all, it is a space that you’ll use every day and it should be able to stand up to your activities without showing wear and tear.
3. Mini Bar
If your evenings center around a glass of rare vintage, you may want to install a bar station that has everything you need right on hand: wine cooler, glasses, etc.
Separate your mini bar from the hustle and bustle of the prep space so your guests can enjoy the wine without getting in the way of the cooking.
4. Semi-Circular Island
A curved island circles up your guests for some great conversation—and you can be right in the middle of the action while you continue to cook.
Natural stone is a great option for this type of island because they can be custom cut to your specs. Granite countertop is a favorite for the kitchen because it is both durable and beautiful. Engineered stone countertop combines the beauty of stone and the durability of technology for a countertop that is the best of both worlds.
5. In-Kitchen Storage
A little storage space in the kitchen for linens, china, and your other favorite entertaining pieces allows you to have everything at your fingertips so you don’t have to miss a minute of the party.
6. Comfortable Seating
Plan for plenty of seating in your entertaining area. A window seat, nook, cushions on the stools and dining seating, and even some swanky lounge-type couches make the kitchen an inviting place to nestle down for a comfortable evening.
7. Flow Design
Even if your entertaining space isn’t as open as you’d like it to be, you can unify it as a space with your design choices. Connect the green foliage of your outdoor space by incorporating green into your kitchen backsplash or use the same color scheme for several entertaining rooms. The flow you create by harmonizing design elements makes it feel like one space instead of two or three.
8. Party Style
Your remodel design should reflect the type of entertaining you like to do. If your style is formal, be sure to make the dining room the center of your plans. If your style is to mingle, create your design around a spacious buffet. If you prefer to bar-b-que, make the outdoor kitchen
9. Luxury Appliances
A few special appliances can make your entertaining equally as special. Warming drawers help you keep appetizers warm until it’s time to serve them. A flat-screen television is important if your entertaining involves sporting events. A wine cooler keeps beverages on hand.
10. Raised Countertops
Multi-level countertops—where the island or bar is a bit higher than your prep space—hide the mess of cooking but lets you be a part of the party. Higher countertops are also great for standing guests to lean on.
With so many hard surfaces in the kitchen, it can get loud and echo-y. Turn down the volume by adding soft elements. Plenty of cushions, pillows, rugs, and soft furniture in the kitchen or in the adjoining rooms reduce the noise so you don’t feel like you’re in a busy restaurant on a Saturday night.
Design your kitchen remodel around your love of entertaining. Use a few of these ideas to get your creative juices flowing and soon you’ll have a design that fits your style perfectly.