The kitchen for me is definitely my favourite place in the house. When we were house shopping last year, if the kitchen was small or ugly it was a definite no. When I imagined us in our own house, I always pictured a lovely big spacious kitchen with everything organised. I love cooking and I cook every night, so the kitchen for me is an important spot in the house. It’s always the gathering point when we have guests round for parties and the place where the cocktails are waiting and the buffet is displayed. If this is the case for you also then you may wonder how you can design a kitchen that’s fit for these purposes.
Harvey Jones, who are kitchen design experts, have stacks of advice and inspiration to help you design the perfect kitchen that is fit for all occasions:
Include an island
Having a central area in the kitchen space is ideal for day-today living and especially for a party. It can serve as a breakfast bar, chopping station, storage place and can easily be transformed into a buffet area for any occasion. This will be the prime spot for guests to gather, and sit at if you have the space to also add stools.
Create a bar
A tambour-fronted or double-doored breakfast station can be transformed into a bar station for guests’ all important beverages. Replace your breakfast cereals and toaster with champagne flutes, cocktail-making paraphernalia and snacks. Also impress your guests by incorporating a wine cooler or mini beer-fridge in the early design stages. Their favourite tipple will always be at hand, and chilled.
Have plenty of places to sit
Whilst islands provide bar seating, another popular dimension is bench seating – or alternatively, if you have the space for it, an extending dining table is a great investment. You can add extra seats for your guests, or host a dining party for close friends and family.
In the design stages, it is also worth considering a built-in utility cupboard as it’ll be a space to hide away all your essentials such as the vacuum, ironing board and mop – and of course, those extra chairs. Out of sight, but always at hand when you need them.
Light it up
Good lighting is key to creating a good party atmosphere. We aren’t talking about disco balls and strobe lights, think colour-change LED strips and spot lights that can be put inside cupboards, under worktops and around the plinths. They are perfect for adding a little something at a party. You could also consider zoning your lighting and adding dimmable switches so that you can define areas and create different moods quickly and easily.
What essentials do you have to make your kitchen the perfect party spot? X