Kitchen design ideas for entertaining guests
The kitchen is where guests will naturally congregate, whether you’re hosting a festive Christmas gathering, a New Year’s Eve bash or even a house-warming party. For this space to become the perfect area for entertaining, it needs to be both practical and attractive.
It’s important to create an inviting space that feels expansive, so guests feel relaxed to stand, sit and socialise and an open-plan layout is ideal for this purpose. Whilst an open-plan layout will also impress guests visually, this is not to say that the kitchen should be style over substance. It’s imperative that the kitchen remains functional and ergonomic, as the last thing you want is to feel flustered and frustrated when you’ve got guests to cater for. Incorporate a kitchen island, if you’re blessed with the space to do so, as this will enhance both the practical and social opportunities. Consider booking a free design consultation for more advice on designing the perfect kitchen layout.
You’ll want to use the cream of the crop of kitchen appliances to ensure that your food is cooked to perfection, as there’s nothing worse than a temperamental oven letting down your culinary skills. The latest ovens offer a number of impressive features for stress-free cooking and our guide to kitchen appliances has plenty of food for thought on this topic.
Specifically, opt for a kitchen island that has cooking appliances integrated and installed as this will allow you to face the rest of the room whilst preparing meals at the hob. It will also create a great talking point, as you’ll be able to wow guests with sizzling food, leaving you to feel like a celebrity chef. If you would like more detail on the range of appliances available, why not speak to one of our experienced designers?
For those looking to make a real statement, upgrade your kitchen with the latest technology. A downdraft extractor hood can be incorporated into the kitchen island, emerging only when needed and can be neatly tucked away once you’ve finished cooking. Plus, the latest models feature noise-optimised designs for quiet operation, so there’ll be no need for guests to be shouting over each other.