If you are the type who loves to host, you want a well-designed kitchen that focuses on entertaining. To ensure proper storage, work areas, and signature details to get your party started you likely need a new kitchen remodel. The ultimate kitchen welcomes great conversation, memorable meals, and a lifetime of memories, no matter if are a novice or professional chef, or a master of take-out. We at Straight Up Remodeling would like to further share some ideas for a kitchen designed for entertaining.
Kitchen Islands with Seating
One of the hottest tickets in entertaining is the kitchen island. From cooktops to artful hoods, an additional oven or microwave, and even prep sinks and slide-out cutting boards, the island offers many storage options and functionality. One dedicated for prep and the other for entertainment, some people prefer two islands. There are plenty of options to explore with you including workstations, additional counter areas, a peninsula and more if space limitations hinder the addition of an island.
Add Work Stations to Your Kitchen
If there is often more than cook in the kitchen, adding prep stations can be done by designing kitchens for additional chefs. Without a crowd in your workspace, you can have a kitchen where you can prep your signature paella. When you choose a coffee maker or espresso machine and stock surrounding cabinetry with teacups, mugs, and other glassware, a beverage station is also a big hit. Another big help will be a wine station stocked with ice, adult beverages, and mixers.
Kitchen Lounge & Seating Areas
For entertaining, abundant and cozy seating is imperative. To give guests a place to gather, relax and socialize, offering variations of relaxed to luxe seating. Traditional seating or a combination of both, guests gravitate to comfortable, well-placed seating areas, no matter if the kitchen of your dreams features bar stools.
Efficient Storage in Kitchen
A relaxed host in a clutter-free zone is always a good start. The storage isn’t always aesthetically pleasing, they are always functional. Storage solutions allow you to easily reach cooking and serving vessels, utensils, and plates. You can roll out and then quickly stow your spice collection. Usually, the Baking sheets and cutting boards have a specific place. Perfect for keeping foods warm during the party, and then doubling to stow dishes later are warming drawers.
Kitchen Countertop Potential
Functional surfaces will take your countertops to new levels with beautiful options. In addition to serving as a conversation piece for years to come, choosing from a variety of colors and designs that will catch your guests’ attention. Don’t be afraid to go bold with hues of gold, blue, or green if you are looking for a pop of color. For prepping and dining, standard countertops are the workhorse. Homemade meals are prepared, cookies are rolled out during the holidays, and where the dishes are left at the end of the night makes the countertops a busy surface year-round. Also serving as a high-top bar or a place for guests to lean on, tall countertops can hide dishes. The countertop area can later serve as a desk for work or school when not entertaining.
Custom Kitchen Details
To highlight a unique art or dishware collection in-cabinet lighting, think under cabinet lighting to add drama or invoke a party mood. Don’t forget cabinetry to house a sound system or flat-screen TV if music or sports importance.