The Perfect Kitchen for Entertaining
There are so many things to consider when planning for an amazing kitchen used primarily for entertaining and we hope to address these in this article.
A well thought out kitchen plan is essential for creating the perfect kitchen for entertaining. The flow around the room is essential and thinking about where guests would congregate is key to making this work. Ordinarily, a kitchen island is the focal point of a room and where most guests would congregate as an island can make a great place from which to serve drinks and canopes. Although it’s a touch more commercial, stainless steel worktops can work well here although a porcelain top that is stain and scratch resistant may be a good option here too.
With an entertaining kitchen, you need to consider high quality finishes throughout. If you can curate different textures and materials that are eye-catching, it creates a talking point when hosting guests. They will want to touch and feel and open units if the finishes and quality are inviting enough – your kitchen is something you should be able to be proud of and want people to ask about.
If entertaining a lot you want to choose kitchen cabinets that are easy to clean, just to make your life a bit easier. A lot of larger homes we work in also have secondary kitchens that are specifically to make mess in. Whilst this is not achievable for everyone, if you were able to put a sink and dishwasher in your utility room, dishes from the evening can be taken straight into the utility room so your guests aren’t staring at dirty dishes all evening!
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Okay it doesn’t have to be wine but definitely consider some sort of drinks fridge or wine storage. It’s so practical to have drinks easily on hand and if exposed for all to see, it creates another talking point. Ask your kitchen designers if there is some way to fit in either a bar area, some wine storage or a drinks fridge as this will elevate your hosting game! Another thing to consider is a champagne trough, possibly on the island. This can be plumbed in and filled with ice. During the evening you can fill this with drinks and at the end of the night simply remove the unused drinks and watch the water run away.