In most houses, the kitchen is the heart of the home. It needs to be fit for multipurpose – fit for a family by day and fit for a party by night, for instance. As the saying goes ‘you will always find me in the kitchen at parties…’
But how do you design a kitchen that can accommodate both whilst still reflecting the ‘wow’ factor? Kitchen design specialist Harvey Jones has utilised their expert knowledge to offer you the best advice and inspiration to help you create the kitchen that is the perfect medium between family living and a great party venue for all your guests.
1 – Add a peninsula or island for your guests to gather
A kitchen work surface that can be accessed from both the centre of the kitchen and outside can be utilised as a breakfast station and yet can also be quickly transformed into a buffet station to hold all your party nibbles. Barstools can be added to accommodate those who want to sit and enjoy the party food with a glass of fizz in their hand too.
2 – Create a drinks station
Every party needs a drinks station, or a bar. Tambour-fronted or double-doored breakfast stations are all the rage at the moment but can easily be turned into a bar for parties. Cereals, bread and biscuits can be easily replaced with glasses, snacks and cocktail-making essentials. Access to a plug enables you to add tech like a blender or ice machine to your bar, and incorporating a wine cooler or mini fridge into the design means your guests will always have access to their favourite tipple, chilled or poured over ice.
3 – Have plenty of places to sit
You can add a new dimension to kitchen seating by adding a bench to your design, or ensuring you leave room for an extending dining table. You want to have a place for your guests to gather and socialise together. In the early stages of designing your kitchen, you should consider where you might store extra chairs. Fold-away chairs are the easiest to conceal and store away until a party. You might want to consider building in a multipurpose utility cupboard where you can store these extra chairs alongside your vacuum, mop and bucket and your ironing board though. It’ll be a space that hides them away out of sight, but leaves them right at hand when you need them.
4 – Light it up
Nothing creates a party mood more than good lighting. Whilst you might not want funky, colourful lighting all year round, you may want to consider adding a few extras in the design process to make sure you have light settings for all occasions. Colour-change LED lights can be concealed underneath cupboards and island work surfaces, or below plinths and even behind glass splashbacks. This means you can have a little something up your sleeve to really help set the mood for your guests. Not only that, but zone lighting and dimmable switches help to define areas of the kitchen and create different moods suitable for any occasion whilst wowing your guests.
With a little help for Harvey Jones, you can design your perfect party kitchen in no time.