Kitchens are not only the heart of the home, but also the social hub. From family meal times, to coffee mornings, to parties, the kitchen is the place to be in the home
We’ve pulled together some expert advice to ensure you create your ideal social space…
Create a social hub in your kitchen for friends and family by adding an island unit or a breakfast bar. This will define the area, create space and make it more sociable for guests. Introducing a wrap around seating area as shown in The Astral Crème will ensure there’s lots of comfy room for guests to sit and relax.
A variety of lighting in the kitchen is a great way to change the overall look and atmosphere of the space. Plinth lights can be added to create a stunning effect and LED spotlights in blue or white can create a funky party vibe.
Wine coolers are a welcome addition when hosting. Not only can you create your very own mini wine cellar, but these handy appliances will keep the white wine crisp and chilled, and the red wine slightly warm.
American fridge freezers have plenty of space making them ideal for large families and storing platters of food for parties. Some even come with icemakers ensuring your guest’s drinks are always ice cold.
Don’t forget about having a coffee machine in your kitchen. It’s the perfect appliance to not only perk you up on a morning, but will give your guests a real café culture experience for those long overdue catch-ups.
A steaming hot water tap, such as the InSinkErator HC1100 is a great appliance for a sociable kitchen. It saves lots of time and energy when you’re cooking and even when making a cuppa. No need to boil any water or wait for it to heat on the hob, just a pull of the handle and 98-degree and cold filtered water is all yours.
4. FINISHING TOUCHES
Finishing touches like the Elica Star cooker hood are not only practical, but very stylish and on trend for 2013. As well as looking glamorous in the kitchen, the Elica Star also provides the function of removing steam, smells and airborne food/grease particles during cooking and will no doubt be a talking point with guests.
Cocktail bar brackets are a great way to increase the space of your work surfaces and will also provide a handy area for guests to leave drinks.