The kitchen is often the heart of a home. It’s a room central for the whole family to gather at the end of a busy day, as well as a space that smells of the family’s favourite meal – a smell that simply ‘smells like home’. However, the kitchen is also a space that accommodates friends and family for any party occasion – a space for our nearest and dearest to gather and toast a celebration.
So how do you design a kitchen that’s fit for family living by day, but wows your party guests by night? Kitchen design experts Harvey Jones have stacks of advice and inspiration for you to design your perfect family kitchen that is party ready for any time of the year.
- Add a peninsula or island for your guests to gather
A work-surface that can be accessed from the core kitchen and the exterior can act as a multipurpose area – a breakfast bar come homework station that can then be easily transformed into a party buffet station for all your guests to gather. By adding a worktop overhang, you can slip barstools underneath which offer extra seating to your guests so they can socialise with you whilst you host.
- Create your own bar station
You’ll want to make sure you have somewhere to store your guest’s favourite tipple so that it is always at hand when they want a top up. Transform a tambour-fronted or a double-doored breakfast station into your very own make-shift bar by replacing your breakfast cereals with party glasses and cocktail paraphernalia. Incorporate a wine rack or cooler as well to store everyone’s favourite beverages, or really impress your guests by plugging in an ice machine or blender to serve fancy frozen cocktails for everyone to enjoy.
- Have plenty of places to sit
Bench seating is another way you can add another seating dimension to your kitchen. Alternatively, if you have the space, an extending dining table with extra chairs can be a great investment for a growing family that likes to host a party. However, those extra chairs will need to be stored somewhere. Therefore, in the early stages of planning you might want to consider a built-in multipurpose utility cupboard to store and hide away all your essentials, such as your vacuum, mop, ironing boards and, of course, those extra chairs. That way, they will be out of sight when they aren’t needed but easily accessible when you have guests over.
Light it up
Lighting is essential to creating the right mood. You might not want coloured lighting all year round, so colour-change LED lights and spot lights offer the ability to jazz up your lighting for a party whilst keeping things subtle day to day. You can incorporate these into your cupboards, under your worktops and under the plinths.
Additionally, you can zone your lighting and use dimmable light switches, so that you can create different moods in different parts of the room.