Who doesn’t love a party? Inviting friends and family over is a wonderful way to show your love, and when it comes to entertaining, the kitchen is truly the heart of the home. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the best features to have in your kitchen design if you want to be the host with the most.
Space & Storage
There’s no such thing as “too big” when it comes to the kitchen, but utilizing your space effectively is the real name of the game. We love seeing a kitchen with plenty of countertop space. You’ll be thankful for it when you have room to cook, clean, plug in kitchen appliances, set out food dishes and more.
This goes hand-in-hand with having enough storage to put things away. Cooking and entertaining is made much more hectic if there are no cabinets to put away small appliances when not in use and when all your dishes are crowded on the counters. We recommend having designated spaces and cabinets that are big enough to hide away all your blenders, mixers, crock pots, bread makers and more to keep your kitchen clean and tidy.
Lastly, everyone loves a kitchen island. They’re great for guests to sit at to eat hors d’oeuvres, have a drink and chat. Plus, they give you, the host, a slight degree of separation. You can keep the cooking magic in a specific zone while still being available to talk and be a part of the party.
More space means less clutter, which always makes for a tidier and trendier kitchen.
Gathering and gabbing over drinks is a trademark party move. Whether it’s cocktails or coffee, having space dedicated in your kitchen for drinks immediately elevates your get-together. High-end espresso machines and milk steamers can be a beautiful addition to your decor, and there’s a timeless sophistication to a classic bar setup. If you’re more into beer or wine, having a special wine cooler or built-in tap allows happy hour to be anytime for you and your guests.
It should go without saying that the right appliances go a long way when building the perfect kitchen—especially one for entertaining. Not only do you want the best fridge, ovens, dishwashers, etc., they need to be beautiful and go with your kitchen aesthetic. When it comes to entertaining, having appliances that help speed up the cooking process are a wonderful addition. Having double ovens for baking sides or entrees and extra stove-top burners for keeping multiple pans or sauces hot will help you ensure everything comes out at the same time.
The worst part about hosting is that many times you aren’t able to actually enjoy the party and your company. Building a spacious kitchen with open sight lines will make it so that even if you’re pulling something out of the oven, you can still see and hear everything that’s going on. Consider glass range hoods and pendant lights so that your view is never obstructed.
Clean-Up Made Easy
Lastly, you never want your place to seem messy, so it’s important to have the means to easily clean the kitchen as you go. Features like double sinks and large, efficient washers or even double dishwashers can help you move dirty dishes out of sight and out of mind.
Think we missed anything? Tell us what kitchen design feature is your must-have for entertaining!