It’s the holiday season, and this means family gatherings and parties. If you like to host events in your home, you know that the kitchen tends to be the gathering point for guests. Gone are the days of mingling in a formal parlor while food is prepared and ferried out from a separate kitchen. Read more here to find out how to design your kitchen for entertaining.
Many factors influence your final kitchen design, but you and your family are at the heart of this room. You are likely to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, in particular standing at the sink. The sink takes center stage for washing hands, preparing food, and clean up. Most meals begin and end at the sink, so think very carefully about where you want to spend this time.
Islands are a must have feature for most kitchen designs. Where space allows, a kitchen island (or sometimes two) take center stage in the room. They offer extra work space, plus additional kitchen cabinet storage and seating. Depending on the size of the island, the style of your kitchen, and how you use the space, island seating could be used for casual dining, entertaining, or doing homework. They offer a place for people to sit and talk or eat while the host is busy cooking or cleaning up. Some homes even use their island seating more often than a kitchen or dining table. Does island seating sound like a perfect fit for your kitchen design?
The kitchen faucet plays a key role in the basic functioning of a kitchen. Imagine your kitchen without neatly dispensed hot and cold running water. Impossible, right? Fully functioning plumbing and ready availability of water is such a basic requirement in a kitchen design, and the faucet is its handy delivery system. Beyond the functional aspect of the faucet, it also plays a lead role in your kitchen design style. If you think all faucets look the same, think again. Here is a simple guide to get you started in picking the right faucet for your next kitchen renovation.
Just like jewelry completes an outfit, hardware is the finishing touch for a kitchen design. Jewelry may be one of the last things you select, but the outfit would not be complete without it. The jewelry you pick elevates your style and brings out your personality, and the same outfit can be dressed up or down for different events by changing accessories. In the same way, hardware choices make a kitchen renovation feel casual or formal, traditional or contemporary, rustic or modern. Hardware must coordinate with other product selections, such as cabinet finish, countertops, backsplash, and more. Your kitchen design professional can help you navigate these product choices and find the ideal hardware selection, but here is a 5-step guide to get you started.
Kitchen designs have become larger, multi-purpose spaces that take on a central role in the home and family life. As more activity takes place in the kitchen, the design, layout, and workflow of this space is more important than ever. This is why so many kitchen are now organized according to work zones, with perhaps a food preparation, cooking, baking, dining, study, and even pet zones. Each area has a specific purpose around which it is organized, and all zones fit together in the overall kitchen layout to work in harmony. What about a beverage zone?
Does your kitchen have hidden recesses that swallow up utensils, dishes, and spice jars – just when you need to find them? These “black holes” in kitchen cabinets tend to occur in hard to access areas like corners or deep pantry shelves. Kitchen storage accessories form an important part of cabinet storage. A well-planned and executed kitchen design uses these accessories to turn underutilized spaces into valuable hidden treasures for kitchen storage. There are many ways to maximize your storage space and make sure every inch of your kitchen is put to good use. A kitchen remodeling specialist will work closely with you to understand your space, the functioning of your household, and your individual requirements for storage.
Which element of a kitchen design catches your eye first? Is it the kitchen cabinets, backsplash, or countertop? What about the kitchen floor? This surface covers the entire area of the room and is critical to the style and functioning of the space. Your kitchen floor is the glue that pulls your design together, and must withstand heavy foot traffic, moisture and food spills, and much more.
With the holidays quickly approaching, many people are hosting parties and welcoming guests into their homes. Decorating and preparing special treats are a great way to get in the holiday spirit at this time of year. Did you realize your kitchen design can also play an important role in making your guests feel welcome and you more relaxed when entertaining? There are many ways to design your kitchen to make entertaining not only easier, but also more enjoyable.
Kitchens are a diverse living area designed not just for cooking, but also for entertaining, dining, studying, and more. Kitchen designs have evolved to meet these requirements by incorporating layouts, specialized storage, and functional areas that allow a variety of people and activities to co-exist in the same space. A multi-functional room like this also requires a multi-layered lighting design. This ensures you have plenty of light to perform key tasks in different parts of the kitchen while also creating a warm environment for dining and entertaining.