Is your kitchen the heart of your home, but also partial to a few parties? When designing your kitchen, you’ll want it to be fit for the family by day but ready to accommodate party guests by night because, as the saying goes, ‘you will always find me in the kitchen at parties’. You’ll want to gain a multipurpose space that suits your family needs but can be transformed into the perfect party venue.
Kitchen design experts Harvey Jones have stacks of inspiration and advice to help you create that multifunctioning space that screams ‘wow’ factor all year round.
1. Add an island or peninsula for your guests to gather
An island or peninsula provides not only an extra work surface but also a communal space for your guests to gather together. Serving as a breakfast bar come homework station day to day, it can be transformed into a central party buffet station where everyone can gather and raise a glass of fizz. Adding an overhanging worktop allows you to accommodate barstools below which offers extra seating to your guests.
2. Create your own make-shift bar
Most kitchens aren’t big enough to have a full-fledged bar but that doesn’t mean you can’t create your own drinks station. You can transform your daily tambour-fronted or double-doored breakfast station into a make-shift bar. Replace your breakfast cereals and bread with a variety of beverages, champagne glasses and cocktail-making paraphernalia. In the early stages of the design process, incorporate extra plug points and even a wine cooler or mini-fridge. You’ll be able to keep your guests’ favourite tipples cool and at hand for whenever they need a top up. And to really wow them, you can plug in an ice machine or blender to create your own frozen cocktails.
3. Have plenty of places to sit
To accommodate all of your guests, you’ll need to make sure you have plenty of seating areas. Bench seating and barstools can be a way of adding extra seating dimensions to your kitchen. If you have the room, an extending dining table is also a good investment. You can extend the table and add extra chairs when you have guests, then you can shorten the table for everyday use. But where do you keep those extra chairs? In the early stages of the planning process, you might want to consider a built-in multipurpose utility cupboard to conceal all your kitchen essentials such as the vacuum, mop, ironing board and, of course, those extra chairs. It keeps them hidden away tidily but also keeps them right at hand for when you need them.
4. Light it up
Nothing creates the vibe for a party more than good lighting. With that being said, not many of us would want disco lights in our kitchen all year round. Instead, think colour-change LED spot lights under island surfaces, below plinths and under cupboards. Think zoning your lights to define areas too, as well as a dimmable switch to create different moods. A good mix of lighting can create the perfect ambiance for any occasion.