Wide Open Kitchen: Design for Entertaining
Now is the Time to Define Your Style as a Host
Whether it means having two or three friends in for wine and cheese, or preparing a full holiday dinner for 20, entertaining puts you—and your kitchen—on stage. If you are planning a remodel, the entertainment season is an excellent time to define your style and design for entertaining.
The Open Kitchen: An Entertaining Natural
An open kitchen design is the most popular solution for today’s casual, inclusive hosts. The kitchen pictured above is a perfect example, with work island, beverage center and breakfast bar, open on three sides to the dining and living room. It handles a few or a crowd with aplomb.
If your current kitchen is fully or partially enclosed, consider eliminating one or more walls between kitchen and living/dining spaces. Replace that absolute barrier with an island or peninsula. This will create a friendly boundary that defines your work space while inviting visitors to gather round.
Consider the activities that go on when you are entertaining. You may want a bar/beverage station outside of the cooking work flow. A second sink will prevent traffic jams during food prep and cleanup. Trash and recycling should be accessible. You will want a landing space for dirty dishes near the dishwasher.
Positioned between the kitchen and dining areas, a bi-level island or peninsula will be a natural serving buffet. Be sure you allow enough counter depth to handle your largest serving platters.
An open kitchen will have a major impact on your home’s style. Your designer will have tips on how a furniture look in a built-in buffet or bar will create a graceful transition to the living area. Subtle decorative effects on an island, such as turned legs, decorative feet or a section of open shelves, will convey the concept of a free-standing piece of furniture.
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