The holidays are just around the corner. If you’re the MasterChef of the house, you will definitely spend hours in the kitchen cooking meals for your family and friends. It will be busy and difficult, especially when your kitchen design doesn’t work as hard as you do.
To help you out, here’s a round-up of kitchen design ideas that will reduce the hassle of preparing, cooking, and serving food for the holidays and other celebrations to come:
Build an indoor-outdoor kitchen space
Kitchens are social spaces. You invite your guests here to hang out and share a meal with you. If you are expecting a lot of guests every holiday, consider connecting your indoor and outdoor space and build an entertainment area. Designs like this give you more room for entertainment and allow you to cook in a whole new way.
Indoor-outdoor areas look great when connected seamlessly. In the featured kitchen above, the designer used two different flooring materials, but in the same colour. As you can see, this trick blurred the boundaries!
Another option is to build a breakfast bar like the one below. It allows you to serve food and drinks to your guests outside. You can also use this spot for drinks.
Outdoor breakfast bars make use of pass-through doors as seen above, but you can also use sliding and stacking windows, depending on the space available.
Create lots of bench space
Having enough room to prepare, cook, and serve the food is a must in the kitchen. When the space permits, build a massive kitchen island like the one below.
You can also add a breakfast bar like this to extend your worktop. Take this butcher block over the grey countertop. It opens up more area for preparing and serving food.
It is also important to keep your benchtops clean and uncluttered. Stow away the gadgets inside the drawers and cupboards when not needed.
Create kitchen island storage
Make your kitchen island more functional when you build storage underneath. You can store cutlery sets, cookbooks, and other important kitchen gadgets here.
Install a heavy-duty but energy-efficient refrigerator
If you’re a home cook and loves to shop fresh produce, then having a huge fridge makes sense in your kitchen.
Make room for the refrigerator in your planning documents.
Do you love wine and booze? If so, your kitchen needs a wine rack and fridge.
Make your wine rack a focal point in your kitchen too.
The kitchen works double or triple times more during the holidays. Take this into consideration when planning your kitchen renovation.
Think about foot traffic. If you have a galley kitchen layout at home, make sure that there is a minimum of three feet of space in between two opposing countertops.
Another thing to consider is the kitchen’s entry and exit points. Having more than one way to enter and leave the kitchen is more practical. That’s the advantage of other kitchen layouts, such as the L-shaped and U-shaped kitchens.
Install streamlined kitchen cabinets
The sight of a modern and seamless row of cabinets make a kitchen look cleaner and less cluttered, which is great before a busy meal preparation.
Install double sinks
Preparing for the holiday feast requires back to back cooking and cleaning. Here's when a double sink becomes useful. It enables multitasking. One sink is for washing dirty dishes, pots, and pans. The other is solely for food preparation only.
There is a wide variety of double sinks available for purchase. Choose one that matches with your countertop material and kitchen style. Opt for the one that suits your needs and overall kitchen design.
Note: All of the kitchen features we mentioned above are advantageous not only during the holidays and special celebrations but also on a daily basis. If you and your family loves home cooking, we highly recommend that you invest in a great kitchen. Renovate and improve what you already have or build a new one that suits your needs better.