Standout Entertaining Spaces
For many, the most important part of the festive period is the entertaining. From a lavish family Christmas dinner to canapes and cocktails with friends, the kitchen becomes the focus. Creating the correct atmosphere in your home will make your guests feel immediately welcome and with the right space to do so, you can put on a party that everyone will enjoy, including you, the host.
An open-plan living and dining area works wonderfully for entertaining and for each of our open-plan kitchen projects we always create a space plan that will achieve the perfect balance of socialising and cooking. In the kitchen above, we designed the cooking area to face outwards towards the living area so that the client could socialise whilst cooking.
Plenty of seating is also key, with a variety of seating options available. A spectacularly laid dining table is essential for a family Christmas dinner and in this open-plan setting, the guests and hosts can intermingle, creating the perfect social atmosphere.
Coupling your dining area alongside a cosy seating area means guests will also have somewhere to relax and recline after dinner.
An informal seating area, on an island or breakfast bar is great for evening entertaining. An island can act as a great focus in a room, particularly when laden with beautiful food and drink. People will congregate around it and any high stools will allow guests to take a seat without feeling left out. An integrated wine fridge or wine rack will also add a great touch.
Finally, lighting will create the ultimate party atmosphere. Multiple light sources are key to achieving a layered lighting effect that can be adapted to suit any mood. Above, the combination of under-cabinet lighting, an illuminated extractor and orange bar stools creates an atmosphere worthy of any top London bar.