Choosing a kitchen layout that suits your home and family can seem like a tricky task. If you are looking for the best kitchen designs for entertaining, there are a number of features that you should be thinking about when creating new kitchen plans. As the heart of any home, guests tend to gravitate towards a kitchen and so we have complied a list below to help you create the perfect space for entertaining.
As a person who enjoys entertaining, the layout is potentially the most important factor to think about when considering the best kitchen designs. Broken or open plan kitchens are a fantastic option for those who regurarly host parties, integrating the kitchen with living or dining space that will provide additional seating for guests, without segregating yourself from action.We have written about creating open plan kitchens previously, and there are a number of different options for creating more usable space.A kitchen island is the perfect option for any style of entertaining as it creates a central focus. Add a sink and a few bar items and it is a great place to host a cocktail party; swap the sink for a hob and you can be present with the guests even when you are preparing food. Think carefully about the kitchen triangle to ensure that your new kitchen is as functional as possible.
Kitchen appliances are an integral part of any new plans and it is important to think carefully about the positioning of these to ensure you are creating the best kitchen designs for your home. As mentioned in the layouts section, considering what will be used most frequently and how to position this to ensure you can still socialise is important if you are looking to build a kitchen that is perfect for entertaining. A well-placed kitchen island that features a hob will keep you at the centre of any dinner party, but if you completely free to accommodate snacks and drinks. Consider cupboard space too – can cabinets hide small applainces if the work surface space needs to be kept free?
A great workop will wow your guests, but thinking about the practicalities of the material you choose is important when selecting the best kitchen designs for entertaining. Wooden worktops may look incredibly striking, but how likely is it that spills are mopped up immediately in the middle of a party, or that coasters are constantly in use? Natural stone options like granite and marble are visually appealing and incredibly hard-wearing, but come with high cost attached so they may not be a feasible option. People typically congregate in kitchens at parties, so if you throw them regularly, a laminate worktops could provide a more practical and economical choice for your home.
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There are a number of common kitchen layouts, and – more often than not – they will be dictated by the size and shape of the kitchen in a home. Galley kitchen designs feature two opposing runs of cabinets, and are a common feature in smaller properties, such as Victorian terraces. If correctly planned, a galley kitchen can be a highly-functional design, as the limited space within the kitchen triangle can work favourably. The downsides of this design are that it can present difficulties for busy families as typically, there is not much space for more than one person to occupy the kitchen at any one time. We have put together some key points to consider when planning your kitchen that can help integrate a gallery layout into a family home.
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Can the space be opened up at all?
open and broken plan kitchens have seen an increase in popularity and this can be attributed to their social aspect. Whilst an open or broken plan design can be fantastic for entertaining, they are also great for families as it provides space for children and teenagers to be close-by, regardless of the activities they are doing. Whilst incorporating seating or dining space in a galley kitchen design may be impossible due to the limited space, the simple act of turning a door into an archway can really open up the room-integrating the kitchen with the next room, and allowing a closer eye to be kept on the inhabitants of it!
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Do you really need two runs of cabinets?
Most galley kitchen designs will feature two opposing rows of cabinets to make the most of the space available, but if the space is there, removing unused cupboards along one side of the room could provide a small seating area. This may seem counter-productive as the storage space may be needed, but consider the possibility of a full height or larder unit to compensate for the loss of base units. The worktop surface area lost can be retained by using a small table, Which also provides an area for family to sit whilst food is being prepared.
Our blogs and information guides are a fantastic source of inspiration if you are planning a new kitchen and our showrooms have a number of examples on display if you would like to see our oak kitchens before making a purchase. Alternatively,our sample service offers miniature cabinet frontals and sections of any of our kitchen worktops. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss any aspect of our service further!.
Purchasing and installing a new kitchen can be a costly investment, and even with prior planning there can be unexpected expenses that arise. Our interest-free kitchen finance is available for purchases over £3,000 and provides customers the opportunity to spread the cost of their new wood kitchen over a whole year. All we require is an up-front deposit of a minimum 25% of the total order value, whilst the remaining balance can be spread across the following 12 months.
All of our showrooms are able to setup purchases with this fantastic kitchen finance offer – so long as the order is above the minimum spend and meets the requirements set out in the terms and conditions. This is a fantastic way to ensure that you have funds available for any situations that may arrive whilst having your new kitchen fitted, without paying over-the-odds for the convenience. Any of the products available in our showrooms can be purchased through this offer, including our extensive collection of kitchen accessories, appliances and worktops.
If you would like to benefit from our generous kitchen finance offer, simply visit your local kitchen showroom to speak with one of our knowledgeable advisors. All of the Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets display kitchens showcase the exceptional quality of our solid oak kitchens and provide examples of a variety of style and colour options.
There are a variety of factors to consider when planning a new kitchen, most importantly of which is deciding how to maximise the available space. In more compact rooms, it is important to ensure every space is used as effectively as possible, and small kitchen design ideas often incorporate clever storage solutions to provide maximum capacity in the minimum space. We have compiled this list to provide some ideas that can be incorporated in your design.
There are a number of different ways that kitchen cabinets can be configured to make the most of a small space. Our cabinet wirework is perfect for ensuring that every inch of every cupboard is utilised, even when they are fitted in tight corners or other awkward spaces. By using only base cabinets, you can create the illusion of additional space in the top half of the room.
If you need the extra storage space, using shelving in the top half of the room is a great solution, and – for a similar effect – white or light cabinets with glass frontals are also an ideal when planning small kitchen design ideas. At the opposite end of the scale, tall cabinets can be used effectively to provide additional storage without losing space in the middle for a worktop, provided you have sufficient surface space.
Using colour to make your small kitchen appear larger is a common route to explore when considering different designs. The obvious choice is white or a light colour when trying to create the illusion that a room is bigger than it actually is, but darker colours can be used just as effectively in small kitchen design ideas without creating a cave-like atmosphere. ‘Tuxedo cabinets’ have been gaining popularity, and are a fantastic alternative to an all-white kitchen design. This is where lower or base cabinets are painted a darker colour and a lighter colour is used for the wall cabinets. Don’t forget to consider the colour of your walls when thinking about the palette for the entire room – the visible wall area will vary from kitchen to kitchen but it is an important aspect of the design that often gets overlooked.
Cabinets are not the only storage to consider in your small kitchen design ideas. We have a variety of solid oak storage solutions, from spice racks to kitchen trolleys. Adding these optional space savers can be a stylish and functional way to make sure every inch of your kitchen is utilised in the most effective way possible.
If you are looking for more inspiration, we have written guides on creating solid oak kitchens in small spaces and also provided small kitchen design tips if you wish to read more about creating a beautiful kitchen in a compact space!