If you’re ready to dive into warmer weather with spring flings and summer soirees, you’ll need a kitchen that is prime for entertaining. Being a great host falls short if your kitchen design can’t keep up. Here’s what you’ll want to include in your kitchen remodel if you want a kitchen that can entertain as well as you can.
Create extra space to sit down.
Kitchen islands may be one of the most desired kitchen trends lately, but they aren’t the only way to add some extra seating to your kitchen. It’s more important to keep your floor plan functional, so be mindful of the square footage and other non-negotiable elements. One way to give guests a place to sit down without adding a large island is to simply raise your countertops. This second level separates your countertops to include a breakfast bar. Adding this to your kitchen remodel also creates some privacy for the cook, if you’d prefer your meal prep wasn’t on display.
Keep food and drinks the right temperature with specialty units.
Being able to serve a glass of wine just-slightly-chilled, and have all of your sides perfectly warm, can take a lovely party to the next level. Guests always appreciate the little details, and point-of-service refrigeration and warming drawers can help you achieve that je ne sais quoi. When designing your new kitchen, consider adding these extra units to your design.
Add a side bar.
Give your party more pizzazz by installing a side bar. Guests will gush over the serve-yourself station where they can grab a cocktail without bothering the hosts. And this luxe addition is a breeze to add-on to your kitchen remodel. With Willow Lane Cabinetry’s easy to design bar rom cabinetry, you can customize your bar to be the right size and shape for your home. With our free room design, one of our designers will even help you find just the right look and style of cabinetry to suit your home, with a custom layout, photorealistic renderings and an itemized shopping list.
Count on comfort.
One thing that is often overlooked in a kitchen remodel is comfort. Homeowners spend so much time on the function and aesthetics that they forget to consider something as simple as their own well-being. A key amenity in the kitchen, especially when entertaining, is good flooring. Some materials offer more give than others, making standing for long hours much more endurable. Recent green kitchen trends have also popularized sustainable flooring materials like cork and linoleum. Surprisingly, cork makes great kitchen flooring, as it is waterproof (however, it does require resealing every few years). As far as comfort, cork has a wonderfully soft texture, making it much more enjoyable to walk on than tile. Linoleum is another eco-friendly option that’s resilience and durability make it appropriate for the kitchen. If you have a specific color or style in mind for your flooring, linoleum also offers many options to choose from.
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