Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A Guide To Creating A “Wow”-Worthy Kitchen In Time For The Christmas Party Season ♥

If you want to make sure your home offers the perfect setting for festive soirees this Christmas, now’s the time to get creative with your interior design - and given that it’s the heart of the home, what better place to start than your kitchen? To help you along the way, here’s your guide to creating a “wow”-worthy cooking space for the party season and as someone who may well be hosting Christmas dinner for the first time ever this year, I'll be doing my absolute best to make sure my kitchen is looking its best - homely, stylish and festive galore!

Inject added style into your work surfaces
Perhaps the most important feature of kitchens, worktops have the power to transform the look and feel of these spaces. If your current surfaces have seen better days or they’re simply lacking the style you’re after, you might benefit from stripping them out and starting again. This is a great way to give this part of your home an instant makeover. Natural materials like wood and stone can work perfectly. When chosen well, they look stunning and they are durable too, meaning they should stand the test of time.

If your cooking area is a little on the small side, like mine is, it’s best to go for light-coloured materials. For example, the honey tones of beech can breathe new life into bijou kitchens. If you have more space to play with though, you might want to make a style statement and opt for something darker and more dramatic. Perhaps polished granite would tick your boxes, or maybe the striking, deep grain pattern of American walnut would suit your home better. If you’re not sure which materials to select, it’s worth getting a tester. Suppliers like Worktop Express offer sample services that allow you to check different worktop options in situ before you commit to placing a full order.

Design a standout dining space
If you have space in your kitchen for a dining area, make sure you take full advantage of it. One option is to incorporate an island unit into the room. With high stools around one end, a large island can enable you to prepare food and entertain your guests at the same time. These raised units are also perfect for presenting canopies and buffets for any parties you may have over the years.

Alternatively, if you prefer a more traditional feel to your dining zone, opt for a table and chair set. Choosing an extendable design will offer you maximum flexibility. These tables give you the room you need to host big dinner parties, and when you need extra standing space or if you’re hosting an intimate meal for a small group, you can simply fold them in.

Use imaginative illuminations
Another top design tip is to get creative with your lighting. For example, you could add theatre to your kitchen table with the help of a large, decorative overhead light. Under-cabinet illuminations also help to bring cooking areas alive, and if you have an island, consider placing uplights around its base. Meanwhile, installing dimmer switches to your main lights will help ensure you can instantly create the perfect ambiance for any occasion.

Whatever changes you decide to bring to your kitchen in the run-up to the Christmas celebrations, make sure you end up with a space that looks superb and is practical to use.

This year I'll be taking inspiration from the images above that I found via Pinterest. I think they just ooze festiveness, those kitchens are so beautifully decorated and I love the use of lighting, so lovely!

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