How to Make your Kitchen the Perfect Social Space

Some great tips in today’s guest article on how to make your kitchen the hub of the home, and the perfect social space too. Enjoy. 

Kitchens are no longer just for cooking. These days, they’re the hub of your home. Whether you’re looking to be the hostess with the most-ess, or have a kitchen that’s Pinterest worthy; these seven tips from PD Kitchens will help make your kitchen the perfect social space.

Gather round

A breakfast bar is the ideal place for friends and family to get together at dinner parties and gatherings; or even just in the morning before you leave the house. Having a breakfast bar coming off of a central island or wrapping around the end of the kitchen can create a clean feel, perfect for a modern look. Add some bar stools for the ultimate social area and your guests will never want to leave. There are breakfast bars or islands to suit any kitchen, big or small.

kitchen 1Image credit: PD Kitchens

Think about your seating

It’s important to feel comfortable in the kitchen. Having a place for guests to sit is therefore a necessity. There are lots of different ways you can incorporate seating areas into your kitchen, whether through a set of chairs, a bench or soft furnishings like a sofa.

A great idea for open plan kitchens with large window spaces is a built-in bench. It provides a focal point where people can look out at the view. Bi-folding doors have also become increasingly popular, as it opens up the space and allows for more seating arrangements outside.How to make your kitchen the perfect social spaceImage credit: PD Kitchens

Entertainment is key

If you’re planning on hosting parties, pre-drink gatherings or even just cosy nights in, you might want to think about what entertainment systems you can fit. A radio or even a television mounted on the wall is a great idea. This will enable you to play music at the very least, or you could even host a movie night.

Entertainment doesn’t just stop at the sound systems; things like a popcorn machine, chocolate fountain or coffee maker are popular additions to make your kitchen that bit more entertainment-worthy.

kitchen 3

Image credit: PD Kitchens

Guest-friendly focus

If you’re the type of person who loves having people round, you need to make sure that you’ve thought about convenience. By this we mean having lots of accessible charging points for phones. Yes, people are starting to ask for your charger more often than they ask for your Wi-Fi password. It’s a serious issue.

Plugs are also great for entertainment systems to be stationed, as well as convenient for kitchen appliances. Think about having plugs put in on the sides of your island for easy use.

How to make your kitchen the perfect social spaceImage credit: PD Kitchens

Clever lighting points

Yes there is the given of lighting on the ceiling, but having clever lighting scattered throughout the kitchen will really set the mood of a well-designed space. Spotlights under the cabinets will look great later in the evening.

You could even create a central point with a light feature over your kitchen island/breakfast bar, as shown in the shaker style image below.

kitchen 5Image credit: PD Kitchens

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6 Comments

  1. Maria J. Minton
    November 10, 2015 / 4:14 pm

    Hello Jen,
    I really like the ideas for kitchens in this article, yes, kitchens are no longer just for cooking. It is a social area in my house. I want to have a kitchen with much light in the last picture

  2. November 11, 2015 / 7:39 am

    Wow! What a very classy kitchen,we recently planned to renovate our kitchen and this article is a perfect timing, I want to apply one of your tips, specially this modern breakfast bar, a perfect tips and place for family and friend parties and gatherings. I also love the photography, you capture it perfectly. Great job!

  3. January 6, 2016 / 3:03 am

    Great tips Jen! and all of these photos are amazing! and I must agree about the lighting point in the kitchen, as for me, it really amps up the mood of my cooking! seriously! I wanna feel like I’m in a cooking demo or so. lol Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Katy
    February 14, 2016 / 4:54 pm

    Those are some really great ideas on how to renovate our kitchen. I really like the idea of having spotlights under the cabinets, the brick wall and the zigzag parquet flooring. Thanks for sharing.

  5. March 22, 2016 / 1:59 pm

    Great ideas for kitchens. Kitchen in the photos is amazing. Thanks for share!

  6. May 13, 2017 / 6:05 pm

    I always tell my clients that the kitchen is where families spend the most time in their homes (with the exception of the bedrooms of course), so I always recommend making the kitchen as friendly as possible when it comes to seating and lighting. Good advice here.

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