Transform your kitchen into the perfect place to hang

Whether you love, or loathe, “The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home” wall art, it most certainly is! If it isn’t the most social space of your home already, then there are a few key ways to transform it. So get ready to bask in the warm glow of family and friends in a kitchen designed for socializing.

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Sophisticated lighting to bathe the guests with the perfect mood for socializing, coupled with breakfast bar stools for easier interaction with the host. (c) kvanum.com

First, consider open concept. It’s a great way to open up your kitchen to the more social spaces of the home, like the living room. Though open concept is the most obvious way to make the kitchen designed for socializing that you’ve always wished for, if you’re not in an open concept home already, it’s important to consult with a designer and contractor to ensure that a renovation is done correctly. When you’ve opened up the space, demarcate the kitchen from the living space with a low wall, or shelving.

Or “separate” the spaces with a breakfast bar. Both young and young at heart enjoy sidling up to a space the straddles both the living room and kitchen. A breakfast bar with high stools for instance is a great place for kids to eat breakfast in the morning, and hang out and do their homework when you prepare dinner.

To create a kitchen designed for socializing, you can also install your hob in the kitchen island because the seasoned host knows that the best dinner parties begin before your guests even sit down to dinner. They begin at the hob! To make your kitchen the perfect spot for entertaining, place the hob in the centre of the kitchen in the island! Induction hobs are an ideal option as they are as thin as the island counter itself. Also, in addition to looking great, their speedy heating and cooling abilities make them a safe option for mingling around.

Finally, light it up right because lighting is an excellent way to change the overall atmosphere in a space. Make the lighting too bright and people feel exposed. Make it too dim and your guests won’t be able to see each other across the table! To create the maximum social effect, bathe the entire kitchen space with recessed pot lights operated by dimmers. Then hang pendant light fixtures in the places you envision family and friends gathering around: like the dining table, the breakfast bar, or the kitchen island.