Guests always end up in the kitchen, so why not embrace it?

The social butterfly knows that a good house party always starts (and probably ends) in the kitchen. So, why aren’t there more party-ready kitchens? It’s a combination of factors, but these can be resolved easily enough with the right layout, location and lighting.

Layout
If you’ve read the K!tchn article about layouts, you’ll know that every kitchen function has an ideal layout. The in-house party planner requires a layout that gives them and their guests space to move, but is efficiently laid out to ensure all tasks can be executed with ease. If this sounds like your ideal kitchen space, then the horseshoe layout is right for you. Featuring 3 walls of kitchen cabinets, worktops and appliances, this party-ready kitchen provides ample workspace and wide-open spaces for socialising.

(c) Bulthaup

The in-house party planner requires a layout that gives them and their guests space to move. (c) Bulthaup

If you want to enhance this party-ready kitchen layout further, a kitchen island is an ideal finishing touch. Not only can it be equipped to store serving platters and other party paraphernalia, when surrounded by bar stools it provides an area for people to congregate.

Location
To create a party-ready kitchen, the house party host also needs to optimise the location of their appliances. To make this easy, consider the classic “triangle” formation for your major appliances and tools. This intuitive appliance location scheme is easy for home chefs to use and reduces traffic jams. To execute, place the sink at the top point of the triangle, and then place the refrigerator and hob/oven combination the bottom corners. If you have a kitchen island, enhance it further with an induction hob by Grundig and ensure it resides at the bottom of the triangle in-line with the refrigerator and oven. The best part about the location of the hob is that its induction surface heats and cools rapidly, ensuring the safety of your fellow merrymakers while they hang out around the island.

If you have a kitchen island, enhance it further with an induction hob by Grundig. (c) grundig.com

If you have a kitchen island, enhance it further with an induction hob by Grundig. (c) grundig.com

Lighting
Ever stayed at a great nightclub until the lights came on, and wished you’d left 5 minutes earlier? The same effect can be had in a kitchen. If you want your kitchen to be party friendly from start to finish, it’s important to know that a lighting scheme can make or break a space. First, consider highlighting your layout focal points. Which area do you want people to congregate around? Place pendant lights strategically over those areas. Furthermore, consider the level of light. If you want to change the mood as the party goes from quiet mingle, to sophisticated soiree, to a swinging all-nighter, install a dimmer switch to change the lighting level with ease.

Install a dimmer switch to change the lighting level with ease.

Install a dimmer switch to change the lighting level with ease.