How To Achieve A Welcoming And Sociable Kitchen Space
Saturday Kitchen is known for its friendly and sociable atmosphere, and there are a number of steps you can take to replicate this in your own home.
Saturday Kitchen is a mainstay of Saturday morning TV, and even though viewing figures took a dip when popular host James Martin departed, it still remains a very popular show with viewing figures in excess of 1 million.
The show features a changing roster of celebrity chefs and the kitchen’s accessible design makes it easy for these chefs to cook delicious meals, often in a very short space of time. With its selection of guests and casual, sometimes slightly chaotic feel, the show is perhaps best loved for its friendly and sociable atmosphere.
The design and layout of the kitchen itself plays a large part in creating this sociable environment and is something that can be easily created in your own home.
Go Open Plan
If at all possible, try to combine your kitchen and dining area, with a decent size dining table that family and friends can gather around. This will help to make your kitchen the focal point of the home and, when you have guests, it will enable you to maintain conversation with them as you prepare food – much like they do on the show.
If you want people to spend time in your kitchen, you need to think about seating options. Including a sofa or some comfy armchairs is a great option as it encourages people to relax and, if they’re feeling comfortable, they’re less likely to rush off. It also works well during a dinner party, providing you and your guests with a more comfortable area to move to once the meal is over.
If this is not possible, think about installing a breakfast bar, or a central island with stools, for a more informal seating option than a dining table where people can ‘perch’ and enjoy a glass of wine and some nibbles.
Make It Welcoming
When it comes to creating a sociable kitchen it’s vital that it is an attractive, welcoming space in which people want to spend time, so consider your decor and how you could improve it. If your kitchen is not quite up to scratch, maybe think about replacing your units for a brand new look or, if this is not an option, you could even give them a lick of paint – it’s amazing how much difference a simple paint job can make. Adding personal touches such as artwork, photographs or potted plants is also a really effective way of making a room feel warm and welcoming.
An inviting space should also be light and bright so think about installing large windows or, even better, large glass doors that open onto the garden. As well as flooding the room with natural light, glass doors will help to blur the boundaries between inside and out, and help to add space to a small room.
If you have a shortage of natural light, make the most of what you’ve got by painting your kitchen in white, cream or pastel shades to open up the room. Cleverly placed mirrors will also help to make your room seem bigger and brighter.
Consider The Layout
A sociable kitchen means that you will often be cooking in front of guests, and the last thing you want to do is to get flustered because you can’t find a particular pan, or because you’ve run out of worktop space. So it’s important to think about the layout and design of the cooking area.
When designing your bespoke kitchen, think about the workflow and how you will use and move between different areas of the room. This will help to ensure that your kitchen assists rather than hinders your cooking efforts. You also need to ensure you have enough preparation space – a central island is great for this and can also double up as a seating area. To cut down on frustrations, you might also want to think about installing open shelving that puts everything you need in plain sight and within easy reach.
Last, but certainly not least, don’t forget a dishwasher. No guest wants to look at a pile of dirty dishes as they eat and a dishwasher will help you to easily clear the mess as you go along.
As you can see, there a number of different steps you can take to make your kitchen a sociable space in which people want to spend time. What you choose to do will ultimately be decided by the style of your home, your budget and the space available to you. Our fitted kitchens are bespoke designs crafted to your unique requirements, so you can be sure of finding the perfect kitchen for all your entertaining needs.