Though it may still feel like summer outside, the holidays are just around the corner. And before you know it, your home will be filled to the brim with friends and family ready to celebrate another year together. While it may be too early to start stringing Christmas lights, now is the perfect time to start thinking about what you can do to make your kitchen more entertainment-friendly. If you have a kitchen with a layout that doesn’t easily accommodate food prep and conversation, consider these design ideas from our team at Incredible Kitchens and Baths to transform it into a more social space.

Entertainment Kitchen

Kitchen Island

The kitchen island can be whatever you need it to be. It not only adds extra cabinet storage for food, pot and pans, appliances, and other kitchenware, but it also instantly creates a focal point and gathering spot for friends and family. An island can also be used to store items directly related to social activities, such as wine, party decorations, games, and books. Finally, it provides extra countertop real estate for food prep and non-cooking tasks.

Open Floor Plans

The open floor plan is the ultimate design element in creating a social environment. Wide, open spaces make it easy for traffic to flow in and out of every area. And your guests will never feel closed off from the action when they have a clear sightline to everything that’s happening. However, if you don’t like the look of an open floor plan or you just want more distinction between rooms you still have options. Try incorporating half-walls with shelves into the design or a glass cabinet, to give the impression of open space but still have a division of space.

Add a Planning Center

A planning center can be a great addition to your kitchen remodel and can be customizable to fit your family. If you have school-aged children, find a spot for a table and a few chairs, and incorporate some shelves for books. Or, you can even paint some chalkboard paint on the wall for notes and help during homework sessions. While you’re prepping dinner, they can be getting their homework done.

Incredible Kitchens and Baths serves homeowners in and around Kokomo and Peru, IN. Simply contact us at (765) 437-1038, and we will do our best to work within your budget and your timeline to get your kitchen ready to entertain this holiday season.