We are all quite aware that the British weather can be temperamental, even during summer. So, if you’re planning a family barbeque, but the weather takes an unfortunate turn without warning, you need to be prepared. And even if the sun does continue to shine throughout the day, there’s nothing wrong with bringing indoors and outdoors together. But how do you do that? The answer is simple: create a kitchen for socialising!
Bi-folding and sliding doors are a wonderful way to bring everyone together. It allows your kitchen to become part of the garden, meaning while you prep the food before it makes its way to the barbeque, you are still in a social environment. And if it starts to rain, simply bring everyone inside!
For many homes, the social focal point is the kitchen island. It’s an area that can be used for anything, from a meal prep area and cooking station to a breakfast and evening dinner bar. When the weather takes a turn for the worst, having a social focal point is essential. It provides you with a backup plan so that the day can still go ahead as smooth as possible.
There are so many different kitchen island designs and shapes, so think about how you would want your social area to work. Does it need plenty of seating? Perhaps space for serving food and drinks? Consider all these before you implement a kitchen island in your kitchen.
Something that can really bring the mood down when it rains is that dull, grey lack of light that looms over the room. To combat this, be smart with your lighting choices. You don’t want to simply whiten the room with ceiling lights. Consider lights with dimmer options to create your desired ambience that can be adjusted as the day begins to wind down.
In addition to a kitchen island, you may need to think about having an open plan kitchen diner to ensure everyone can socialise in one room. Depending on the space you have, there are multiple ways of doing this. If the space is large, a large dining table will be enough to bring everyone together. If your square footage isn’t so lucky, there are other ways to go about this. One would be to add a kitchen bench. This way you can bring more people together without compromising the overall space in the room.
Don’t let the indoors ruin your summer fun! Keep a vibrant environment with a music system that can play throughout the kitchen. If you planned on having children over, you could even banish boredom with table games before or after everyone has eaten.
Here’s the thing, you don’t want to put a special day on hold simply because the weather doesn’t feel like cooperating. Having a kitchen that is designed for socialising can help bring you and your friends or family together no matter what the weather may bring.
If you think it’s time to give your kitchen a social makeover, then speak to us. We can sit with you and discuss what you would like for your kitchen, and we even offer a free home design visit so we can fully assess your current situation and help determine what will benefit your lifestyle. To learn more about our services, get in touch with EBKB today.