Your Best Kitchen: 5 Things to Consider for Holiday Entertaining
The holidays are a time for family, friends, and of course, lots of delicious food. But with the holiday season comes hosting and entertaining, which can mean a lot of time spent in the kitchen. Although you won’t be able to have your dream kitchen by Christmas, it’s never too late to start thinking about how you’d like to renovate in the New Year.
Renovating should make your kitchen easier to use in a way that works best for you — think organized and functional in layout, sleek in design, and finished with beautiful lighting and cutting-edge appliances. This holiday season, as you’re busy hosting and entertaining, consider these five elements of your kitchen’s design, which will help you plan for your next renovation
Built-in Appliances Add Efficiency to the Kitchen
Think about what your needs are when it comes to appliances. If you need more space, consider a wall-mounted coffee machine by SMEG, which will get that coffee machine off the counter and out of the way.
How you cook has an impact on how your food turns out, and if you’re cooking a large meal, it can be difficult to time everything accordingly. SMEG also has built-in ovens that are efficient and contemporary, like their speed oven, which combines a convection oven and microwave to change the time it takes to cook multiple dishes at once. Their steam oven features both steam-cooking and convection options, and since cooking with steam helps food retain moisture, it’s perfect for impressing your guests
Cabinet functionality in the Kitchen
Consider whether your cabinets are accessible and organized in a way that helps you make efficient use of time and space as you prepare a meal. Look for ways to have pullout organization, such as a spice rack that pulls out or a magic corner that pulls hard-to-reach items forward as you open the door, rather than digging around to find what you need. It’s important to have the items and dishware you use all the time close to your primary workspace.
Lighting Adds Style to Your Kitchen
The lighting in your kitchen has two purposes: it provides sufficient light for wherever you’re working, and it serves to set the mood. Think about whether or not your kitchen has enough light where you need it most, and if not, consider adding under-cabinet lighting or pot lights. With the right light fixture and colour temperature, you can make your kitchen feel cozy and warm, or classy and modern — whatever your style.
Make Your Kitchen Countertops Quartz
Many of us are drawn to the beauty and authenticity of natural stone and marble, but we do need to consider that natural products require maintenance and are susceptible to staining. Luckily Cambria Quartz offers some very realistic marble looks, offering the luxury of cooking without worrying about staining your surface.
Tile Sets the Tone in Your Kitchen
Tile is one of the best ways to choose something that truly suits your personality and sets the tone of your kitchen. Alyse Edwards offers fabulously unique options, which will help reflect your style by adding flare and individuality to the space.
If a new kitchen is on your wish list this year, get a head start by using the holidays to think about how you’d like to renovate your space. Using these five areas as a baseline, you’ll be well on your way to planning your dream kitchen in the New Year.
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