6 Tips To Create The Perfect Entertainer’s Kitchen Here in Perth
A great kitchen is one of the most important weapons in an entertainer’s arsenal. It allows them to whip up delicacies, socialise with guests, and keep everyone happy and fed. This is particularly true over the holiday period, when so many gatherings are planned around major meals.
With all of this in mind, it’s not surprising that, here in Perth, kitchen renovations peak in the lead up to Christmas. In preparation for the party season, many homeowners look to upgrade their entertainment spaces, improving both the style and functionality. If you’re one of these people, there are a few tricks to designing a new kitchen that will be the envy of your friends and family.
Tip #1: Focusing on the work triangle
The “work triangle” has been an important kitchen design concept for decades. It refers to the positioning of three key features – your fridge, your sink, and your cooktop.
Getting the triangle right is all about balance. You need these fixtures to be close enough together to easily move between. They also need to be far enough apart to allow more than one person to comfortably work in the space.
When planning your Perth kitchen renovation, start with the fridge, which should always be located toward the outside of the kitchen area. This means it will be easily accessible to both those working in the kitchen and guests who need another drink.
Working from there, you can place your other fixtures and fittings throughout the space. Exactly what this looks like will depend on your kitchen layout. However, you should always aim to evenly space out your fridge, sink, and cooktop.
Tip #2: Creating hidden spaces
A butler’s pantry (sometimes called a scullery) has become a must have feature for every serious entertainer. In addition to providing extra storage, it allows you to do your prep away from the main kitchen area. It also gives you somewhere to clear your dirty dishes away to until after your guests have left.
However, while a butler’s pantry is a great feature, it requires a large amount additional kitchen space. If you do not have this, including a butler’s pantry in your Perth kitchen renovation may not be the best idea. Trying to shoehorn such a space into your small kitchen renovation could compromise the functionality of the whole area.
Tip #3: Doubling your capacity
Once only seen in the city’s most luxurious properties, many Perth kitchen renovations now include two sinks and two island benches. Adding such a feature to your kitchen design could significantly increase your renovation budget. However, if you entertain regularly, the investment could be well worth it.
Having two sinks can be a great alternative if you don’t have the space for a full butler’s pantry. It allows you to fill one with dishes, while leaving one free for hand washing and glass rinsing.
Similarly, if the area is big enough, including two islands in your kitchen renovation can substantially increase your bench space. It also allows you to zone the area, using one bench for prep and the other for seating or serving.
Tip #4: Extending the inside, out
Australia is known for its great weather, which is perfect for outdoor entertaining – particularly over the holiday season. Acknowledging this, in Perth, kitchen renovations are often designed to bring together the indoor kitchen and outdoor BBQ areas.
There are a number of ways to effectively do this, including:
- Installing sliding or bi-fold doors that can be retracted to create one large entertainment space.
- Using the same fixtures and finishes (benchtops, cabinetry, tapware, etc.) in both areas, to create consistency between the two spaces.
- Installing a servery hatch to allow food to be easily passed from the indoor kitchen to the outdoor dining area.
Tip #5: Upsizing your appliances
From an extra-large fridge to multiple ovens, it’s important to have the right kit when you’re feeding the masses. This can make every part of the entertaining process – from shopping and preparation to clean up and storage – much easier. Adding specialised appliances, like a warming drawer, to your kitchen space can also help you significantly step up your catering game.
If you have space for a butler’s pantry, including additional appliances in this area can increase your cooking capacity without compromising your main kitchen design. If you don’t, adding extra fridge or oven space into your outdoor kitchen – or your garage – works just as well.
Tip #6: Party-proofing your surfaces
Accidents have an uncanny ability to happen when you entertain. In fact, some would say that a few minor spills, stains, and scratches are the sign of a good time. With that in mind, while you want your surfaces to beautiful, they also need to be fairly hardy.
Hard-wearing materials like stainless steel, tile, and engineered stone are a godsend for entertainers. Not only can they look lux, they usually pair well with almost any kitchen design style. They are also very easy to keep clean and require relatively minimal maintenance (when compared to natural timber and stone).
Need help getting your kitchen party ready?
Planning your Perth kitchen renovation should be fun! And there’s no shortage of inspiration out there, with most renovation company’s providing a wide range of kitchen design examples. This is where a mood board can be invaluable, as it allows you to bring together the ideas you love.
When planning an entertainment area, it’s also worth looking at larger scale commercial spaces. Hotels and restaurants have to have a fit out that’s both crowd pleasing and capable of surviving heavy use. They also usually have many ideas that can easily be adapted and worked into your Perth kitchen renovation.
Finally, working with a qualified and experienced kitchen design and renovation specialist – like Select Residential Solutions – can make a world of difference. We are experts in creating beautiful and practical entertainment spaces and can manage the entire process for you. Contact us to learn more about our services and how we can help bring your dream entertainer’s kitchen to life.