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5 Ways to Create the Ultimate Entertainment Space in the Heart of the Home

Creating a home for your lifestyle, needs and wants is a wonderful task that makes a house or flat a home. If you’re the host with the most, creating a space that both works on a day-to-day basis and as the ultimate entertainment space can be tricky. Herringbone Kitchens wants to guide you through 5 different ways to achieve the ultimate entertainment space in the heart of the home – the kitchen - designed to make your guests go wow.


There are of course many ways in which you can interpret what such a space should look and feel like. However, here William Durrant, owner of Herringbone Kitchens gives his expert opinion on what makes for a great social space for entertainment.

William Durrant, owner of Herringbone Kitchens
“Design it right from the beginning. We believe that a kitchen is for living in whether that’s on a day-to-day basis or for social occasions and so designing a kitchen for entertaining too is a key element in your planning stages. That means maximising and focusing on the room’s layout, considering how the space can flow smoothly so there is no bumping into the cook and spilling drinks and also making sure the right necessities such as sinks, drawers, prep areas and plugs are in the right places. With this in mind here are a few design tips that will work wonders:

1. Make the island work hard: whether your island is a peninsula or the centre of the kitchen, making it multifunctional provides a great way for bringing in an audience, aka your guests. Create seating around it for easy conversation and a front row seat to all the action, a cooker such as the Teppanyaki Professional Hob allows for cooking right in front of guests, it looks impressive, and it is easy to clean whilst adding deep storage drawers into the island will make fancy plates easy to grab and go. You can also add a wine fridge in the island, so any drinks are within reaching distance and at the right temperature for drinking.


2. Add a home bar: having lovely glassware and bottles on display is a lovely design feature and one which is perfect for entertaining. Open shelves with glass wire racks add personality, a cooling sink is perfect for prepping drinks, wine racks are perfect for grabbing what you need and adding reeded glass to the front of the cabinets leaves an intrigue about what is behind the doors.

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3. Make room for a walk-in pantry: by situating these to the side of the kitchen with no door works perfectly for entertaining. Consider putting a wine rack and extra fridge in here for use when you have guests. It also works as an extra space to leave any mess that you don’t want seen. Painting them in a different colour also makes a huge visual impact, which is hard to resist.

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4. Look to an open plan living space: there’s no better way to throw a soiree, be it small or large, than with an open plan kitchen and living space. Maintaining presence while finishing up food or making drinks is essential for an ultimate entertainment space, just make sure your island or peninsula is always facing out so you are always in the mix of it all.

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5. Don’t forget lighting: make sure that you take lighting into consideration from the very beginning. Install dimmers and lights that can create an intimate, fun and warm atmosphere that work for any celebration.”

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William Durrant, owner of Herringbone Kitchens
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