Transform Your Kitchen into the Ultimate Summer Hangout
Summer is a season for relaxation, sunshine, and good times with friends and family. Having waited what feels like an eternity for it to show itself this year, the sun is finally making a regular appearance, which gives us good cause to start thinking about those upcoming hazy summer days and balmy evenings. While the great outdoors often understandably steal the spotlight, your kitchen can be the perfect place to create a vibrant summer hangout, particularly for those of us not blessed with sprawling sunny gardens. By infusing your culinary haven with summer-themed elements, you can make it the go-to destination for gatherings, impromptu parties, and unforgettable memories. In this blog post, we’ll explore some fantastic ideas to transform your kitchen into the ultimate summer hangout.
Embrace Natural Light:
Maximise the summer vibes by letting in as much natural light as possible. Replace heavy curtains with sheer, lightweight ones to allow sunlight to flood the room and draw blinds high to let the blue skies in. For naturally dark rooms, perhaps consider installing skylights or large windows to bring in even more sunshine, creating an inviting and refreshing atmosphere. There is no substitute for natural light when it comes to creating that bright and airy feel in your home.
Cool and Fresh Colour Palette:
We talk a lot about changing up your colour palette to echo the season; with the summer you’ll want to choose a colour scheme that evokes a cool and fresh feeling. Opt for light and airy tones like soft blues, pale greens, and sunny yellows. These colours can help create a serene and relaxed ambiance, reminiscent of a coastal summer retreat. Who doesn’t feel happier when they’re by the sea?!
Indoor Herb Garden:
If you love the sights and scents of plants but don’t have an outdoor space, why not bring the freshness of summer into your kitchen by starting an indoor herb garden? Utilise a windowsill or a dedicated space to grow herbs like basil, mint, rosemary, and thyme. Not only will they add a delightful aroma, but they can also be used to enhance the flavours of your summer recipes.
Open Shelving for Display:
If you’re currently designing a new kitchen, you could think about installing some open shelving. Alternatively you could give your existing kitchen an updated by swapping some of your kitchen cabinet doors with open shelving to showcase your colourful collection of summer-themed dishware, glassware, and serve ware. Displaying your vibrant pieces adds a touch of personality to the space and serves as a constant reminder of the joyful season. It’s a great excuse to treat yourself to some of the beautiful summer dining ware that’s available in all the shops at the moment!
Refreshing and Functional Seating:
Invest in comfortable and versatile seating options that suit a summer hangout. Opt for chairs or bar stools with airy designs and lightweight materials like rattan, wicker, or bamboo. Consider adding a cosy bench or a window seat to create a casual and inviting spot for friends and family to gather. The only problem you could have is getting them to vacate their comfy spots…
If you are fortunate enough to have a kitchen with direct access to an outdoor area, create a seamless connection between the two spaces. Install wide sliding doors or French doors that open up to a patio or deck. This allows for easy flow between indoor and outdoor activities, enhancing the overall summer experience. Many of our customers planning new kitchens in extensions are very keen to build this feature in, making the most of both spaces and the beautiful views afforded by the garden.
Sprinkle the kitchen with summer-inspired decor elements. Hang string lights or paper lanterns to create a magical ambiance during evening gatherings. Incorporate colourful throw pillows, table linens, and vibrant floral arrangements to brighten up the space. Don’t forget to add beach-inspired artwork or wall decals to complete the summer theme.
Set up a designated area for refreshing summer beverages. Install a small beverage fridge or create a stylish beverage cart stocked with ice, a variety of chilled drinks, and fresh fruit garnishes. Encourage guests to help themselves and keep the atmosphere light and carefree.
Outdoor Cooking Accessories:
Equip your kitchen with accessories that support outdoor cooking. A sturdy blender for smoothies, a portable grill for impromptu barbecues, or a trendy ice cream maker for homemade treats can take your culinary endeavours to the next level and make your kitchen the ultimate summer hangout spot.
With a little creativity and a touch of summer spirit, you can transform your kitchen into a vibrant and inviting space for entertaining and socialising. By incorporating natural light, fresh colours, seasonal decor, and functional elements, your kitchen can become the go-to destination for memorable summer gatherings. So, grab your apron, embrace the summer vibes, and get ready to create lasting memories with family and friends in your very own summer-inspired kitchen hangout.
Do you plan on giving any of these suggestions a go? Let us know in the comments below.
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