Open-concept designs are all the rage for good reason. Not only do they help your home feel larger, but they actually live larger; extending the area family and friend can float around and still stay within the bash’s boundaries. (Just think: How often does the party really shift far from the food and drink?)
Tour these open-concept cooking spaces for some inspiration to set up your kitchen as an ultimately hospitable—and host-ready—area.
Two handy sinks, one massive, marble island, zero reason not to entertain right here, right now in this family-friendly Texas kitchen. Rustic bricks and wood beams bring the fancy stone and chrome elements down to earth—and the resulting combo platter make the kitchen inviting to kids and adults alike.
Trendy yet timeless all at once, this Hamptons, New York kitchen could feel stark with its black and white color palette. But it actually feels nice and welcoming thanks to natural touches (wood stools, green plants), right-at-home built-in appliances, and eye-catching metallic lines.
Provence meets California in this Santa Monica home that exudes a fresh farmhouse feel. Ample, plush seating and a guest-facing island make it easy to chop and chat all at once. Uncork a bottle of Provençal rosé, set out some macarons, and everyone (yes, host included!) will feel like they’re on vacation in France.
Streams of natural and sweeping ceilings help this Minnesota lake-adjacent kitchen feel like a breath of fete-ready fresh air. Industrial touches like silver appliances and black beams complement the cozy qualities, including a flickering fireplace and a wood accent wall. The oversized island seats about a dozen...which seems like the optimal space for a team-prepped dinner, in our opinion!
Here’s a bright idea: When the kitchen is long and lean, as in this Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota home, invite the main dining table right into the floorplan. With poppy yellow chairs around a large farmhouse table, color and conversation are now within reach of the range and the countertop drink station.