Preparing food for a party isn’t exactly easy, especially if your kitchen is lacking proper supplies. As the holiday season approaches, anxiety over entertaining guests rises and you don’t want to be unprepared when it’s time to throw your big Thanksgiving soireé.
Luckily, in our ever-evolving world of high-tech innovation, almost everything is created with the purpose of making life easier — and the modern-day kitchen is both beautiful and teeming with smart technology. From stunning, state-of-the-art design to groundbreaking gadgets and cooking supplies, these inspiring design details can help you obtain the cutting-edge kitchen of your dreams.
1. Start with smart.
The modern kitchen is fully equipped with Internet-linked home appliances to make your life easier and more efficient. When items are synced with your smartphone or tablet, you’ll be notified when they need your attention. The fridge water filter needs to be changed– ding! The dishwasher needs a specific wash setting– buzz! Connecting to your kitchen like this is the best way to guarantee nothing gets forgotten as you prep for your holiday party.
2. Make it multifunctional.
A modern kitchen should be both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Maximize space by choosing multi-purpose design elements like islands that hold kitchenware, have built-in appliances, and plenty of surface area for dining. Clever storage techniques like a hidden fridge or mini appliances tucked away in drawers and cabinets mean you don’t have to sacrifice good design for cooking and storage space.
3. Incorporate design-friendly lighting.
Lighting often goes overshadowed when designing a space, but this is a huge misstep – especially in the kitchen. Proper lighting illuminates your food prep area and sets the mood of your entire space. If your kitchen design is traditional, you may want an ornate chandelier while a modern kitchen looks streamlined with a set of minimal pendant lights over the counter. A tech-savvy kitchen should be well-lit but have a dimmer so you can easily change the mood depending on what you’re doing.
4. Double your office space, triple your efficiency.
Kitchens often function as a second office. We post reminders and keep track of receipts on the fridge, pay our bills at the counter, make phone calls, and plan our schedules. This is why having a workstation in the kitchen filled with tech essentials can help keep you in control of your life. Add a USB charging outlet to a drawer or wall as a convenient place to charge up. If you have space, designate a small desk area where you can keep office supplies, a whiteboard or calendar, and a speaker to blast your favorite songs on as you prepare dinner.
5. Combine stunning design details with practical appliances.
From stain-proof, sustainable countertops that still look polished, to colorful espresso machines that make you feel like you have a personal barista, there are lots of accessories that can help optimize your kitchen efficiency. Details as minor as the knobs on your stove or an arrangement of pots and pans hanging above your sink can help you create a productive, high-tech, and beautiful space.