How to be cool in the kitchen

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If you’re looking for a new place to buy or rent on s1homes and fancy yourself as the budding Nigella or de jour Jamie then kitting out your home for cooking is a must.

After all, no dinner party guest wants to hear the ping of a microwave!

So here are s1homes’ top tips for avoiding kitchen nightmares . . . and creating that creme-de-la-creme dining experience.


Create a designated dining area

Even with limited space, it’s easy to create a dining area where your guests can relax with a drink while you cook up a storm in the kitchen.

Think creatively with the space you have and design accordingly. If you don’t have a designated dining room, transform your living room with ambient lighting, a fold-down dining table, bold crockery and a well-stocked drinks trolley – it all helps to create that perfect dinner party vibe.


Streamline your appliances

Why have half a dozen gadgets when you can have one that does it all? De-cluttering your kitchen makes the space more user-friendly and will help you streamline your preparation and cooking time.

Investing in multi-functional kitchen gizmos also save on washing up and leave you more time to schmooze with your guests.


Enjoy a breath of fresh air

Poor ventilation in the kitchen can lead to lingering smells throughout the house or flat, condensation and constant reminders of garlic . . . or that burned toffee pudding you forgot about.

Whether you choose a cooker hood, extractor fan or air purifier, make sure your kitchen smells fresh round the clock.

Where possible banish odours and invite fresh air in by keeping a window ajar.


Make your kitchen easy-clean

No-one likes scrubbing three-day old gravy splatter from kitchen surfaces. That’s why easy-clean worktops, flooring and backsplashes are the best choice.

Materials such as stainless steel, toughened safety glass, laminates and tiles are all ideal.

If you’re planning to redecorate pick materials, textures and shades that blend in with the style of the kitchen – for example, stainless steel helps complement a sleek and modern look.


Get yourself connected

There are plenty of smart gadgets and white goods available now that will add the wow factor to your kitchen.

From fridges that display their contents on digital screens, remind you of food expiry dates and even play music, to Wi-Fi enabled coffee-machines that allow you to brew the perfect cup via an app, there’s a gadget out there for everyone.


Intelligent storage solutions

No matter what size of house or apartment you’re looking to buy or rent, there are many ways to get creative with storage in the kitchen, depending on the aesthetic you’re going for.

For example, you may wish to upcycle or repurpose objects for an eclectic, bohemian vibe, or free-up cupboard space by hanging your finest pots and pans on a wall rail.


Add standout features

One of the hottest kitchen accessories around is a boiling water tap. Just turn it on, et voila . . . instant hot stuff! Induction cookers are also stand-out pieces. Designed for speed and precision, they’re also much safer than traditional cooking plates and look ultra-modern too.

Investing in standout features will give your home showstoppers that will be the talk of dinner parties.


Now all you need are the right ingredients and invites for your pals . . . oh and, of course, the perfect property from our delicious range on s1homes.

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