How to open up your kitchen space for your Christmas dinner party

An orangery decorated for Christmas with warm lighting- open up your kitchen space

As the festive season approaches, you might be thinking about how you will be celebrating. If it’s your turn to host Christmas dinner or to see the New Year in in style, have you got enough space? Getting all your family and friends together can be a squeeze if you don’t have enough room. Here’s a few tips and tricks so that your Christmas this year is a success.

A kitchen extension is not just for Christmas

Everyone wants a bigger kitchen. Whether it’s because you want to add a breakfast bar, an island or more space to whip up delicious meals. By adding a dining area, serving meals becomes easier and if the extension is a conservatory or orangery, you can enjoy beautiful views at every meal. An open-plan kitchen diner can be the hub of entertaining in your home and might also encourage your guests to help with the washing up. By having glazed sections or roof lights, you can fill the room with light making it a bright, welcoming space. As long as you follow certain rules such as the extension cannot be higher than 4m and you don’t live in a listed building or conservation area, planning permission shouldn’t be required.

Create a brand-new room in one simple step

If you have a separate kitchen and dining area, have you considered knocking through the dividing wall? Create an open-plan area that will unleash plenty of unused space. You will also let more light in and make your home feel like new. You could either redecorate to let both rooms flow into one or keep distinct areas with more space.

An orangery used as a dining room with tiled floor- open up your kitchen space

Bring the outside in, even in winter

If you already have a conservatory or orangery, they would be the ideal place to enjoy your Christmas dinner. With bi-fold doors in between the extension and your original home, you’ll make the rooms blend into one. Bi-fold doors are also brilliant as doors leading to your garden. Though not as appealing in winter, once the temperatures pick up you can easily move between your inside and outside living spaces. Your home will be the perfect place to enjoy New Year’s Eve firework displays. With wide glass panes and slim frames, they offer superb views and also let in an abundance of light.

Nifty furniture rearranging

Sometimes just a change of layout can give you more space than you imagined. Try moving larger pieces of furniture such as your sofa or table and chairs around to create more space. If you’re hosting a Christmas buffet, push your table against the wall to create more space for people to get to your amazing feast.

Open up your kitchen space with the home transformation experts

If you’d like to discuss ways to open up your kitchen space or any other home improvements we offer, get in touch with us today. We have three showsites across the South of England where you can see up close our wide range of products and talk to our knowledgeable staff.