Kitchens Designed for Entertaining

See how an open floor plan and convenient features like wet bars, islands and refrigeration drawers can transform a kitchen into entertainment central.

Photo By: Designer, Ilija Karlusic

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Photo By: Designer, Ken Kelly

Versatile Lighting in the Kitchen

This kitchen features dimmable lighting that allows the owner to create various moods for the evening. The open space and counter bar provide ample opportunities for entertaining. Design by Irwin Alexander

Efficient Layout in the Kitchen

This medium-size kitchen can entertain up to 40 people. The placement of the under-counter beverage refrigerator at the end of the cabinet run keeps people away from the cook's work area. The openness of the combined kitchen and eating area creates space for more guests. Photo by Terrance Williams. Design by Lauren Jacobsen in Studio City, Calif.

Kitchen Island Seating

This kitchen's open layout makes it perfect for entertaining. The island is a great option for guests who want to sit and chat with the host while keeping away from the oven. Tip: Don't be afraid to use a deep color in a room with a lot of natural light. Design by Judith Balis

Kitchen Meets Patio

Large doors connect this kitchen to a patio, creating the ultimate setup for entertaining. The space also features plenty of seating at the kitchen table and the counter, plus plenty of comfy patio couches. Design by Ilija Karlusic

Open Kitchen Plan

The open plan of this kitchen allows views and light to be shared throughout the space. The kitchen and dining areas open up to the living room, creating an ideal place to entertain guests. Design by Andreas Charalambous

Elegant Seating Area in the Kitchen

The coffered ceiling creates an inviting space by adding depth and interest. The multiple counter areas offer plenty of seating and room to move around. Photo by Ric Marder. Design by Ken Kelly in New York

Dinner and a Show

This kitchen features a built-in fireplace above the bar, unique lighting fixtures, an accent wall and a beautiful baby grand piano, completing the look of this stylish, modern space that's perfect for entertaining. Design by Vanessa DeLeon

Center Kitchen Island

This center island provides the homeowner and party host with a second oven. The island is a good use of space, as it also houses a recycling center and extra linen storage. It is also a great place for guests to join in conversations and enjoy a glass of wine while the host finishes preparing dinner. Design by Ackerman Interiors

Open Space in the Kitchen

High glass cherry cabinets are topped with black pearl marble and recycled aluminum tiles to highlight the stainless steel kitchen equipment. The kitchen opens into the dining room and bar area, making it ideal for entertaining. Photo by Daniel Newcomb. Design by Joseph Pubillones

Make a Large Room Feel Cozy

The support columns add a classic detail to an understated kitchen. The stained and painted finishes help make the large room feel cozy, while leaving open space to entertain guests for a small dinner party or a large celebration. Design by Gail Drury in Glen Ellyn, Ill.

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