DESIGNING A CLOSER CHRISTMAS IN THE KITCHEN
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Our kitchen and dining areas are always at the centre of preparing
and celebrating Christmas. It’s a place and a time to relax and enjoy great
food in great company and bring the whole household together.
festive season fast approaches and we long await to re-connect and share the
day with our loved ones, we teamed up with The Design Buzz, founded by luxury
interior designer Shalini Misra and a host of other kitchen partners and London
artisans to inspire a closer Christmas in your
kitchen and dining space.
With so much to catch up this year, it has to be all about ease,
enjoyment and utter indulgence.
So when it came to styling the ideal Christmas in the kitchen, we
focused on creating a relaxed atmosphere but also beautiful design which
encourages conversation – in an environment that keeps you connected and allows
for movement as the mood of the day changes.
All luxury décor is exclusively handpicked and can be found at The Design Buzz.
Flowers by Blume Studio, Appliances and Food by Siemens Home Uk, drinks
by The Cocktail Service. Photography Beth Crockatt. Videography Paul Hines.
Setting the scene:
Naturally, Christmas fills any room with colour and joy. So to create a
relaxed, luxury atmosphere we took an understated ‘clean-luxe’ approach, with
warm tones, and a focus on fine materials and rich, layered textures
Echoing the monotone and metallic tones of the kitchen setting, we kept
our palette colours quite neutral. Largely focusing on white and green as our
We also chose to add accents of marble to bring a sense of elegance and
opulence to the styling, paired with gold cutlery for a metallic element to tie
it all together. The florals - again in a simplistic dark palette - bring an
organic feel to the room design, adding a final layer of texture, movement, and
a big luxe statement.
Design to encourage conversation:
With the overarching intent to encourage connection and conversation, we
created statement focal pieces designed as talking points throughout the space.
From the big statements; including extra-tall statement candles creating
ambiance around the table, the huge central champagne bucket, and the big floral
hanging installation adorned with mistletoe to connect the kitchen and dining
spaces - the ultimate symbol of ‘coming together’.
To the smaller statement
details; the crisp, handcrafted porcelain ornaments providing a modern, almost
undulating winter-scape, the finest luxury linen, and the hand-made wooden
soldiers on each place setting.
Lastly, we laid a variety of cut branches to bring the setting to life
and then came the fun part… layering it up. We added berries, cones and dried
fruits to give it an added textural interest.
Connect your layout:
When it comes to encouraging togetherness in your kitchen-dining space, it’s
important to think about connecting the different zones.
Open kitchen-dining layouts are perfect for not only bringing everyone
together in one space but also for joining different functions. This particular
kitchen has its main cooking zone facing outward to the seating area to keep
the conversation flowing and everyone involved. Having a kitchen-bar area
placed close by also helps to keep everyone together and everything in easy
It can also be quite practical to offer different seating options for
your guests. Such as formal seating for dining, and bar stools for casual
conversation and a different place to rest. This keeps everything upbeat and
allows movement as the mood of the day changes – but crucially all staying
together in one space.
Here, we layered an abundance of bite-size food at each end of the
table. Not only is it easy to share over conversation, but it connects everyone
at both ends. We also created a fun games station on the peninsular with
additional grazing platters and warm mulled wine simmering on the hob - another
reason and place for guests to gather.
How you can prepare your kitchen/dining space for the festive season:
1. Bring out the decor you’ve been
saving for special entertainment occasions.
2. Remove the clutter, a kitchen in
its purest state is enough to bring the Christmas cheer.
3. Invest in statement tableware and
think about how you can use deign to promote interest and conversation.
4. Whatever the nature of your space
- think of ways to use it to encourage sharing and reasons for your guests to
However you celebrate the festive season at home, we wish
you a very Merry Christmas.