As the temperature drops and our attention shifts inside, even contemplating an outside kitchen is shocking, if not stylistically sacrilegious. While creating warm and inviting areas for the here and now is top on most people’s décor to-do list, getting a jump start on your outdoor living space might be an investment in your future self and space. Simply put, no one wants to spend the height of summer combing, examining tile samples, or waiting for back-ordered patio furniture.
Decorating an outdoor kitchen is difficult, no matter how early you begin the planning process. You’ll need to consider how your kitchen quarters will fare during the unfavorable months and how they will serve home chefs and guests. To assist, we asked a few designers to share their finest outdoor kitchen decoration advice. The points below are worthy of a chef’s kiss, ranging from functional to visually attractive.
1. BEFOREHAND BUDGET
Suppose you intend to invest in the environment (such as a patio or decking) and start with essential kitchen equipment and appliances that can be upgraded over time if you want to hang out in your home for an extended time. If you suspect you might be relocating, make your dream equipment portable so you can take it with you.
2. PERFORM AN APPLIANCE AUDIT
One of the first choices you will ever have to make when building your outdoor kitchen is which appliances to include. Unlike in a traditional kitchen, there are no wrong answers. While some residents may stick to a barbecue, the design included the works, such as a beverage fridge.
3. TAKE COVERAGE
Outdoor kitchens may evoke thoughts of relaxing, breezy, and open spaces. However, consider adding walls and a ceiling if you want to make the most of yours. Architects collaborated to design the ideal indoor-outdoor area with big serving windows.
4. STYLING FOR ALL SEASONS
Though outdoor kitchens are often associated with the summer, those who live in warmer climates might utilize this space year-round. But if you’d like to differentiate your space for each season, add some textural touches.
5. PLACE YOUR KITCHEN STRATEGICALLY
Because the kitchen is one of the most used spaces of any home, it makes sense to place it near the “wow” aspect of your backyard. Ten Plus Three built this modest arrangement directly next to their client’s pool for maximum convenience. Dinner entertainment has never been more enjoyable!
6. LOOK FOR A SUBTLE SPOT
If space is limited, try adding a kitchen to one of your property’s unused sections. This side yard features a stunning outdoor kitchen. Areas that require much care are typically the ideal places for privacy and provide an opportunity to add some ambiance to an underutilized room.
7. IMPROVE YOUR STORAGE
“Every interior kitchen has cabinetry to store these products, but most people don’t consider it for an outdoor kitchen. It might be inconvenient, but having the same outside conveniences can help make using an outside space more comfortable.”
8. IMPLEMENT A FUNCTIONAL FLOW
Make outdoor dinner prep as simple as possible with a long countertop. With a sink and burner bordering each side, you can go from cleaning veggies to grilling in no time.
9. USE A FIREPLACE TO HEAT THINGS UP
A built-in fireplace adds to the atmosphere and keeps guests warm on cool nights. While a typical hearth will warm up a kitchen, this streamlined pizza oven prioritizes foodies.
10. PLAN IT OUT
Consider looking beyond kitchen appliances to bridge the divide between form and function. An outdoor kitchen is stylishly divided into meal preparation, cooking, dining, and mingling zones for meal preparation, cooking, dining, and mingling. There will be plenty of space for both hosts and visitors.
11. ADD TO YOUR DECK
If you want to add a cooking area to your backyard, try creating it off your existing structures. An open recessed kitchen is placed nicely between a pool and terrace in this Arte Patio space. Cabinets complete the room, establishing the ideal mix between practicality and beauty.
12. CHOOSE A COLOR POP
Just because an outdoor kitchen serves a valuable purpose and must be weatherproof doesn’t mean it can’t also look attractive. Make an Instagram-worthy statement with a vibrant flash of color as these bright blue cabinets.
13. LAYERS OF LIGHTING
Layer on the light for a kitchen serving meals all day, from scrambled eggs in the morning to s’mores at night. Sconces outside the kitchen, pendants inside the structure, and string lights in the middle.
14. SHOW OFF YOUR SCREEN
Looking for a place to eat and watch a show? You can install a television in your outdoor kitchen. That way, you can unwind long after the last meal has been served.
15. DESIGN AN L SHAPE
Like most indoor kitchens, outdoor kitchens are as much about socializing as they are about food preparation, so make room for both. L-shaped layouts are popular, with the cook at one end and the guests at the other