How to get your kitchen summer ready
Alongside sunshine, blue skies and ice-cream vans, the start of summer brings garden parties galore and BBQs a-plenty. With this shift in seasons and plenty more opportunities to socialise with friends and family, your kitchen is likely to see more action as you prep for and host summer soirées.
To help you get ready for the demands of this social season, we’ve put together some of our favourite ways to get your kitchen summer-ready.
THYME TO GROW YOUR OWN
With ‘Greenery’ announced as Pantone’s colour of the year, adding sprigs and bunches of fresh herbs to your kitchen is not only practical, but bang-on-trend! You don’t have to be a gardening whiz to get started; all you need is a few plant pots and a sliver of space which basks in lots of sunshine – a windowsill is ideal, or you can even use wall mounts and hanging baskets. By potting easy herbs such as rosemary, basil or coriander, you’ll not only have a pretty display of foliage, but also a bunch of fresh herbs to add in your summer recipes.
To get your kitchen summer-ready, a few clever switches and additions of accessories can illuminate up your space to complement the brighter days and lighter evenings. Swap darker tableware for pastel and white shades, and inject a splash of colour with bright utensils. Pay attention to the finer details; swap in colourful tea towels or add summery floral-print seat covers to rejuvenate your kitchen.
FRUITY ‘N’ FLORAL
Warmer weather brings an abundance of fresh fruit on supermarket shelves and market stalls; make the most of the availability and variety by filling up a large fruit bowl to the brim. The bright and vivid colours of ripening red strawberries, tropical mangoes and sunshine-yellow bananas make for a striking centrepiece. Plus, having fruit conveniently on your countertop will encourage you to get your 5-a-day!
Or, if florals take your fancy, summer is bloomin’ marvellous for easy-to-buy fresh and fragrant flowers. Cover your worktops with the season’s best; ranunculus, peonies, cala lillies, zinnias and garden roses are all bold and beautiful, and effortlessly bring the outdoors in.
With summer welcoming in long, warm evenings, your kitchen is sure to be the scene of many a summer soirée! Set yourself up to be the hostess with the mostest by creating a temporary drinks bar to quench thirst at a moment’s notice. You can keep it simple by lining up bottles of wine, spirits and cocktail mixers along a cleared shelf, or along the wall-edge of your counter. For something a little more permanent, try replacing one of your cupboard doors with one made of glass to properly display your collection of tipples.