Even if cooking isn’t your strong suit, we’ve all learned a thing or two in the kitchen over the past year during all this time at home. Many of us have had the time to slow down and cook meals more often. Whether out of necessity, curiosity, or sheer boredom, dining at home had made us all better cooks. From weekend brunch to Monday night dinner, we’ve covered all the bases, and dining slow at home has become a staple in almost all of our lives.
As we dive into more meals in our own spaces, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite trends when it comes to dining at home these days:
Comfort is Key
Whether it’s a big cozy sectional or a pair of your favourite joggers, comfort truly is king these days. We’re seeing that translated to the kitchen with sturdy stoneware in modern profiles and minimalist colourways. We also love fuss-free wood serveware and soft linen napkins that have a natural ease and beautiful texture. That effortlessly cool look and feel is perfect for everyday dining.
With extra time at home and a newfound gratitude for the simple pleasures in life, we’re happy to spend a little longer at the table than usual with the ones we love most. Don’t be afraid to draw out your dinners with more than the main course. Use those freshly sharpened cooking skills to get creative with appetizers and desserts. It’ll give you an excuse to linger a little longer than necessary. Invest in comfortable dining chairs with upholstered seats and a spacious table. It will create the perfect setting for dining at home over lengthy meals at the table.
Just because you can’t have friends over for dinner in person doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy and experience a meal together online. Beyond just scheduling a Zoom call, we love the idea of providing each guest with a shopping list of ingredients – or even a takeout menu – so that you can enjoy the same meal or food from the same restaurant over the course of the evening. Virtual cooking classes are also a huge trend, and we think they’re here for the long haul. Now is the perfect time to get inspired and expand your existing culinary skills to make dining at home an even better experience.
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