Planning the perfect open plan kitchen

Planning the perfect open plan kitchen

In recent times, homeowners have gone totally bonkers for open plan living! The open plan kitchen diner/living room has become a particularly favourite, especially for young families as it means that parents can multitask without having to be in two places in the house at once.

Aside from that, it has become a revolutionary way of making everyone in the house spend more time together and this has obviously had a brilliant effect on relationships. Interior designs have changed to adapt with these new trends and it has opened a new world of styles. If you are looking to design an open plan kitchen for your own home, consider these criteria first:

1. Plan the layout

You will need to identify a space in your house where a kitchen will fit well, this means somewhere where there is the most available wall space for kitchen units and appliances to be fitted. Make sure that you have enough floor space to fit in everything that you want, it may mean that you have to make a few sacrifices if there isn’t enough room for a kitchen island as well as a dining area.

2. Choose the right kitchen design for your room

Depending on which room your open plan kitchen will merge into, you will need to decide whether you want your kitchen units to be fitted or unfitted, classic or modern and so on. If you don’t want to completely install a brand new kitchen, you can simply amend your kitchen’s design by getting some replacement kitchen doors which is a much cheaper option. Whatever option you choose, make sure that the style will complement the furniture in your dining or living areas. This doesn’t necessarily mean that your kitchen and furniture needs to be a complete match, sometimes the opposite can look amazing too. For example, having an antique dining table will look tasteful amongst the rest of the synonymous cabinetry.

3. Zone spaces

There are many ways of creating different zones within one space. Furniture can be used to corner off different sections, for example having sofas positioned around a TV in the corner of the room. Focal point for each of the separate zones will also give definition to each of them, however they still need to be complimentary to each other though. Lighting is also an easy way to create distinct zones; for example, having lighting in the kitchen section of the room which is bright will make it easy for you to see what you’re doing when you’re using it and will differentiate it from the low lighting in the dining area.

4. Heating and ventilation

As your kitchen will probably create a few smells from your cooking, you must ensure that your upholstery doesn’t hang onto those not so forgiving smells, such as curry by having plenty of ventilation! You can do this by either choosing a room which has plenty of windows and doors you can keep open, or you could invest in a strong oven extractor. In regard to heating, it is best to opt for underfloor heating so that you can eliminate radiators and free up as much wall space as possible.

Nhu Anh

Nhu Anh is a professional editor in the field of architecture and interior design. Having a strong desire for architecture and design in her writing career, Nhu Anh attempts to provide readers the most wonderful architectural news and projects.


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