‘Open-plan living’ has been one of the most
popular phrases in interior design over the last few years. A multi-functional, social,
light-filled space that can be enjoyed by the whole family is, understandably,
something that many of our clients are looking for in their kitchens.
Here are some tips about things to consider
if you’re looking to convert to open plan:
- Adding a kitchen island to the kitchen design can
really help the flow of an open plan room. It gives you the option of adding appliances into it in
order to maximise the efficiency of the space between the ‘working triangle’ of
the most used appliances in the kitchen.
- An island could also incorporate an
informal seating area where the kids can get on with their homework, or you can
sit and have a coffee.
- Think about the amount of storage you
need. Do you need wall
cupboards? If not, a low-level kitchen can look great and adds to the feeling of space.
- Continuing the kitchen furniture into the
living space binds the spaces together.
Many kitchen suppliers offer cabinets and storage options that will look
great throughout your home.
- Consider quiet appliances, so they don’t
disturb you when you’re in the living area. There are some great options available. Alternatively, move the noisier appliances
to a utility room, if you have the space.
- Odours from cooking are a consideration,
but there are a host of efficient extraction products that will solve
this problem for you. Our
designers will be pleased to recommend a good option.
- Make the room cohesive by repeating colours
used elsewhere. For instance, the
colour of furnishings in the living area could be repeated in elements of the
- Because your open plan kitchen will be a
multi-purpose room, it’s important to keep things tidy and in order. Integrated appliances are a must, and a
large pantry cupboard or pull-out larder with lots of storage space would come
in useful so that you can keep your worktops clutter-free.
- It’s important that this social space
doesn’t become too chaotic, so think about ways to create subtle boundaries
between the different areas in the kitchen. Again, islands and peninsulars can be good for this, and so
Alternatively, if you don’t have the space
or budget to create a fully open-plan room, our experienced designers will be
happy to discuss ways of making the space you do have for your new kitchen more
light and airy, through cabinet layout and design, colour and lighting.