Open-plan living spaces grow more popular every year, especially in more modern homes. But this doesn’t mean that open-plan living is limited to ultra-modern style. The inviting, airy feel of the open-plan design can work just as well in traditional style homes. The days of separate kitchens and formal dining areas are becoming a thing of the past, and in many new homes and refurbishments, we are seeing a social and welcoming kitchen and diner combination, open to the rest of the living space.
The kitchen has long been the heart of the home, and we are seeing many more clients keen to keep the theme of open living spaces carrying through to their new kitchen. If you’re planning on buying a new kitchen, you’re sure to have endless questions and ideas. But if your main objective is to design your kitchen to fit with your existing open-plan living space, we can offer you the guidance you need.
Keep Space the Priority
When designing your new kitchen to fit in with your open-plan living space, maintaining the feel of an abundance of open space should be your top priority. It can be tempted to install overhead cupboards in as many areas as possible to maximise your storage space, but this is just one example of a design flaw that will have a negative effect on the open-plan feel.
Instead, concentrate on alternative options that will provide plenty of storage, like open shelving or floating glass shelves that further lend an airy and open feeling to the space.
Be Mindful of Natural Light
One of the most important elements of an open-plan kitchen or living space is plenty of natural light. To incorporate this style in your kitchen, choose items that will allow for, or increase the flow of natural light. This could mean larger windows, a skylight, or removing walls to further open up the space and allow light from other rooms to drift in. You can also get creative and work in elements that reflect natural light to increase the glow of the room. Reflective worktops such as glass or stainless steel go a long way in moving natural light around a space.
One of the most appealing factors of an open-plan living space is that it beautifully allows for natural flow. Each room feels like a continuation of the previous, with only subtle distinctions separating the spaces from one another, such as different flooring or discrete beams. When deciding on the layout and how your kitchen will fit into your current open-plan living space, you’ll want to take the current flow of the space into consideration and ensure that this is not disrupted. Your kitchen should become an effortless extension of your living space, or rather, the very heart of it. Make sure to consider how foot traffic is likely to flow in the space, and how your dining space is going to affect that flow.
Add an island
Finally, when working to design an open-plan kitchen, you’ll probably want to consider one of the crowning features of the layout – the kitchen island. Most clients, no matter what style of kitchen they’re going for, covet the kitchen island. This multifunctional feature provides everything most people desire in a kitchen, including additional worktop space, storage, extra eating space with the simple addition of stools, and the option to make a real design statement. The real benefit of an island when working a kitchen into an open-plan living space is that it provides that extra storage without having to mount additional overhead cupboard space, but it also provides a subtle distinction between the kitchen and the rest of the space.
If you’d like to discuss your kitchen project with us, please get in touch and we’d be more than happy to assist you.
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