5 top tips for creating an open-plan kitchen in today’s sociable world
Opening up your kitchen to encompass zones for cooking, eating and living in one large space is a great solution for today’s sociable world. Vittorio Naldi, Branch Manager at Scavolini UK, reveals five of the best ways to achieve the open-plan look…
1) When planning an open-plan space, remember that everything will be on show all the time. To hide mess while you are entertaining, consider storage solutions that shield working areas. Pocket, sliding or bi-fold doors are great for quickly concealing overflowing sinks and cluttered worktops.
2) Think about ways to make your kitchen look less obtrusive. Retractable elements such as downdraft extractors and pop-up plug sockets sit flush to the worktop when not in use. Also check out super-sleek touch controls seen on the latest ovens and hobs, plus sinks that sit under or flush with the worktop for uninterrupted lines.
3) The risk of creating a large, open-plan space is that your kitchen can lose a feeling of intimacy. The solution is to zone the working part of the kitchen with an island or peninsula, successfully creating a visual barrier between different areas. Think carefully about its design so that it serves multiple functions. For example, fit your island or peninsula with a hob and prep sink so that the chef can socialise while cooking. Add space for informal dining or somewhere to work in the shape of a lowered or raised breakfast bar.
4) Use harmonising materials, colours and textures to ensure your open-plan space flows seamlessly. For instance, choosing living room cabinetry in a colour that matches or complements your kitchen units is guaranteed to bring continuity to a design.
5) Blur the boundaries by extending kitchen cabinets into your living area. Many kitchen furniture ranges now include glass-fronted units designed to work in any area of an open-plan room, or pieces specifically for the living room, such as TV cabinets.
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