A popular trend in homes continues to be creating an open-plan layout, either in new builds or with new extension or renovation projects. One of the design challenges that arise from this is the need to blend the kitchen into the main living space.
Below we have listed a few tricks and techniques that designers use and which you can employ when planning a kitchen in an open plan setting.
Linking with similar tones
One way to connect the different parts of an open plan space is to use the same finishes throughout. This can for example blend wall units in natural timber with complimentary painted finishes on the walls and shelving.
Make use of a recess
With storage often at a premium, an effective way to maximise your cabinetry without taking over space is to create a recess, moving the cupboards further back from the floor. This helps to pull the kitchen deeper into the wall and make it appear that the units recede into the background.
Compliment existing architectural features
Any framework or features in the living or dining area can be replicated with lines, patterns, colours or textures in the doors and drawers in the kitchen area. Likewise, if space allows, look to reflect the surrounding detail in the worktop pattern and cabinetry of a central island.
Use of lighting
If you want to be creative with lighting, LED strips are a great place to start. By fitting them along the edges of walls and furniture, you can add a whole new dimension to a room. To tie in the spaces, even more, you could also use the kind of lights you’ll more find in a living space or bedroom.
Keeping a wood theme
Using wood helps to create a warm, natural feel to the kitchen which enables it to become part of the whole space, with natural finishes tying all the areas together. Use of timber joinery can add a feature to the room and harmonise with the natural elements elsewhere.
Curate a display
A smart way to make your kitchen feel like part of the living space is to display things as you would in your sitting room. For instance, you may wish to incorporate shelving that provides space to curate attractive objects and artwork. In this way, the cooking area feels less like a utilitarian space, and blends in with the whole of the open-plan room.
Reflect the floor
Create the illusion of space and flow by using mirrored kickboards beneath your units. The plinths will reflect the floor and make it seem as if it continues below the units. This works particularly well if you want to make more of a wooden floor which flows into the dining and living areas
How FABRICO can help
FABRICO’s one-stop-shop approach to helping our customers achieve the home of their dreams includes a design service which can offer advice and suggestions on how best to create a kitchen that feels more like part of the living space than a functional room on its own.
We are always pleased to discuss your plans and give you the benefit of our time and expertise. Feel free to contact us either through our website (click here to contact us) or email us firstname.lastname@example.org.