Given the opportunity, many of us are choosing a more open plan layout for our home. By opening up our kitchen, living and dining areas, combined with efficient modern heating systems, we can appreciate a greater sense of space. This also allows us to connect more with other features of our home, such as the garden, and enables us to be more creative with how we can personalise our space.
One of the design challenges can be to make sure that the different spaces, especially the kitchen, blend together. For instance, flat-fronted cabinets that fade into the walls, units that resemble period furniture, and walls lined with texture and artwork are just some of the tricks designers use to create a kitchen that feels more like part of the living space than a functional room on its own.
Here’s 6 interior design tips that you can consider for creating seamless open plan living spaces.
Link with similar tones
If you have a space that has been added to the original floorplan, such as a rear extension, one way to give the whole space a connection is by using the same finishes throughout.
For instance, you can incorporate elements of natural timber in shelving, flooring and kitchen cupboards that reflects the brown tones of the sideboard and table. This helps the kitchen to tie into the rest of the living and dining space and feel part of the whole.
Alternatively, you can use coloured acrylic or matt-finished doors on your kitchen units to merge with a plain coloured wall covering in the rest of the space.
Create a recess
Where you have the opportunity with your kitchen storage, you can create a recess between the cabinets and incorporate open shelves. Whilst the units line the walls, the recessed shelving help pull the kitchen deeper into the wall and wall units fade into the background.
Use of pale colours helps provide a framework for walls that look more like a living space than a functional kitchen. This helps to give the eye something else to focus on.
Make the most of architectural features
If your living or dining area is blessed with some attractive features, such as beams, frames or plasterwork, you can use this as a basis for a scheme to tie in the kitchen area.
The use of similar wood, metal or plasterwork in the kitchen will help make it become part of the whole space. Simple plain colour palettes then help and harmonise with the other elements elsewhere.
Another idea is to incorporate elements of your kitchen worktop, be it marble, granite or wood laminate in the living area, such as mats and coasters. Or instead of blending your kickboards in with the units, consider using them as a striking frame instead, linking with other colours and materials to give more depth to the whole room.
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 a long shelf provides space to curate attractive objects and artwork. This helps the cooking area feel less like a utilitarian space, and blends in with the open-plan room as a whole.
Use imaginative lighting
These days there are many ways for different types of lighting to focus on the more interesting elements of your space or shift emphasis away from say, kitchen cabinets.
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.
Create an illusion
Create the illusion of space and flow by using mirrors in discrete parts of your room. These can be wall-mounted, within glass fronted cabinets, or as kickboards beneath your kitchen units. Mirrors are wide and varied and can be as ornamental as you like to suit your own taste.
Suggest use as large a mirror as your space will allow for greatest impact. These mirrors will reflect your space and offering different views of the floor, walls and outer spaces such as the garden.
How FABRICO can help
FABRICO’s one-stop-shop approach to helping our customers achieve the home of their dreams includes a free outline design service. We can offer advice and suggestions on how best to plan your open plan area to meet your functional and aesthetic needs and help create your perfect living space.
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.