Open plan kitchens can be “Oh, so stylish” today and still offer all the charm and convenience of Grandma’s kitchen, including space for your whole family and lots of friends to gather. It takes a bit of planning, but if you’re planning a kitchen renovation, why not get in touch with your inner social animal and plan a kitchen that will meet the varied needs for cooking and entertaining as well as good looks?
Here are 5 sure-fire tips:
Even a single wall kitchen — a smart solution for an open plan — should have efficient zones for food prep, actual cooking, and clean up tasks. That way, two or more cooks can have a hand in getting a meal ready or assuring that party guests are well cared for. The best open plans incorporate some type of visual separation from adjacent living space. Use an archway, a change in ceiling height, or a pair of columns to denote an “entry.” Designate the separate space by tucking your kitchen into a corner, or turn a corner with a two-wall space. Install a large island or even dual islands to serve as space dividers. Islands and peninsulas offer additional counter space, allow you to add a row of stools, and supply abundant, convenient storage.
Plan your storage needs in advance. A separate pantry is a sleek way to keep cooking and serving gear together and out of sight. A trendy modern kitchen can incorporate floor-to-ceiling cabinetry or freestanding hutches. Think beyond traditional upper and lower cabinets. Coordinate your renovated kitchen decor with the style of the rest of your home, whether it’s traditional, mid-Century modern or sleek European in character. “Butler’s Pantries” and corridor serving bars that expand kitchen function to dining and living spaces are making a return to the kitchen scene.
At The Kitchen Master, we’ve helped hundreds of clients create custom kitchens to make their homes more attractive, functional and inviting. Consider some of the following ideas as you plan your renovation to create the kitchen you’ve always imagined. 1. Practical and stylish cabinetry can enhance any kitchen. Kitchens with… Read moreView latest blog posts