What You Need to Know If You Plan to Have An Open Plan Kitchen

Consider these things if you want an open-style kitchen.

Updated on September 27, 2018 8:09 am

Stephanie Yee

What You Need to Know If You Plan to Have An Open Plan Kitchen

Open kitchen is a trend that became popular in the 1990s and is still a practical layout for homes with small spaces. By integrating the kitchen with its adjacent rooms, the flow of your home will open up and create a spacious room.

While the open kitchen concept has been getting positive reviews, you may want to think about whether this is the right one for you. Here are things to consider to know if an open floor plan is the best option for your home:

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1. With open plan style, tearing down walls and divisions surrounding the kitchen is a must for you to have a bigger, naturally brighter, and well-ventilated space.

"Opening" your kitchen to your guests has its own pros and cons. While in the kitchen, you can entertain your guests and get them involved while you're doing some cooking action. However, this also showcases the mess and chaos you might have while whipping up scrumptious food. If you don’t like to expose the big, beautiful chaos but still want an open kitchen, you can use sliding barn doors or metal mesh curtains to give you a bit of privacy.

2. There are a lot of things you can do to ensure a continuous flow in your open plan kitchen. One is through lighting—the fixture you will use and how you'll place them. In lighting your open plan kitchen, think about the kitchen, dining, and living areas and designate proper lighting features for and within each zone. Proper lighting is crucial in defining and highlighting each zones for a more cohesive and uninterrupted look in your home.

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3. Be practical in positioning your kitchen. With an open-plan space, the kitchen should be located to the side or towards the back of the space. It should sit alongside the dining area so that you can converse with your guests easily.

4. Defining zones in your space is also a must. Open-plan spaces have a series of zones that work independently but definitely blend together. There are a lot of ways to define your zone like using a kitchen island, varying the floor tiles, or altering the ceiling heights to separate each zone from one another.

5. Scent can easily disperse in an open concept kitchen. If you can't bear the thought of having your couch smell like the meal you just had, putting up vents is your go-to solution.

6. Of course, decorating your kitchen should also be prioritised. If you’re completely sold out to having an open plan kitchen, the kitchen walls should have the same colour in order to give off a neutral effect. Light colours will put emphasis on your space, creating an illusion that your walls are farther away.


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