If you are planning on knocking down some walls to create a larger kitchen, or if you are transforming an extension, an open plan kitchen could be the perfect option. While an open plan kitchen can suit any home, whether its traditional or contemporary, there are some considerations. Here at Homematas, we are Preston’s leading kitchen design specialists. As a result, we have produced this guide to creating an open plan kitchen.
The size and layout
While square or rectangular kitchens are popular, you dont have to follow the same path. Your kitchen could benefit from an unusual layout option, an L or P shape for example. As you are fully renovating, you will have more choice about the size and layout of your kitchen, so make sure you do your research before jumping in.
Artificial lighting is important for an open plan kitchen, especially one using zoning, but so too is natural light. In fact you can add a whole new dynamic to your new kitchen by including large windows, roof-lights, or bi-fold doors to the outside. Not only will it look dramatic, it will have the added health benefits that natural light brings.
To make the most of any natural light, choose light coloured, reflective surfaces for your kitchen. In a contemporary home, high gloss cabinets can really emphasize the light, making the space look brighter and more appealing. In traditional kitchens, the light timber and light coloured natural stone can be very effective.
Its not just the colour of the cabinets you should consider in an open plan kitchen, it is also the size and use of them. Sitting down at the kitchen table to see an untidy kitchen is not a good way to relax and enjoy your food. Instead, make sure your kitchen contains a few innovative storage solutions. These may include:
⦁ pull out larder draws to store spices and jars
⦁ magic corner storage solutions
⦁ drawers inside cupboards for up to 30% more storage