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Open Plan Kitchen Design Ideas


Whether your plan is to create a little extra space in your home or you’d just like a new floor plan for your kitchen and dining room that will be welcoming for guests and family members, you might like to check out our open plan kitchen design ideas. Open plan kitchens can be great for entertaining, but they also have functionality, storage and efficiency benefits too.

Open Plan Kitchen Design Ideas.

Open Plan Kitchen Design Ideas.

One of the first things you need to decide when planning your open plan kitchen, is which walls you will leave standing and which you will remove to create the space. If any walls are load-bearing, your decision may already be made for you. But if you are relatively free to choose to remove any internal walls, you may decide to keep as few as one.

Single Wall Open Plan Kitchen Design.

Single Wall Open Plan Kitchen Design.

Single-wall open plan kitchens are more common nowadays, and they obviously create the most open plan feel of any kitchen designs. However, you might have to sacrifice some storage space if you want to create a single-wall open plan kitchen design.

Open Plan Kitchen With Large Island.

Open Plan Kitchen With Large Island.

Many homeowners who choose a single-wall open plan kitchen design compensate for the loss of storage space in several ways. You’ll often see a large kitchen island in a single-wall open plan kitchen, and kitchen islands typically offer great storage options, as well as having other important uses, including seating, dining and food preparation.

Open Kitchen Design With Double Island.

Open Kitchen Design With Double Island.

Some open plan kitchen design ideas even feature islands with a sink. When it comes to storage, islands in a one-wall open plan kitchen sometimes feature a set of drawers, cabinets, appliances or even convenient features for example, a lazy Susan or pull-out garbage can.

Open Kitchen Island With Sink.

Open Kitchen Island With Sink.

Lighting is an important feature of open plan kitchen designs, because open plan designs usually take up more space than an enclosed kitchen. Deciding on the ideal style and function can be challenging, but if you can focus on just the three basic lighting types, that is, main, decorative and task, you won’t have any problems lighting your open plan kitchen.

Open Plan Kitchen Pendant Light Inspiration.

Open Plan Kitchen Pendant Light Inspiration.

For your main lighting option, consider a circular track around the room. A neat chandelier or large handing pendant will be perfect for the dining room area. Task lighting will be great over the sink, cooking and food preparation areas. Then you could implement decorative lighting for the tops and bottoms of cabinets.

Open Kitchen With Recessed Lighting.

Open Kitchen With Recessed Lighting.

When you decide on furniture for your open plan kitchen design ideas, seating will be an important issue. Open plan kitchens are designed to be communal areas where socializing is as typical as cooking, cleaning and dining. Bar stools or bar-style chairs are a great option for a kitchen island, or countertops; a dining area with traditional table and chairs works well as either an eat-in kitchen or formal dining room. You might also like to check out Modern Home Kitchen Design Ideas here.

Luxury Open Plan Kitchen Design.

Luxury Open Plan Kitchen Design.

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This entry is archived in Kitchen category. Posted at Aug 25th 2015
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