In addition to providing a great entertaining space, the benefits of an open kitchen include efficiency, organization and storage; so it’s no wonder that open kitchens are one of the most popular demands in homebuilding today. Whether you are building a modern or traditional home, the concepts behind an open kitchen are the same.
When you’re designing your dream kitchen, your floor plan and load-bearing wall locations will determine the number of standing walls in your space. The most common open kitchen designs we see are single-wall kitchens, meaning there is one fixed wall and the rest is open. With one-wall kitchens, you maximize the openness, but may lose some storage space. We also see many homebuyers opting for an L-shaped kitchen to allow for some extra cabinet and counter space for storage.
There are many ways to compensate for the lack of storage in kitchens that host only one wall. Large kitchen islands are often used to increase the amount of storage while also being used for countertop space for food preparation, seating options and housing appliances, such as dishwashers and sinks. Incorporating features like drawers, cabinets and pullout trashcans in your island also allow for additional storage and organizational options.
A popular model for kitchen design includes the classic work triangle between the refrigerator, sink and stove/oven. This allows for maximize efficiency, quickly connecting you to the three major features in your kitchen.
When it comes to kitchen design and functionality, lighting is a major component that helps balance the open design. Traditionally, we install three types of lighting – task, main and decorative. Task lighting is found above work areas including the sink, stove and food preparation spaces. Under-cabinet lighting is commonly used in kitchens to provide light for countertop workspaces. Main lighting is exactly as it sounds: the light used throughout the kitchen to lighten the room as a whole. Track lighting, can lights, ] chandeliers and other larger light fixtures are common options for your home’s main kitchen lighting. Finally, decorative lighting consists of additional lighting sources to add style and flair to your kitchen. Above-cabinet lights as well as cabinet backlights would be considered decorative.
Last but not least, furniture is a major element of creating an open kitchen design. Having a place for people to sit while they gather is essential. More often than not, our kitchens open to a breakfast nook, dinning or living room. If your island has an overhang, consider bringing in bar stools so you can causally eat in the kitchen rather than eating at a formal dining table. This will allow for extra seating when friends and family are gathered around as well.
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