The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the house. We spend a lot of time preparing food, grabbing snacks, or cleaning up the aftermath of kitchen activity. Since you are spending so much time in your kitchen, working in a closed-off space that isolates you from the rest of the home and makes the space feel smaller is not fun. Choosing an open kitchen layout promotes a sense of more space and a casual atmosphere. For people who want to spend time with families or guests while working in the kitchen, an open kitchen layout is the perfect choice.
Benefits of An Open Kitchen
For a long time, kitchens were considered a private place. It was expected for most families to hire someone to work in the kitchen and serve the household, making the room a secret area that was supposed to prepare food and contain mess. As the role of the family began to change to something more casual, the kitchen became an open place. While closed kitchens are still considered an elegant design solution, it only works in very large homes that have help preparing food and cleaning.
Families that do not have chef do best with an open kitchen layout. Open kitchens rarely have any interior walls that divide the room from the rest of the home. Some homes still have a wall dividing the kitchen and dining room, but most open kitchen layouts today flow into the dining or living room without interruption. The lack of walls allow people preparing food to socialize with the rest of the household.
The flow of the kitchen into the dining room and other rooms of the house create the appearance of a larger home. Uninterrupted space literally makes more square footage without a wall and gives you more options for how you want to layout the kitchen and adjoining rooms. Opening up your kitchen will allow for more light into the space, turning the dark closed kitchen into an airy and relaxed one.
The open layout itself is very efficient. Without walls, you have the opportunity to add more countertops or an island where there would not have been enough room before. Instead of a traditional dining table in the adjoining dining room, you can add this as part of your kitchen with a china cabinet, pantry, or breakfast nook.
How to Achieve an Open Kitchen Layout
There are many ways you can achieve the look and atmosphere of an open kitchen layout.
Do not add dividers. Some people go through all the work of creating an open kitchen only to put up dividers, screens, or partitions to separate the space. This defeats the open airiness of an open kitchen design!
Avoid large furniture. Heavy or tall furniture items should be avoided in your kitchen layout. You want to keep the area as open as possible and these pieces weigh heavy on your visual space.
Go for base cabinets and drawers. Without the extra walls, you do not have tall ceiling cabinets available for storage. This means you need to add base cabinets and drawers to make up for the lack of storage. This is where you can get very creative with island placements and seating choices!
Balance open shelving. Open shelving and glass front cabinets are a great way to add to the illusion of more space to your already open kitchen layout. But tread this line carefully. If you opt for open shelving or glass cabinets, you need to keep these areas uncluttered. Clutter will eliminate the amount of visual space you have and work against the open layout.
Coordinate with the rest of the home’s design. Since you are opening up the kitchen to flow into the rest of the home, you need the kitchen design to be consistent with the rest of the home. Coordinate colors, flooring, and overall theme when creating your open kitchen layout.