Should you Build an Open Plan Kitchen?

The concept of an open kitchen seems to be most in tune with the current way of life. It allows you to cook your meals without feeling isolated from the rest of the home and if you’re entertaining, your guests and family can share in the fun. In short, there seems to be no downfalls of an open plan kitchen but lets have a closer look…

Although it opens the space and invites in more light, one must keep in mind a few inconveniences before planning the renovation of a kitchen:

  1. What you smell in your kitchen is what you smell in your living space. Keep in mind that the delicious prawns you had two days ago may remain long after you finished preparing them. In this case, close access to windows and a powerful extractor can’t be overlooked.

  2. An open kitchen comes with its typical set of noises. Emptying the dishwasher while your significant other is trying to watch a movie can quickly become an issue. The absence of separation or potential separation between spaces is something you must be confortable with before deciding to open your kitchen.

  3. Your kitchen can’t always look like the cover of a magazine. Counters can get messy and filled with unattractive appliances and crockery. While planning your project, think that your kitchen must look like the extension of your living area. Match the tones, hide ugly appliances and keep it as tidy as possible.

An Immediate solution: The glass window

More present in our newsfeed, the glass window represents the perfect solution. At one metre high, you can create additional space to hide appliances and additional cupboards. Available in many styles from industrial, Scandinavian painted wood to chic butchery - you will certainly find what you’re looking for without missing on the aesthetic and practical aspects of being close to your family and guests (minus cluttering and the odours)! Here a few examples of both - open and semi-open kitchens- for your inspiration.

 Steel windows and Envelope on the floor | Caroline Andreoni - Paris project

Steel windows and Envelope on the floor | Caroline Andreoni - Paris project

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