How to Achieve an Open Kitchen Layout
Posted on September 24, 2012 by jlamberski
Designer Mick De Giulio’s Kitchen of the Year provides a wonderful lesson in designing kitchens to be the hub of the home. As De Giulio told the Chicago Tribune, “It’s not just a kitchen. It’s very open, with areas for people to hang out in. It’s centered on the lifestyle trend that we live in our kitchens.”
But if you don’t have 1,000 square feet to work with like De Guilio did, there are still many ways to make this space feel larger and more open. If you are designing a floor plan for a new home, De Guilio suggests combining the square footage of a dining room, breakfast nook and sitting room with the kitchen rather than keeping these spaces separate. Di Guilio even advises homeowners to consider leaving a formal dining room off of the floor plan or – for those remodeling – consider merging this room with the kitchen to become one large space.
Other tricks involve smart appliance placement and storage solutions. Here are some innovative design approaches that can help you take advantage of every square inch of your kitchen for a more open and functional kitchen layout.
Opt for glass cabinet doors or do away with some cabinets and add glass open shelving instead.
Don’t let any corners go to waste; stoves and sinks can make use of corners as well lazy Susan interior cabinet systems.
Choose an articulated faucet that can swivel or bend out of the way to maximize sink space.
Explore the possibility of any built-in appliances such as in these examples where unused under-island space was used for a warming drawer and wine storage.
Have some of your own ideas for smart, space-saving kitchen designs? Share your thoughts in a comment!
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