A real looker: design tips for an open-plan kitchen
If you’re not only going to be cooking in your open-plan kitchen, but also want it to be a feel-good space, then the living and kitchen areas need to chime well together. Use similar colours and materials in both areas. If, for instance, your living room is decked out in a warm country-house style, this look should be reflected in your kitchen. To ensure that your open-plan eat-in kitchen has a coherent overall look, it’s important to set out an overarching spatial concept in advance.
Of course, you're free to include the odd eye-catching feature here and there. For instance, you might choose a couch in a bold favourite colour or create accents with colourful seat cushions. What's more, when it comes to open-plan kitchens that you can see into from anywhere in the living area, it’s worth investing in a high-quality worktop, perhaps made of stainless steel, natural stone or a quartz compound.
No more clutter: alternative storage spaces for your eat-in kitchen
To ensure that your kitchen remains easy on the eye, don’t forget to plan in enough storage space, perhaps in the form of a kitchen island. After all, even the most exquisite worktop no longer has quite the same appeal if it’s cluttered with kitchen appliances or piled with dirty dishes. For this reason, it makes sense to invest in a high-quality dishwasher and large double-bowl sink for your open-plan kitchen. This means that you won’t end up using the surface around the bowl as a place for storing or draining dishes, but can instead stow used plates and glasses quickly out of sight, at least for the rest of the evening.
Use the extra storage space in your kitchen island to avoid wall cabinets as much as possible. Having too many wall cabinets will soon make the space look oppressive. By contrast, bare walls and surfaces signal spaciousness and openness. This way, you can give your open-plan kitchen the chance to showcase other highlights, such as high-quality mixer taps. If you’d prefer a more minimalistic look, retractable mixer taps can be made to disappear in a single movement.