Modern, London life is busy and two big issues are having too much to do in too little time, and not getting to spend as much time with our families as we’d like. And an open plan kitchen can begin to help to resolve these issues.
Planning your Open Plan KitchenOpen-plan kitchens are a great idea – whether you live in a roomy London townhouse or a more compact warehouse conversion apartment. Just because you don’t have tons of space, doesn’t mean that you can’t make it work. A good way to see what open plan kitchens and techniques are available to you is to visit our London showroom.
At the showroom, you will not only be able to get style ideas for your own open plan kitchen, but you will also be able to discuss it with an expert bespoke kitchen designer to find out exactly how it could work for you.
LayoutOne of the main reasons why many people choose to have an open plan kitchen is for its multi-functionality. When you are designing it, it is therefore important that you have a good idea about how you are intending to use it, so that you can plan the layout accordingly. For example, do you want to be facing the table whilst you are preparing food, would like a table to be tucked away in the corner or take pride of place in the middle of the room, what do you want from your seating or how would you like your kitchen to flow?
You should also think about the practicalities of what you are using the kitchen for. For example, it is recommended generally in kitchen design that you form a triangle between the hob, fridge and sink to make cooking easier.
The Industrial lookOne of the new trends which we are seeing in kitchen design at the moment is certain aspects of the industrial look. This look lends itself particularly well to modern London apartments and conversions. The use of older, industrial buildings being adapted into modern apartments is becoming increasingly popular around the capital and this style can be bought into the interior design of your open plan kitchen, keeping it both trendy, but also giving your kitchen a feeling of space, simplicity and homeliness.
Think exposed brickwork, exposed pipes or metallic touches of colour and you’ll be close.
Natural LightLiving and working in the city can be difficult sometimes to get much natural light. One of the best things about having an open plan kitchen is that it gives you more opportunity to get as much natural light as possible. The benefits of natural light compared to synthetic light are well documented and an open plan kitchen gives you more opportunity to add natural light-creating features such as larger or more windows and skylights. Modern smooth and sleek work surfaces also reflect the light better than matt or more traditional kitchen furniture, keeping it lighter overall.
FlowOne of the most important considerations that you need to make when you are planning an open plan kitchen is its flow. You should think about where you want people to be and where you don’t want them to be. If you have a busy life or children to consider, getting the flow of your kitchen right can take away a lot of stress in the kitchen.
You can use curves to direct children away from hot ovens or guests onto the other side of an island, for example. Curved breakfast bars or tables also give you more flexibility when it comes to seating numbers and positions.
Whether you already have an open plan kitchen or are thinking about knocking a wall down to create one, they can be a modern and stylish way to transform your family life. Life in London isn’t always easy and with a well-designed open plan kitchen, you can take steps towards the life that you’ve always dreamed of.