Open Plan Kitchen: A guide to Planning and Design

Just as you would with any room, your open plan kitchen requires practical planning. From zoning to layout design, creating the perfect kitchen is crucial in terms of both style and efficiency. Read this handy guide to learn more!

Prioritise your needs

The best way to begin is to decide what you want from it. For example, if you dislike cooking alone, you may wish to create a space that is perfect for both cooking and socialising. This will allow you to talk with friends and family members as you prepare your meals, and you may even manage to rope in some extra hands! Planning ahead for these things can make the designing stage easier for your kitchen specialist as they will better understand what they need to create to give you the kitchen you desire.

Practical layouts for the kitchen

No matter the size of the space, you need to determine the best layout for your kitchen. A triangle layout (the relationship between the cooker, sink and fridge) should be kept in mind at all times. There are many layouts to play around with, so experiment with different styles to see what will work for you.

Zoning

Open plan kitchens must be zoned to ensure the best use of space. Although it isn’t essential, keeping the kitchen by an external wall is convenient for the extractor fan and water waste. It is also often better for your pocket.

If you with to add a dining table, think about where it will be positioned. It is common in many households for the dining area to sit close to the kitchen as it will cut back on food travel time.

Call in the pros

If you require any structural work, you must work with professionals for this. They can assist in the planning process and create an ideal layout to be submitted to your local authority’s planning department if approval is required.

Pick your colours

When you have determined the layout, structure and practical elements of your kitchen, you can then look at the aesthetics. The colour scheme you choose should ideally make its way through the entire open plan, even if it’s just accent colours that tie everything together.

Lighting

Even open plan rooms can feel dark and gloomy, which is why you must plan your lighting accordingly. Starting with natural light, think about how many windows you can add to brighten up the space. Perhaps you could add French or bi-folding doors to bring in additional light.

For artificial lighting, you must think about how they will benefit the space. From task lighting for your countertops to hanging lamps for dining, there are many ways to light your open plan kitchen.

Plan the perfect open plan kitchen with EBKB

We understand the importance of getting it right when planning a new kitchen. This is why EBKB is here to listen to your wants, needs and ideas to help put together the perfect kitchen for your home. If you would like to learn more about our kitchen design and installation services, get in touch.

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