Let Your Open Kitchen Flow into the Living Room
In order to get a place of their own, many young families will start with small units. Many newer small units adopt an open kitchen design. The kitchen and the living room share the same space. Most young couples are both full-time workers. They may not have time to go home to cook after work at night, so they just choose whatever option is available. So naturally, there are not many requirements for an open kitchen. It just has to be enough to meet your everyday needs.
However, after all, there is no wall in the open kitchen design. If you want to be a diverse cook or prepare to have children, you'll need to plan the style and layout first. It can improve the functionality and efficiency overall. Jot down all the key points from below and prepare for the best open kitchen layout possible!
4 Different Kitchen Layouts—I, L, U, and Round Shaped
Before designing a kitchen layout, take some time to learn about the different options. The four shapes I, L, U, and Round all feature a back row of cabinets, which is the most basic I shape. Which kitchen layout you choose, in addition to being affected by the size of the space, will also be based on your cooking habits and kitchen use frequency.
1. Separate the Kitchen and Living Room
Open kitchens generally make a small I -shaped or L -shaped kitchen cabinet row against the wall. Between the kitchen cabinets and the living room, it is best to use the dining as a divider. Common practices in the dining area are bar counters or retractable counters. The bar counter offers more storage space under the counter. On the kitchen side, you can store all of your utensils. In addition, the bar countertop can be made of the same seamless stone or quartz stone as the other kitchen components. However, the disadvantage is that most of the bar countertops are in a fixed position and cannot be put away when not in use.
The retractable dining table can be pulled out and pushed back in when done. This is far more flexible than the fixed bar counter. It can be used as a table for preparing ingredients when cooking. It can also be used as a dining table. When not in use, the entire tabletop slides into the cabinet and is completely hidden away. This transformable component is especially suitable for small spaces. It allows the space to have different possibilities or modes.
Whether you choose a bar counter or a retractable dining table in the dining area, you can add a transparent cabinet or a glass wine rack above the space. It can increase the storage space, and can further separate the kitchen and living room. Also, it can also reduce the cooking smells and fumes from drifting into the living room.
2. Reserve Outlet Space Near the Dining Area
When designing an open kitchen, don't forget to reserve space for an outlet. This way, you can still use electrical appliances while eating, like a hotpot, toaster, mini oven, etc. In addition, small units may not have too many places to use as a separate work area or desk. The dining area will be a very good work area in this case. If there is a spot to charge up, it will be more convenient to use a laptop and phone.
3. Make Good Use of Shelving and Hanging Storage
A major feature of the open kitchen is that you can easily see the things in the kitchen while sitting in the living room, so it must be both beautiful and practical. In order to store everything properly, in addition to floor cabinets, you should also make good use of the wall space with hanging shelves and cabinets.
Under the wall cabinet or above the cooking stove, place some hanging organizers or storage baskets. You can dry the cookware after it's washed and also make a beautiful display. Hanging some frequently used utensils can save time when cooking and makes sure your kitchen stays neat and organized.
Try to hang any kitchenware that can be hung, such as spoons, cups, knives, and pot lids. All kinds of hooks, rails, rods, shelves, pegboards and magnets can be used for hanging and organizing. Avoid cluttering your counters and taking up valuable cooking space.
4. Under Cabinet Lighting
Many people think that a ceiling light alone is enough for lighting. In fact, secondary lighting is also very important. Especially for the space where you prepare your meals, shadows can block your view very easily. Plus, there may not be a window to let in natural light, so installing a light strip under the hanging wall cabinet can solve this problem. Sufficient lighting can also reduce the chance of cutting yourself.
It is best to use white light (cold light 4000-6000K) for kitchen lighting. It helps to clearly illuminate the color of food. It is convenient to make sure you're cooking the most tasty food possible. Moreover, the kitchen is prone to being dirty, so the white light helps to illuminate the dirty spots. When you can see where the dirt is, it's easier to clean. A good atmosphere is more important when you are eating, so you can choose a yellow light (warm light 2000K - 4000K).
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