Open kitchens have been all the rage in homes in recent years, and they’re easy to see why. They help make your kitchen an attractive place to work, socialize, and relax. Plus, they allow you to keep an eye on your food while it’s cooking, which means you can spend less time worrying about the results of your slow-cooker recipe or if you accidentally turned your stovetop burners to high without realizing it. Here are five open kitchen ideas that you should steal!
An open-plan layout
By definition, an open-plan layout is a configuration that mixes rooms and functions. These spaces often include an open kitchen and dining area, but they can be used to open up other areas of your home, such as your living room or bedroom. An open-plan layout is a very popular way to decorate smaller homes because it allows you to integrate your interior design with your exterior design. They aren’t separate entities.
A large island
In a kitchen without walls, kitchens need to feel open and spacious. A large island is a great way to do that. Not only will it give you somewhere to prep meals, but it’ll also serve as an added dining or bar area for guests in your home.
Light wood flooring
By highlighting natural materials, such as wood and stone, you’ll make your kitchen feel more open and inviting. And, if you’re doing all of your prep work in-house, go ahead and invest in a durable wood flooring to give your cooking space some extra warmth.
Pink, yellow or orange in a colorful backsplash
Backsplashes made from ceramic tile, granite, or marble work great if you have a more traditional kitchen. But if you want something unique, how about backsplashes that incorporate pops of pink, yellow or orange? The bright will instantly perk up an otherwise dreary space and give your kitchen an open-concept feel that’s perfect for sharing meals with friends and family.
Natural textures in chairs, table and bowls
It is said that one can judge a person’s character from his table settings. How true! Decorating your home using stylish, yet natural textures in chairs, tables, and bowls will not only make you look stylish but also win you compliments for being ‘eco-friendly’!
A high ceiling with skylights
While a high ceiling will make your kitchen feel more spacious, it’s an open kitchen idea that could prove detrimental to your health. If you want to keep things fresh (and avoid waking up groggy), don’t let sunlight stream into your cook space. Especially early in the morning or late at night. Use curtains or shades to cut out those early-morning rays, and if you can get away with it, turn off all of your skylights in favor of a simple hood light.
Big pots filled with herbs on the windowsill
I’m a huge fan of having kitchen herbs like cilantro, thyme, and rosemary on hand. There’s nothing like fresh herbs to add flavor to your dishes. Why not place some pots on open shelving? This would also be an excellent option for someone who doesn’t have a green thumb—there’s no need to worry about these plants getting watered or sunlight!
Some splashes of blue, green and yellow paint
A kitchen doesn’t have to be white or stainless steel in order to feel bright and fresh. A few splashes of paint can help you bring that cheery, beachy look to your kitchen without breaking your budget. For example, a sunny yellow hue could brighten up a dull room and make it appear more open.
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