The kitchen is undoubtedly the hub of the home – the centre of all organisation, cooking, cleaning, eating, entertaining.
Integral to the home, family life often begins and ends in the kitchen. Today’s trend for open plan living is also a practical necessity in today’s modern home – from the first sip of a calming cup of coffee to start the day to the frantic coercion of homework completion around the kitchen table.
We all know that a ‘wow’ kitchen can make all the difference in buying a new home – and really creates a point of difference when trying to sell your own home.
As the kitchen has evolved into more than simply a room to cook meals in, so to has how we run our lives at home.
The form and function of a modern home means that open plan living is a trend that has grown year on year but for a busy family a combined kitchen and dining space with a separate living area can be conducive to friendly family relations – providing a different space to escape the chaos.
Merging the functions of the kitchen and dining room also adds a social feel to a home and allows our increasingly hectic lives to meet in one space.
A combined kitchen and dining living space gives a light and airy feel to a home – but to create real definition between areas, it’s worth thinking about adding design accents to define different areas.
Accent walls in each of the different functioning zones create impact and break up a large space – and even changing the colour of picture frames between dining, kitchen and family chilling will create a line of demarcation.
Lighting is crucial in an open plan kitchen – bright lights to see what’s cooking with the ability to add low lights to an area to transform the kitchen from a functional space to a chill out zone as the evening starts to wind down.
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