An open kitchen design allows for better traffic flow and freedom of movement, plus easy transitions to and from a variety of living spaces.
Perhaps the most people-friendly of all kitchen styles, the open kitchen layout allows for a smooth transition between dining, living and recreational areas. By remodeling a kitchen and living area to remove walls and create one large, open space, the design options are endless.
Ultimate Entertaining Setup
Equipped with large sliding glass doors that open to an adjacent patio, this kitchen has an ideal layout for indoor/outdoor entertaining. Professional-grade appliances accommodate preparing large meals for guests. Design by Iliaja Karlusic of HBA / Hirsh Bedner Associates
Impressive Kitchen Features
While top-of-the-line appliances aren't a necessity in an entertaining kitchen, a few special features will both impress your guests and provide easy access to food and beverages. This kitchen is outfitted with a convenient wine cooler, double ovens and a curved island where guests can gather.
For parties centered around sporting events or movies, a television in the kitchen is a fantastic feature. In this lively kitchen, the wall-mounted television is ideally placed so it can be viewed from both the bar and the seating area. Design by Lori Dennis of Dennis Design Group
A comfortable, efficient kitchen is a must for a serious cook who entertains both casually and formally. Bulthaup cabinets, high-end appliances and a carefully planned layout provide efficiency, while treasured heirlooms and antique French tiles make this space an inviting center of the home. Design by Van Tullis of Van Tillis Interiors, LLC. Photo by Hyunjung Bay
Cork Flooring for Kitchen
Cork flooring in the kitchen helps to muffle sound and cushion tired feet -- a welcome feature for both cooks and guests. Caramelized bamboo flooring in the adjacent family room meets the cork in a sweeping curve that enhances the openness of the space. Design by Amy Bubier of AB Design Elements LLC
The open kitchen layout typically allows for a kitchen, living room and dining area. By relying on carpets and properly placed furniture, you can designate separate areas without the use of walls. For example, a living space with a couch turned away from the kitchen creates the impression of a separate room, as does a dining area with a large area rug underneath the table.
When choosing a color palette for this kitchen design, it is important to create a consistent flow between the rooms. For example, if the kitchen area is accented by royal blue walls, then you might choose chairs for the dining room that have a royal blue material. On the other hand, if the area rug in the dining space is made with a safflower yellow tone, then the otherwise understated living room might have sunshine yellow pillows to better blend the two areas.
These simple design cues make it easy to create a conversational and functional living space that can be enjoyed amongst family and friends alike.
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