Blending The Old With The New in an Open-Plan Kitchen

The current trend for large open-plan kitchens incoporating cooking, eating and living spaces, can sometimes throw up a few design dilemmas. In older houses they are often created by knocking two or more rooms into one, or by extending the existing floor plan out into the garden. This certainly allows for extra seating and additional storage. And it also ensures the kitchen is a functional space for everyone to congregate in. But should the new kitchen be ultra contemporary? Or should it reflect the style (period) of the rest of the house? Believe it or not, there is a way to blend the old and the new while still creating a modern space.

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Blending The Old With The New in an Open-Plan Kitchen

This is the Arbor kitchen from Harvey Jones and it manages to marry both the traditional with the contemporary. The wooden parquet floors and glass pendant lights are a homage to the past, whilst the black and gold accessories help to bring it into the current day. It was indeed created by knocking through the wall between the kitchen and living area and has been modernised to suit the entire family.

Blending The Old With The New in an Open-Plan Kitchen

The wooden floor could have darkened the space but the beautiful mirrored splashback (instead of tiles) allows light to bounce off and around the room, creating the illusion of more space. While the on-trend Crittal style steel-framed doors ensure the room is flooded with natural light. Not to mention an enviable view of the garden.

Blending The Old With The New in an Open-Plan Kitchen

The high mantel above the cooker may be a more traditional feature but it is perfect for showcasing accessories like vases, fresh flowers and adding personal touches. By keeping the accessories minimal there is no danger of this looking dated.

Blending The Old With The New in an Open-Plan Kitchen

Plus the colours chosen really make a modern statement. By juxtaposing deep pink walls and a dark green island unit (both currently on-trend too) the white cabinets have been allowed to really stand out. While the gold handles tie the scheme together.

Blending The Old With The New in an Open-Plan Kitchen

The central island creates a focal point in the room, separates the cooking and dining areas, and is perfect for the whole family or for entertaining with friends.

Kitchens from Harvey Jones start from £20,000.

 

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