The current trend for open-plan living is a trend that most of us aspire to these days. We want our kitchens to be at the heart of our family spaces, not shut away behind closed doors. We want to cook, eat, entertain, relax and often work together, in one big communal space. Which is lovely. But we don’t always want the practical aspects of our kitchen to be out on permanent show. Nor do we want our cooking space to look too clinical now that it is also part of our living room. Creating a contemporary kitchen that also has flair and personality can be tricky, but the designer’s at Day True have achieved just that with this open plan kitchen in Northwood, Middlesex.
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Get Creative With a Mix of Colours and Textures
The first thing you notice is the unique mix of textures and colours. Painting the island in a different colour is a tried and tested formula, but this one also has a combination of worktop surfaces too. The chunky wooden breakfast bar is in stark contrast to the glacial white corian area, and the wood lined open shelves echo that warming effect. The floating metal shelf above the island emphasises the black full height cupboards on the right, both of which have a grounding effect. And then the rattan barstools add a lightness of touch. All of these things create a kitchen that feels like an extension to the living room.
Plus, a polished brass foot rail was wrapped around the seating area to add a splash of sophistication, which was complemented by polished brass handles and a tap.
Install Tall Units to Hide Kitchen Appliances
A wall of tall units will provide oodles of storage as well as successfully hiding the oven, fridge, freezer and microwave. While using a dark colour and building them into a cleverly constructed wall will effectively make them recede. This ensured the wall units were hidden and softened the space, making it feel spacious and light. This trick, along with the complete absence of more traditional wall cabinets, will also make the kitchen blend into the entertaining areas. The owners of this kitchen wanted a room with the wow factor, a space where they could comfortably entertain guests in the evening and easily cook for their children during the day.
This wall of units also hides a pocket door drinks counter which was an added fun factor to the design. It allows the homeowners to keep drinks away from the kids during the day, but opens up in the evening to reveal a secret bar for friends to enjoy.
Use Open Shelves to Display Everyday Items and Decorative Things Too
Open shelves, styled with art and ornaments, is the surest way to create a homely feel and link the kitchen to the living area. Even better if there is some link between the two rooms – and that’s easily done with the addition of plants in both spaces. A quartz slab here, broke up the shelving and added symmetry and a sense of balance to complete the space. The recessed lighting is a nice touch, as it adds ambient light without the glare from overhead spots.
Bespoke kitchens from Day True are priced from £35,000