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Must Know Smart Design Tips for Maximising Your Open Plan Kitchen Area

In modern homes, open plan kitchens have become the heart of family living, offering a spacious and connected environment. At Goodey and Howell, where we specialise in kitchen and bathroom design showcased in our kitchen and bathroom showrooms in Northamptonshire, we understand the importance of optimising an open plan kitchen. Here are smart design tips to make the most of your space:


1. Defined Zones:

Divide the space into functional zones – cooking, dining, and lounging areas. Using rugs, furniture placement, or kitchen islands can visually separate these zones while maintaining an open feel.


2. Smart Storage Solutions:

Utilise integrated storage solutions like floor-to-ceiling cabinets, pull-out drawers, and hidden shelves to keep the space organised without cluttering the open layout.


3. Strategic Lighting:

Install a combination of ambient, task, and accent lighting to define different areas within the open plan. Pendant lights over the dining area and under-cabinet lighting in the kitchen add functionality and style.


4. Harmonious Design Elements:

Maintain a cohesive design by choosing complementary colours, materials, and textures throughout the open space. This creates a harmonious flow and ties the areas together.


5. Flexible Furniture:

Select multi-functional furniture pieces that can serve various purposes. Foldable tables, extendable dining sets, or movable kitchen islands provide flexibility in an open plan layout.


6. Natural Flow and Traffic:

Ensure there's ample space for movement and that traffic flows smoothly between different zones. A well-designed layout considers ease of movement while maintaining functionality.


7. Utilise Vertical Space:

Maximise space by using the vertical area for storage or decor elements. Floating shelves or tall cabinets draw the eye upward and make use of otherwise underutilised space.


8. Personalise the Space:

Inject your personality into the design by adding art, plants, or decorative elements that reflect your style. These touches add character to the open plan without overwhelming the space.


9. Consider Acoustics:

In an open area, sound travels. Incorporate soft materials like rugs, curtains, or acoustic panels to absorb sound and create a more comfortable atmosphere.


10. Blend Indoor and Outdoor Spaces:

If possible, extend the open plan design to the outdoors. Bi-fold doors or large windows can create a seamless transition, expanding the perceived space.


Visit our kitchen and bathroom showrooms in Northamptonshire to explore inspiring interiors and gather ideas to transform your space into a functional and inviting area.


For a well-designed and practical open plan kitchen tailored to your needs, consult with our design experts today at our Wellingborough or Northampton locations!


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