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5 Great Tips For Designing Your Open Kitchen

5 Great Tips For Designing Your Open Kitchen

Open kitchens make great spaces for entertaining, and are perfect for the modern home. Design is key when it comes to creating your own open kitchen layout; for a kitchen that’s truly functional and stylish, check out our tips below for making the most of your space.

1. Know What You Want

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A good first step for anyone looking to design an open kitchen is to consider its function. Is your kitchen going to serve as a communal cooking space? If so, a stand-alone kitchen island with a built-in sink will be great for cooking alongside family and friends.

An open kitchen can also double up as a dining area by creating an L-shaped countertop, with the extension serving as a table for meals. Alternatively, merge your dining room with the kitchen by knocking down its separating walls.

2. Maximise Storage Space
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Kitchen islands can be great storage spaces: have a built-in oven, or customise your cabinetry to store utensils and other cooking essentials. Get creative – the possibilities are endless!

3. Explore Open Shelving
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Modern open kitchens typically feature open shelving systems. Display your best cookware on wall shelves for a streamlined, industrial look. If open shelves aren’t your thing, play peek-a-boo by having a mix of opaque and glass kitchen cabinets.

4. Install Proper Ventilation

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Open plan kitchens can be tricky, particularly when dealing with cooking odours. Keep your kitchen (and adjacent rooms) smelling clean and fresh by installing proper ventilation via a range hood fan. The best way to do this is to install one above your stove, instead of having an island fan, which may interfere with the pendant lighting.

5. Make Use of Smart Lighting

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Light up your kitchen with an array of lighting options. Pendant lamps over the kitchen island are a great way to make a statement and show some personality. Consider installing lighting strips under the cabinetry for a low-key, space-saving option.

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