Country Living (UK) - - Kitchen Special -

Th­ese are ideal for cre­at­ing so­cia­ble cook­ing, en­ter­tain­ing and din­ing ar­eas. Thought­ful plan­ning can in­crease the sense of space while keep­ing the feel warm and wel­com­ing. If the room is gen­er­ously pro­por­tioned with high ceil­ings, make a state­ment with large free-stand­ing ap­pli­ances and units that add height and drama. Think about ways to de­fine and zone the kitchen and liv­ing ar­eas. Gal­ley kitchens are great for open-plan rooms as their lin­ear de­sign can help cre­ate a link with the liv­ing and din­ing spa­ces. Open-plan kitchens also al­low for prac­ti­cal de­sign fea­tures such as a cen­tral is­land that can be used to con­ceal ap­pli­ances such as ovens and fridges: bear in mind the ef­fi­cient kitchen work tri­an­gle when de­cid­ing where key ap­pli­ances should go. A cen­tral is­land can also be de­signed to in­clude a use­ful break­fast bar and stools for ca­sual din­ing.

If the open-plan kitchen is part of a con­ser­va­tory or a gar­den­room ex­ten­sion, po­si­tion the units to max­imise views out of the win­dows. Em­brace the feel­ing of space that open-plan liv­ing al­lows and try not to cram too much into your de­sign. If you don’t need lots of wall units for stor­age, use the area to dis­play art­work and pho­to­graphs or add state­ment light­ing.

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