Style Elements: Compact vs Open-plan
Following on from our previous article, Style Elements: Traditional vs Contemporary Kitchens, we explore the differences between compact and open-plan kitchens to reveal which one is most suitable for the size and layout of your kitchen space.
A compact kitchen is not necessarily a small kitchen, but rather a kitchen that is designed to fit more than the space will typically allow. Compact kitchens are usually designed to save space, so often they will include tall wall cabinets that reach the ceiling, and integrated appliances in the smallest size available.
Space in this type of the kitchen must be used very efficiently, so often you will find design solutions such as deep drawers, preparation surfaces that convert into a dining area, or a storage or utility area hidden away behind folding doors. It is also popular to include ‘all-in-one’ appliances i.e. microwave combination ovens. It can be challenging to design a compact kitchen because it requires a lot of creativity and technical knowledge, but in-toto offers a wide variety of clever solutions and inspired storage options to help you achieve your dream kitchen.
Open-plan is currently one of the most popular kitchen layouts, and open, multi-functional rooms are often favoured because they allow you to create a feeling of spaciousness, and encourage a social atmosphere.
Whether you are trying to gain more space by improving the layout of your property, or want to blend your living and cooking areas into one, the biggest advantage of an open-plan design is that it means that you can socialise with your family and friends whilst cooking. You are not isolated to the kitchen and can entertain guests at the same time as preparing a meal.
Open-plan kitchens can be either traditional or modern – the style of the cabinets isn’t the most important aspect – however, a handleless door (usually found in contemporary kitchen design) will help to achieve a streamlined, free-flowing look and blur one space into the next.
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