Macy Guillemot. Kitchen Decorating. November 29th , 2017.
Whether you‘re looking to create extra space in your home or just want a floor plan for your kitchen and dining area that welcomes guests and family members alike, you may want to explore options for an open kitchen design. Open kitchens can be great spaces for entertaining, but they also have benefits when it comes to functionality, storage and efficiency.
One of the first things you‘ll need to consider for your open kitchen is how many walls you want to keep standing in the space. If any of the walls are load-bearing, your decision may be made for you (you should probably keep those). But if you‘re relatively free and clear to take down any internal walls, you‘ll have an opportunity to keep as few as just one. Single-wall open kitchens are not uncommon, and they create the most open feel of any design—but you‘ll sacrifice a bit of storage to implement a one-walled open kitchen design.
Galley kitchens take their inspiration from the small, utilitarian kitchens found on ships and aircraft. Generally speaking, these kitchens feature two walls, with a narrow passageway located between them. In a traditional galley kitchen, the passageway measures anywhere from 4 to 6 feet wide, although larger galley kitchens may now expand that width and even feature kitchen islands for added seating, storage and food preparation space.
Another idea for a small kitchen layout is to consider exposed cabinetry. The open shelving establishes an airy feel to the room. Further this goal of creating the idea of roominess in your galley kitchen design by slapping a fresh coat of white or light-colored paint on the walls and cabinets. The uniformity of monochromatic colors creates the impression of spaciousness in a tight space. Tying your small kitchen‘s style to that of the adjoining room, whether by flooring, cabinetry, or color, is another tip for making the compact space appear larger through a sense of unity.
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