Over the past decade, open-plan living has grown in popularity and has become the go-to- style for many homeowners. One of the main advantages is that open-plan living allows members of the family to perform different functions together whilst in the same space.
With open-plan living getting more popular (with the number of kitchen-diners rising by 50 percent in the past decade), it’s safe to say the open-plan design is here to stay.
WHAT IS OPEN PLAN?
As mentioned above, an open-plan design has no dividing walls between the areas of the home, which creates a large flowing layout. Typically, the most popular room for this type of living is normally the kitchen, dining and living area to be combined.
Unlike traditional kitchens, by taking down internal walls, you allow extra light to flood in and transform dark cramped areas. This is particularly useful if you love entertaining, as it allows you to be part of the action with your guests and not shut away in a cramped kitchen.
At Essex Kitchens & Bedrooms, there is no need for you to source a builder as we can take care of all your building requirements, from taking down internal walls to larger products such as extensions and orangeries.
An island is the ideal choice for an open plan design, as it acts as a natural divide between different zones as well as providing extra storage and seating for the family.
For those wanting to socialise with guests and relatives, our interior designers, Essex, recommend using an island to house additional appliances such as an oven, fridge or wine cooler. By incorporating a hob onto the island separating your kitchen from the dining room, you can chat with your family while cooking.
HEATING AND VENTILATION
The last thing you want is cooking smells wafting into your living area so it’s essential to have a good extractor fan. Available as part of our kitchen fitting, Essex, we have a huge range of extractor choices - thankfully most of them are now a lot quieter than previous fans!
If you want to make a statement then the Elica Crystal Extractor is perfect; not only does it provide extraction but it also looks stunning! It’s made from stainless steel and glass formed in a spherical shape before being dressed in hundreds of tiny cascading glass prisms that softly reflects light, making it ideal for a modern and contemporary style kitchen.
At Essex Kitchen & Bedrooms, we take into account the complete aesthetic and feel of your kitchen. We know there’s nothing worse than higgledy-piggledy appliances poking out from your stunning units. That’s why our kitchen fitters, Essex, can install integrated appliances!
Integrated appliances are often fixed to unit doors and hidden from view, to the point where it’s impossible to tell which cabinets actually contains the appliance.
It’s usually assumed that one colour should be used throughout the entire area, but our design team recommend using an accent colour instead. It not only unifies the space and makes it feel more intimate, but having an accent colour is also a good way to combine the
kitchen area with the living space, by incorporating coloured accessories. Whether it’s bold cushions and throws, or extravagant lamps and ornaments, these often bring the rooms together without going overboard!
If you are looking to transform your home with a brand new, open-plan living design, why not get in touch today, or visit our Essex showroom, to speak to one of our advisors.