Different open-plan kitchens may be more or less appropriate depending on the surface area you have available and the way you want to use your kitchen. If you want a design that promotes intimacy and brings family members together, then add a centre island, breakfast bar or subtle partition. They’ll bring a touch of character to your American or semi-open-plan kitchen and make it more sociable.
The centre island in an open-plan kitchen.
Centre islands are very fashionable and work well in a variety of fitted kitchen configurations. There are lots of benefits to centre islands: they are practical, stylish and optimise space. They enhance the flow of movement around the kitchen and become the nerve centre of the room!
Centre islands can be large or small and work best in a kitchen of at least 15-20 m2. Centre islands help bring structure to the living space by marking out the boundary between the kitchen and lounge.
You can usually integrate a number of kitchen units into your centre island. Islands are also well-positioned, so you have everything within arm’s reach when cooking. You could even integrate a hob, extractor and/or sink into your kitchen island, while still leaving enough space for food preparation.
On the lounge side, centre islands can be made to look really stylish. For example, you could integrate open shelf units with lighting into your island and display your favourite recipe books or ornaments.
Mobalpa’s designers will help you find a centre island that works best for your kitchen configuration and in line with your personal style and needs. It could be square, rectangular or curved in shape.
Breakfast bars in open-plan kitchens
Multifunctional bars are practical and attractive. They provide a sociable divide between the lounge area and kitchen.
The surface can be used as an additional worktop or replacement for the dining room table. So, you can save space while creating a harmonious link between the kitchen and lounge.
Breakfast bars come in different heights, so you can choose the one that works best for you. You’ll then have to adjust the height of your stools or chairs accordingly.
A breakfast bar is a place to eat, drink and snack, and even a space for kids to draw. Mobalpa’s designers will therefore create a bespoke bar that meets your needs and fits in with your lifestyle.
Semi-open-plan kitchens combine the benefits of open-plan and closed kitchens. They’re a good alternative for people who want a bright and sociable kitchen that still retains a degree of privacy.
One way to create a semi-open-plan kitchen is to install an industrial glass partition along the whole or part of the length of the kitchen. Glass partitions allow natural light to enter the kitchen and add a touch of personality to the whole living area.
When installed above the worktop, they hide kitchen equipment from guests in the lounge. From the lounge side, the glass partition can sit above storage space or shelves displaying attractive ornaments.
Installing a sliding door or a removable partition is another practical, stylish and modern solution. Subtle partitions such as these allow you to play around with the different spaces.