What colour should you choose in a kitchen that opens up onto the lounge?
Any colour you choose for your open-plan kitchen must work in harmony with the colour scheme in the rest of your living space.
Not only do you need to consider the colours on the walls, but also on the doors of units (kitchen and living room) and on the worktop, for example.
It doesn’t matter whether you prefer a contemporary, bright or designer colour scheme, the idea is to stick to two or three colours from the same palette.
A combination of neutral colours such as beige, pearl white or light grey will give your kitchen-lounge a contemporary feel. If you want to clearly define a space, trying using a deeper tone such as taupe, for example.
Vibrant, bright colours should be used more economically. Just use small splashes of colour here and there across the living room and fitted kitchen. You could also choose units in a neutral colour but add brightly-coloured items (like a bright orange toaster, a canary yellow pendant light) and a colourful wall panel or backsplash.
Finally, for a sleek designer look, choose black, white or grey, which all go very well with stainless steel.
What kind of lighting should you choose for an open-plan kitchen?
To get the most out of your open-plan kitchen, you also need to think about lighting. Lights serve both a functional and aesthetic purpose. They are a decorative feature in the kitchen and also contribute to the general atmosphere of the overall living space.
Even if natural light from the living room floods in from the lounge, you should still add stronger spotlights or pendants in the kitchen, especially in places where you’ll be preparing food.
Incorporate additional lighting over the worktops by embedding spotlights or LED strips beneath the wall units or shelving above.
Finally, a pendant light that offers subdued lighting above the dining table or breakfast bar will make the area feel cosier and define the border between the kitchen and lounge.
- Bring light into your open kitchen.
What kind of flooring is best in an open-plan kitchen?
Laying different flooring in the kitchen and living room will help define and enhance each space. Make sure you choose flooring and colours that work well together.
Flooring that’s easy to clean (tiles, polished concrete, laminated parquet flooring) is most common in the kitchen.
You can create stylish combinations by using contrasting materials such as tiles and parquet flooring, as long as they fit with the style of the room. You can also vary the colour of one single material across rooms (such as a light and dark version of a tile).
It all depends on the type of character you want your kitchen to have.
At Mobalpa, our designers will help you create the very best open-plan kitchen to suit you.