A well-appointed open-plan kitchen is organised, laid-out well and personalised, making it work well with the living room.
You have to take a look at all the different solutions available if you want to design a kitchen that’s both functional and attractive.
Why and how do you bring structure to an open-plan kitchen?
Building the kitchen in the lounge means you can increase the usable surface area while retaining separate spaces for cooking and relaxing.
The aim is to mark out the boundary between the two rooms without partitioning them.
For instance, you can separate the lounge and kitchen by installing tailor-made storage units, shelving or a centre island.
Our layouts are both attractive and practical. In fact, in the kitchen area, everything you need to prepare meals will be right there. And in the dining space, you’ll find it easy to access crockery when you’re setting the table.
If you want there to be more separation between the two spaces, then add a subtle partition (fixed or removable).
Glass partitions are very fashionable right now. They add a bit of personality to an American-style kitchen and also allow more natural light to enter.
While sliding and retractable doors mean you can shut off the kitchen when you want to enjoy a bit of time relaxing in the lounge.
Layout ideas for open-plan kitchens
There are 4 key elements to consider when designing the layout of a new kitchen: surface area, configuration, water inlets and power points. You also need to think about physical constraints: air ducts, vents, windows, supporting walls etc.
You can choose different designs depending on whether the space allocated for your kitchen is square or rectangular and occupies one, two or three wall faces. For instance, you could choose a U or L-shaped kitchen, a galley kitchen with parallel units, or something more unique, such as a kitchen laid out around an outside corner (like Mobalpa’s BOREAL kitchen, for instance).
Outgoing corner BOREAL Ambiance Mobalpa
Centre islands are fashionable and very functional. They can be adapted to suit all open-plan kitchen configurations, however, you do need to have enough space available (at least 15 m2) so you can move freely around the units.
For more information, take a look at our open-plan kitchen: 5 layout ideas. They’re both ergonomic and functional.
How do you customise your fitted kitchen?
You can enhance the look of your whole living space by personalising your kitchen through the interior décor and colour scheme.
For example, you can vary the colours and surfaces of the kitchen units or play around with different handle combinations by putting simple handles on some units and designer handles on others.
A stylish backsplash that matches the flooring will not go unnoticed and will enhance a more neutral worktop.
Ambient lighting will also help you create the desired atmosphere.
A few decorative green plants will make your shelving units look stylish.
At Mobalpa, our designers will guide you through your choices and help you personalise your fitted kitchen depending on your taste, needs and expectations.