An open kitchen is a distinctly modern idea, and like all such ideas it takes some adjusting to. for some of us, a kitchen should keep its mysteries hidden, not to mention its smells. The dinner table is what you might call the revelatory aspect of a complex, unknown cooking process. Especially us Indians, we’re not used to having it all out there.
With the advent of designer modular kitchens replete with the latest gadgets, however, visibility has become something you might expect, even want, out of a kitchen. You want to show off those glossy cabinets, not hide them from the Joneses. In fact, the open kitchen changes some of the established cultural norms of home-making, allowing for an interactive space. the person doing the cooking is no longer isolated, he or she can chat, watch TV and generally hang out with whoever’s in the living room even while all the chopping and dicing is going on. For those who are dealing with smaller spaces, it can prove a blessing, allowing for some amount of experimentation in design while making maximum use of available space.
Things To Keep In Mind While Designing An Open Kitchen
1. Follow the existing design theme:
Whether it connects to your living room or to your dining room, you don’t want your kitchen to stick out like a sore thumb. Make sure the colours match, the theme is maintained. If you’ve gone for monochromatic interiors follow the same rule with the kitchen as well. You might find that an open kitchen is most adaptable to a contemporary design scheme. You need to keep things light, have openness as a sensibility as well as a concept. Gloomy portentous furniture and furnishings won’t match for sure!
2. Set up some form of demarcation:
Keeping things open doesn’t mean that your living room furniture falls into your kitchen space. allow for a visual demarcation that separates your kitchen from your living room or dining room. This could be a change in flooring, ceiling, or simply the setting up of a kitchen island. You might want something like bar stools at the kitchen area, setting up for that cozy cooking chat, and giving people the opportunity to cross over without creating visual clutter in your living room space.
3. Think about a kitchen island:
The island is like your in-between space. the kitchen space might usually occupy a wall, but the kitchen island stands between the cooking and the chatting, you might say. When you’re designing the kitchen island, think, first of all, how big you want it to be. It needs to be centralized with respect to your kitchen space, so try and figure out the most comfortable proportions. If it’s not too big, you can limit it to being a breakfast bar or use it just for chopping and peeling. If you have more space, and a whole lot of courage and showmanship when it comes to cooking, you can even consider adding your hob, though keep in mind, this might need some adjustments on the design front, a well-placed chimney, and it’s not for the faint-hearted.
Expert Advice: Avoid putting your sink on the island, as you might not want the washing-up to become a participatory activity, or risk putting a literal damper on an evening with friends.
Open Kitchen: Is it for you?
This is an important question to consider, when you’re thinking about an open kitchen. Does your own and your family’s personality extend itself to all that openness? If you prefer to have some amount of privacy, get stressed out by interruptions, comments or interference, then you might not be too happy with an open kitchen, though you might like how it looks. If extroversion and mingling are the themes of your familial existence, then you know you’d like to have the interactive possibilities of an open kitchen.