Open Plan Kitchens
The majority of kitchens in America are “open plan,” meaning the kitchen opens onto at least one other room in the home – dining room, family room, etc. Some home designs are very open, where the main living space is nearly one continuous open room. Others have more boundaries between spaces. We are each comfortable with a certain level of this openness and certain boundaries.
I had not given Open Plan Kitchens a lot of thought until I moved to London nearly 10 years ago. I was used to Colorado and the American West – big open spaces and big open floor plans. Most English homes and apartments have a very different way of living – each room is it’s own separate box with 4 walls and a door. This is often because the buildings are older and were originally built this way. However, even newer buildings follow this plan, primarily because it is a comfort level for the British. Just as I am more comfortable in wide open spaces, they are often more comfortable in enclosed, cozy spaces. It’s what we’ve always known. But I didn’t know this when we first moved. Let’s just say my first hour of house hunting was quite an eye opener! And I learned a lot about myself and how much I crave open spaces in my home. We did find a beautiful flat with an open Kitchen, Dining Room and Living Room. It was perfect. We were happy!
Many in England have started to embrace more open floor plans, particularly around the kitchen, but they are still a smaller percentage of the housing market. There is a possibility that my family and Beautiful Habitat will find ourselves back in London again, so I’m dreaming of open, open, open kitchens. Here are some inspirational interiors featuring very open kitchen designs and ways to include features from each to create your masterpiece.
Get the Look :
1. Wooden bar stools from Cymax
2. Chalkboard Paint DIY Tutorial on The Handmade Home
3. Metal Basket (Set of 4) from Wayfair
4. Hanging Lamps from Shades of Light
5. Pull Down Faucet from Home Depot
6. Iron Wall Clock from Lamps Plus
7. Le Creuset Cookery in Dune can be found at Cutlery and More
8. Wooden Countertops and Islands from John Boos