As a society, we now have far less rigid stereotypes when it comes to who spends time in the kitchen. Gone are the days when Mum is closeted in the closed room kitchen preparing dinner whilst Dad talks with the guests in the lounge room. And as these stereotypes have changed, so has our design of the most used space in the house: the kitchen. Whilst not everyone is on board with the open-plan living schmooze, the majority of people love an interactive and involved space.
Open plan kitchen layouts are social. On top of providing the open, airy and light feel to the kitchen-dining-lounge combination, open plan kitchens encourage socialising.
So, what’s the best way to make your own mark on an open plan kitchen layout? Get your creative hat on and lock in a weekend for decoration. Decoration in itself can mean different things to different people. For some, it could mean new curtains or some tastefully chosen coloured plates on display. To others, decoration could mean re-painting cupboard doors or other activities verging on the edge of renovation.
Whatever your definition of decoration, here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
One of the most exciting pros for the open plan kitchen is that it can crack open the opportunity to go bold. Incorporate daring colours and large patterns. In small kitchens, large bold patterns are overwhelming and give the impression of less space. But in the open plan kitchen, they can convey a daring style and brave audacity. This could be in the form of curtains, crockery or even a piece of artwork. Or even better still, add a stunning feature chandelier to really assert your creativity.
If you have the wall space, open shelving is a way to capitalise on a large open kitchen. Try using statement materials like wrought iron or timber that matches in with benchtops or your floors. Open shelving allows you to add coloured nick knacks that draws a visitor’s eyes around the room. It’s also an insanely welcoming type of style. It conveys that ‘my home is your own, help yourself’.
Wallpaper is not just a left-over notion from the sixties. It comes in so many colours, patterns and textures. It can be a subtle addition to add some texture if your kitchen feels a little stark, or part of a ‘go bold’ strategy. If your open plan kitchen feels a little too open, some warm colours and textures can bring a cosiness to your space without changing anything structurally.
The sky really is the limit when it comes to decorating the open plan kitchen. The only limit is your creativity and budget. Wonderful Kitchens can help accommodate your budget and definitely help with creativity. For further inspiration, check out their showroom, they’re open 7 days a week and always happy to help. Alternatively, give them a call on 02 9772 2988.