The DO’s and DONT’s for an Open Kitchen Style

Life has changed and so have kitchens. It wasn’t long ago, and till now of course, that most everyone had a closed kitchen, making it a separate room, away from all eyes. This, for some people, is a blessing by itself, if they tend to make a mess in the kitchen.

But now open kitchen style is all the rage because it gives a feeling of informality, where you can cook and prepare meals while also keeping company with family and friends. If you prefer this style, and hopefully are a rather organized person, there are some things you have to put in consideration if thinking about having an open kitchen since it takes quite a bit of planning on how to blend in your kitchen with the nearest other area of the house.

DO think of the seating arrangement. This is the first thing to think about. Where do you plan to have your guests seated while you are in the kitchen? You also have to plan out where you will be eating, eventually.

DON’T put a counter and stools in the way of where you prepare meals or cook. If you are going to put a counter and stools, put it further away from where you prepare meals because you will need that space. Also remember that the main items, stove, fridge and sink need to be arranged in a way that won’t keep you moving back and forth more than necessary.

DO make your open kitchen user-friendly. Open styles can be large or small, depending on how much space you can allocate to the kitchen, so you need to know beforehand where you plan to place things. Taking precise measurements in all kitchens is very important, but especially important in open style design. Everything, from counters to cabinets must be measured precisely.

DON’T overflow your kitchen with too many gadgets and kitchen appliances. Buying new things for your kitchen is nice, but when there’s no room for them, well, that’s not so nice. Try to buy appliances that do more than one job. Also, make sure to buy major appliances first (fridge, stove, dishwasher), and work the kitchen and cabinet measurements around them.

DO choose a simple color. Always remember that the kitchen must blend in with the rest of the house or at least to the room closest to it. Unless you or your designer can really work out the color, it’s best to use softer color hues be it for cabinets, wall parts and flooring.

DON’T go about all the designing by yourself. This is quite risky. Just because you like a color, doesn’t mean it’s going to work. Also, it’s easy to forget about some things if you’re not a professional designer. It would be a pity if you think everything is just right, but after all is done, you forgot to plan the space of where to put the garbage bin, so there it sits, in the middle of your new kitchen for everyone to see!

DO enjoy your new kitchen and keep in mind that design and planning are the most important factors to get it all right.