Nowadays, kitchens have become the heart of the house, the place where family and friends gather to celebrate just being together. If you think about it, every meal or celebration starts in the kitchen, with the last cooking preparations and the first drinks and appetisers, always ending up around the table. So, why not eliminate the barriers that separate both areas and create an open kitchen? Here we bring you three different ideas – which belong to a project for the ONNI Construction Company, located in Old Town in Chicago – that will show you the advantages of doing that.
1. Place the Main Sink in the Island
If you love cooking and want to feel like a professional chef in your daily life, you must place the sink in the centre of the kitchen island. By doing this, you will have lots of room to move about and cook at ease. Besides, you will be able to face outwards into the kitchen while you are prepping or cleaning up, which is practical for taking care of children and having enjoyable conversations with guests.
2. Create a One-Wall Kitchen Design
If your kitchen area is not as big as you’d always dreamed of, join it with the living room, using a single-wall layout. Here we bring you open plan kitchen ideas for making the most of the space available. Arranging all cabinets, worktops, and appliances to one wall, you will have plenty of space for furniture and traffic flow, making the room more comfortable and useful. Additionally, an excellent idea to maximise the available space is to install a microwave with an extractor fan, as used in this project.
3. Choose a Two-Level Kitchen Island
As you can see in the following photos, the two-level kitchen island makes space for everyone, as it separates in a practical way the space intended for cooking from the seating area, where family and friends can relax and enjoy the conversation without worrying about getting stained. Having a break in the surface forms a natural barrier between these two spaces and gives a touch of sophistication to the room’s decor.