Gone are the days of closed doors and layouts. Homeowners and designers have been choosing to opt for more open layouts to create spacious and airy designs. This approach has been especially popular for kitchen designs. Unlike the traditional layouts where kitchens formed a separate room, with doors that closed it off from the rest of the house, open kitchen layouts are created with display in mind. Rather than confining the kitchen space to a separate area, Open kitchen designs promote incorporating them with your home design in a way that it becomes a part of your living spaces. These work especially great if you have a smaller space. As the kitchen combines with the living area, both the rooms seem bigger and more spacious.
Open kitchens have a very luxe and stunning look to them. They combine functionality with design in the finest ways. They give an illusion of space and add a certain openness to the home. Not to forget, open kitchens can act as a perfect hosting space, even while you cook, as they flow seamlessly into the living areas and look nothing short of perfect. You can opt for a U shaped or L shaped layout depending on the space you have and your design vision. There are a lot of different designs and combinations that you can decide on while designing an open kitchen, to create one that truly adds to your home’s ambience.
CREATE A CLASSY ALL WHITE
You can never go wrong with a classy all white layout. White as a color is known to be very calm and subtle. While maintaining it requires a bit of hard work, an all white open kitchen is class and simplicity personified. Especially if you’re looking to go the monochrome route, you could choose everything, from appliances to fittings in white creating a soothing and uniform look throughout. You could choose to go for silver or gold toned decals on the handles and fittings to up the luxe factor. If you’re worried about cleaning, you could opt to add a backsplash in the same color but of an easy to clean material like tiles, or create a contrasting one for a different look.
PAIR UP BLACK AND WOODEN TONES
Black and wooden tones complement each other well. Black is a stunning color that has a very luxurious feel to it. Color blocking with balck however can be tricky. It is thus a good idea to pair balck with wooden tones so as to cut through the darkness with a tinge of natural earthiness brought to the space with wood. You can opt to have wooden shelves paired with black as shown, or create an all balck space with a wooden effect kitchen island to create an airy contrast. Since it is tricky to use natural wood in the kitchen, a space where moisture and heat runs high, you could install wooden finish replicating pvc panels, tiles or even laminates to give the look without the worry.
TAKE THE EDGY MINIMAL ROUTE
If your style is all about minimalism and elegance, then creating an open kitchen design that resonates with subtle charm is the way to go. To start with you could choose to go for simple and light colors. For a minimal effect, monochrome is just what you need. Monochromatic color schemes utilize different tones of a single color, creating a simple yet stellar look.
Pair the muted colors with edgy and defined furniture, adding a touch of sophistication to the space. Further you could choose to go with simple and sleek appliances that complement the overall theme, for a space that exudes elegance all the way.
MAKE A STATEMENT WITH BRIGHT COLORS
To step away from the boring ole subtle tones, you can choose to create your kitchen to represent a saga of bright and bold colors. Bright colors as is can be used to compliment your living space, or create a stark contrast with. Depending on what you prefer, you could either go for a single bright color throughout the open kitchen, or pair up two bright and vibrant colors for a unique and lively look. You can also pair a bright color with a deeper one to create a subtle contrast that adds a touch of brightness to the space without going overboard with the colors.
GIVE PRETTY PASTELS A SHOT
Pastel tones are the right way to add color to your kitchen while keeping it simple and neutral. Pastel tones can be found in a variety of colors, basically about any color you choose, the lightest shade of it forms it’s pastel tone giving you the option to go with any color you like yet keep it subtle. Pastel themed kitchens look very bright yet soft, giving your kitchen space a charming look. You can go for a complete pastel theme or pair it with a deeper hue of the same color for a contrasting look, creating an enchanting design.
DEVELOP A RUSTIC CHARM
Creating a kitchen to have a rustic charm about it is a great way to go. Rustic designs mainly utilize wooden and grainy textures, with overall a warm brown or beige color palette. Such a design is great to give your kitchen a simple and homey look which gives off a welcoming vibe. You can choose to go for all browns or pair it with other rustic tones for a simple and warm look. Adding yellow lights is especially great for such a theme to complement the colors and bring out the kitchen’s design.
TURN TO TROPICAL DESIGNS
Tropical or seaside inspired interior design is right on trend at the moment. Utilizing nature inspired bright and beautiful tones, tropical theme is a great design for yoru open kitchen to give it a unique and fresh look. Even in living areas with a simple theme, a tropical kitchen island or space can prove to be a gorgeous escape from the monotony. From tropical themed wall cladding, to natural tones furniture, simple additions can make the open kitchen look lovely. You can also choose to add a bit of greenery in this theme with simple succulents or small plants depending on the space you can spare.
TRY THE VINTAGE WAY
Taking cues from vintage for your open kitchen design is a classy and charming way to go. For a vintage look, you can first begin with warm and light colors. You could also choose to incorporate florals in your design as they resonate with the vintage theme. Be in your furniture, your wallpaper or a backsplash, florals can add a beautiful touch to the kitchen. You can further extend the vintage inspiration to your dining or kitchen island furniture to complement the theme well, creating a luxurious and classical design.
OPT FOR A TWO TONE DESIGN
Two toned open kitchens are a good way to add color or create a contrasting effect. You could choose to pair a simple white with red, blue, purple or a berry shade as shown, just about any color you wish. Alternatively, you could pair two hues of the same shade, or create a dark and light contrast with colors like balck and white, or yellow and gray. The possibilities are endless for you to create a design you truly like, transforming your kitchen into a space that flows into your home’s interior design effortlessly.
Overall, open kitchens have become the go to choice for designers and customers alike and for all the right reasons. Much like any other space in your house, the kitchen area deserves to be showcased and developed to be absolutely stunning. Open kitchens are a modern addition to your home that add to it’s ambience while being functional as it allows the kitchen and living area to fuse and complement each other, especially great when hosting ro spending time with loved ones while you cook. We hope the above designs and suggestions inspire you to create an open kitchen design that is oh-so-stunning!