If you have a large, open plan kitchen space, you may be combining the kitchen and cooking space, with the living space. And this can be incredibly effective in homes of all styles and designs, including rustic and country homes, as well as contemporary properties too. But to do this is effectively, there are a number of things to take into account. So what are the important considerations for creating a combined kitchen and living space? And how can you be sure of the best possible result? Well, here at MLS Kitchens, we are Manchester’s leading kitchen design professionals. As a result, we have produced this guide to everything you should know about effective integrated kitchen and living spaces.

What are the important considerations for creating a combined kitchen and living space?

There are a number of important things to take into account when planning and designing a combined kitchen and living space. These include:

  • Creating clear zonal areas- its important to use zonal areas in an open plan kitchen to add structure and flow to your space. It should be clear which part of the room is for cooking and for food prep, and which is for relaxing and unwinding. Using kitchen islands, and general worktop space can be effective for creating these zones.
  • Worktop layouts- in the majority of kitchens, the worktops are positioned against the back walls of the kitchen. However, in a large, open plan space, this may not be the most practical. In fact, it could be more effective to create freestanding kitchen worktops, with space behind for your to stand and prepare food. This means you would be able to look into the rest of the space, especially while entertaining guests, instead of facing the wall.

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