Every time you invite the guests for dinner, you can’t help but dream about having an open-plan kitchen and dining area. If that dream would get realized, you would be able to chat with your family and friends while you are preparing a dinner and not holler from another room.
Consult with the professional
If you decide to tear down the wall that separates your kitchen from the dining room, make sure to consult with the professionals about it. Thing is, it might not be possible to take the wall down because of your house or apartment structure. Experts will tell you if it can be done or not and what the best option in both cases would be.
Walking on the clouds
Cooking, bringing meals from the kitchen to the dining table and taking the dirty dishes away is much easier if you make the transition between these two rooms comfortable and softer. Whether you have tiles or wood flooring you will need to have some kind of carpeting. Hosting a dinner means a lot of walking, so you should think about getting a few comfy floor rugs for both the kitchen and the dining area. Not only will you feel like you’re walking on the clouds, but they will also add special charm to your brand new open-plan cooking and eating space.
Divide a work zone from the dining area
Even though you have an open-plan kitchen now, there still has to be some kind of dividing line between it and the dining place so that nobody would get in your way while you are cooking. Divide them with a breakfast bar, countertop or kitchen island. That way you can also shorten the path from the dining room to more wine or snacks because you can put them on a divider before you start to eat.
Once you transform the two rooms into one, it may be tricky to get enough light, especially if you lack big windows on that side of your home. If you live in a house, consult with the professionals about getting a skylight right above your kitchen table. Lighten up your way while you cook with the under-cabinet strip lights. For additional brightness put some simple ceiling lights.
Hide the clutter
When you have an open-plan kitchen and dining room, your guests can see all the beauty of it, but also all the clutter you have. Little bottles of spices, kitchen utensils, various jars and million other things need to have their own space hidden from the curious eyes. One way to store it all in the same place is to get a tall pull-out unit, and if it still isn’t enough, you can always add some drawers. Hang the cutting boards inside the kitchen cabinet doors and think about making a narrow rolling cabinet in the gap between the kitchen appliances.
Oh, the smell!
Even the best cooks can burn their meals from time to time. However, with the kitchen and dining areas blended in one room, your guests will feel both the delicious scents, but also the smell of burning. Opening the windows won’t be enough, and that’s why you should install a kitchen extractor fan. Just make sure that it doesn’t make much noise, otherwise you and your guests will have to practically yell so you can hear each other.
Let the details tell a story
Very often, the kitchen and dining areas have completely different styles. Don’t worry because there is a way to give them something in common and you can achieve all that with just a little bit of paint. How? Paint the backsplash in your kitchen with the colour that adorns your chairs. If you still have to buy a dining table and chairs, then think about getting them in the colour of your kitchen island and cabinets.
During the cold days, it’s always harder to heat the big rooms. If you don’t want to shiver while you are preparing a lunch and make sure that your family and friends are warm at the dining table, then you should think about installing underfloor heating. That way you will be able to walk around your open-plan kitchen and dining area without slippers, even when it’s snowing outside.
If you love to hang around with people, talk and have a hedonistic spirit within yourself, then an open-plan kitchen and dining area is perfect for your home.
Now all that is left to do is to prepare that specialty of yours and invite your family or friends over for a lunch or dinner. Enjoy!