Using Solid Wood in Your Open Plan Kitchen Designs
The popularity of open plan kitchen designs increased throughout 2016 and looks set to continue well into 2017. An open plan space allows you to be more social when using your kitchen, a feature which is of great benefit to many; however, whilst these large spaces give your home an expansive, luxurious feel, it’s important to ensure that your design connects the kitchen to the adjoining space in an effective manner.
If you are looking for some handy hints on how to create an open plan solid wood kitchen, the following ideas are a great place to start
Include an island to tie the kitchen and living spaces together
An island is an ideal choice in open plan spaces, helping to divide the kitchen and adjacent living area whilst also providing a central focus for socialising. Large kitchen islands can incorporate room for hobs, sinks and under-counter appliances. They can also be used as a breakfast bar or casual dining area with the inclusion of an overhanging worktop. Kitchen islands add lots of extra storage space in the form of solid oak cabinets, drawers, wine racks or wicker baskets.
Use full height cabinets to provide ample storage space
A successful open plan kitchen design is often achieved at the expense of storage space – the expansive nature of this style means that there is limited wall space available. Our solid wood full height cabinets are a perfect solution for housing inbuilt appliances – enhancing storage opportunities in your kitchen – and can be equipped with shelves, drawers or novel kitchen wirework which allow easy access to all items that are stowed away within.
Use solid wood alongside neutral tones to distinguish separate areas
When decorating an open plan kitchen, it is important that the space flows naturally and a sense of aesthetic consistency is produced. A neutral colour scheme is an easy backdrop to work with, whilst natural wood adds texture to a kitchen that can be complemented by matching furnishings in the adjacent dining or living room. Solid wood worktops and matching kitchen accessories add natural colour to a light kitchen and help to break up the room without impacting on the spacious atmosphere.
Light timber worktops help reflect light in open kitchen spaces
In some open plan kitchen designs – especially those not blessed with floods of natural light – bright solid wood worktops help to illuminate the space, creating a sunny, spacious feel. Maple, bamboo, ash and Prime Oak worktops are all light in colour and are good choices for kitchens with a natural theme.
If you are still looking for inspiration to create the perfect open plan design, we have kitchen experts on hand at each of our kitchen showrooms to help make those tough decisions a little easier.
Alternatively, why not try out our handy Kitchen Style tool and explore some of the paint and worktop combinations in our range.