In the past 30 years, open concept kitchens have become the go-to layout for many homeowners. Devoid of walls, they provide plenty of room to cook, gather, work, watch TV and do homework—all in the same place. How do you maintain an open, connected feeling with different functional zones? Here are six essential elements to promote a visually connected space ready for every activity on your agenda.
1. Lighting is an effective way to anchor space from above.
Planning proper lighting is an essential part of designing an open concept space. In this kitchen, a large chandelier hung over the dining area, illuminates this zone while pendants, above the island, provide plenty of light for food preparation.
2. Cabinetry dictates the function of each zone.
Select cabinetry that suits the space naturally creates a functional division. In this space, furniture-style features, created using open shelving and closed cabinetry, clearly delineates the living room from the kitchen.
3. Well-placed furniture defines a space while maintaining sightlines.
With the sofa strategically placed between the living area and the kitchen, this space feels open and connected.
4. Color cleverly divides spaces while maintaining a light-filled, airy flow.
Patterned wallpaper separates the eating area from the rest of the kitchen—no walls needed.
5. Rugs define specific zones.
In this kitchen, the rug separates the dining area from its surroundings. Rugs also add color and warmth to an open concept space.
6. Flooring provides continuity throughout an open-concept space.
Consistent flooring encourages flow and harmonizes the whole space beautifully.
Are you ready to divide and conquer? Whether you plan to accommodate intimate or large family gatherings; a Waypoint designer will customize your open concept living space to ensure you get exactly what you had in mind!
As lead Kitchen and Bath Designer for Waypoint Living Spaces®, my goal is to become a partner and support you in the creation of beautiful living spaces. As a busy mother of two, I have a true understanding and appreciation for a well-designed, functional space. That's why I'm here - to deliver expert support and content that makes your job easier. Together, let's achieve exactly what you have in mind!
Jennifer LeMarr, CKBD
Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer
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