Kitchen / February 15, 2018 / Richard Odilon.
Storage is still crucial, but remember that the country kitchen (unlike its modern- and contemporary counterparts) doesn’t hide the majority of elements away. A lot of pieces (from tea towels to crockery) are put on display in country kitchens, helping to ensure a lived-in look that is much homier.
Installing a sky light in the kitchen / directly above the dining table can also ensure more natural lighting. For artificial lighting, subtle under-cabinet strips can make that open-plan kitchen bright and welcoming. For the rest of the room, simple ceiling lighting, as well as a table/floor lamp or wall sconces, should be adequate.
Sometimes tearing down a wall is not enough to enhance a room’s brightness factor. If your open-plan layout is still too gloomy, consider bringing in French- or bi-fold doors to steal some of the garden’s natural lighting. And if your new layout successfully includes the terrace/patio as part of the open layout, then more power to you.
If you’re tired of preparing meals by your lonesome self in the kitchen while the rest of the family are socialising in the adjoining room, then put food prepping at the heat of your new open-plan kitchen. Practical tasks can become easier too – a dining table placed closer to the kitchen means shorter carrying distance for plates and food, perfect if you have small kids at home.
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