Earlier on this week, we brought you some of our favourite kitchen-diner designs. Today we’re going to get a little more technical however, and show you how you can go about planning your kitchen-diner. After all, the more prepared you are, the better the outcome will be. So follow these simple steps to plan your dream kitchen-diner today.
Consider the space
Choosing an open-plan kitchen-diner will create a vast space in your home. What’s more, it’ll allow for entertaining while you’re cooking. And let’s face it, the majority of families spend their waking hours at home in the kitchen, don’t they? That’s one reason why a kitchen-diner can be so useful. It gives you enough space for family members and guests to sit down, without being under your feet while you’re preparing food.
For that reason, it is vital to plan your space carefully. Create different zones to ensure that the dining area is distinctly separate from the food preparation area of the kitchen. One easy way to do this visually is to install a breakfast bar between the kitchen and dining table.
It’s a good idea to position the dining table in the part of the room that gets the most light. Housetohome.co.uk recommends installing different degrees of lighting to help you easily separate each of your zones. Spotlights can work well over any preparation worktops, while warm lighting around the dining area will create a welcoming, cosy atmosphere.
When it comes to the design aspect of your kitchen-diner, it is wise to complement both dining and kitchen areas. So if you’re planning to decorate the kitchen using country-kitchen colours and traditional-looking appliances, make sure that you, in turn, opt for rustic furniture in the dining area. Likewise, if your kitchen is full of the latest mod-cons and stainless steel work surfaces, choose modern colours and tableware in your dining area.
Hide the clutter
Open-plan kitchen-diners can look messy and cluttered if you fill your worktops with cereal boxes, loaves of bread, and cartons of juice. Try to invest in kitchen furniture with incorporated storage. For example, you could make the most of the storage space provided by your kitchen island, like in this kitchen from lovehome.co.uk. Hanging pots and pans from suspended storage racks will free up your cupboard space. What’s more, it’ll work well as a design feature.
Do you have any further tips for planning a kitchen-diner?
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