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7 Reasons Why We're in Love With Open Kitchen Layout

April 2, 2020
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Open plan kitchen design is the current trend among homeowners as it is perceived as a space-friendly option by eliminating the kitchen walls and joining the living room together. It also simplifies the structure and the fluidity of the interior design as much as possible without sacrificing its functionality. That’s why eliminating the barrier between the kitchen and the living room is a practical move.

Seremban 2, Negeri Sembilan by PINS Studio

Interior Firm: PINS Studio

There’s plenty more reason why we love an open kitchen layout. Here, we have compiled our favourite designers' open kitchens to inspire you to adopt this design style in your own home!

1. Different colours & materials help to define the space

In a lot of cases, even though the kitchen is a part of the open floor plan and there are no walls between the zones, there’s still a clear visual separation between the spaces. This distinction is highlighted in this apartment in Penang through the use of different materials, finishes and colours.

Casa De Luna, Penang by EMPT Studio

Interior Firm: EMPT Studio

EMPT Studio installed a practical tile kitchen flooring that visually separates the kitchen and the living area. On top of that, by tearing down the original kitchen wall next to the entrance door, the designer managed to expand the kitchen space with additional square footage.

Casa De Luna, Penang by EMPT Studio

Interior Firm: EMPT Studio

2. Allow for social interaction & more casual dining

An open kitchen plan as pictured in this contemporary home encourages more casual dining and can make your guests or family members feel more comfortable compared to being isolated away in a separate room while waiting for the meal to begin. This way when you have guests over, you can interact with them whilst preparing for your best dish!

Saville Residence, KL by IQI Concept Interior Design & Renovation
Saville Residence, KL by IQI Concept Interior Design & Renovation

3. Natural sunlight creates a brighter kitchen

Natural light is important as the more natural light we’re exposed to, the happier and more energised we feel. By removing a wall that divides the kitchen and the living area, this home designed by PINS Studio looks wonderfully pleasant, bright and airy, thanks to the large windows that ensure natural daylight reflects through the living space across the white floors all the way to the open kitchen area.

The Robertson Soho, KL by PINS Studio

Interior Firm: PINS Studio

The Robertson Soho, KL by PINS Studio

Interior Firm: PINS Studio

4. Ample seating for large social gatherings

Most often, the kitchen is linked to the dining area and the two spaces are adjacent. With an open kitchen plan, homeowners can create additional dining space to cater for large social gatherings. This house by Cube Creation creation is a good example. The designer built a bar extension that is connected to the kitchen island that allows for casual dining or extra seating when the dining table is fully occupied.

Setia Damai, Setia Alam by Cube Creation Sdn. Bhd.
Setia Damai, Setia Alam by Cube Creation Sdn. Bhd.

5. Tie the space together

An open kitchen concept allows for a continuation of the interior design to flow from one room to another without sacrificing functionality. In this three-bedroom condominium, natural and organic finishes such as warm wood, all-white cabinetry and appliances, harmonise the whole space beautifully and unifies the three social areas; kitchen, dining and the living room.

Irama Wangsa by Pocket Square

Interior Firm: Pocket Square

Irama Wangsa by Pocket Square

Interior Firm: Pocket Square

6. Keeping things neat

Without fixed walls, an open kitchen becomes an extension to the living room, hence it encourages homeowners to keep the area neat and organised. Dual-tone kitchen island takes centre stage in this apartment that coordinates with the glossy cabinetry in a really elegant way. The kitchen island also doubles as an additional storage space to organise and store kitchen items more efficiently.

Astaka (4B), Johor Bahru by Blaine Robert Design Sdn. Bhd.
Astaka (4B), Johor Bahru by Blaine Robert Design Sdn. Bhd.

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7. A space-saving option

If your property comes with an open space layout, dividing the space with walls will make your home feel so much smaller. A simple way to trick the eye into thinking that you've got more square footage is to embrace an open kitchen concept, as pictured in this 400 sq ft studio apartment. Here, the open concept kitchen features ample storage space and dining despite the small dimension, with open shelves and a built-in dining table.

The Pinnacle (B), Sunway by Ingenious Makeover

Interior Firm: Ingenious Makeover

The Pinnacle (B), Sunway by Ingenious Makeover

Interior Firm: Ingenious Makeover

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