Designing your home with an open floor plan is very popular today. In addition to creating an illusion of a much larger space, combining a kitchen with another room makes your place more practical for entertaining and interaction.
Now, when designing a kitchen remodel to create a more open feel, there are several physical and visual changes to consider. Some options will work for certain kitchens and others will not.
Let’s look below at what those options are:
1- Remove a wall:
One of the easiest and more obvious ways to open up your kitchen is to remove a wall right? Well, not always…wall removal is not systematically possible and several things must be checked before construction can start. First, you will need to figure out whether the wall is a load-bearing wall, which are walls that supports weight from the top part of the house and are needed to keep the house standing. Therefore it cannot be removed! There are ways to address this with support beams but it needs to be taken care of by professionals. You will also need to figure out any electrical, plumbing, or venting and how it runs through the wall.
2- Upper cabinet & peninsula removal:
Many homes from the 80s and 90s were built with kitchen that includes a peninsula with upper and lower cabinets. An easy way to open up the kitchen is to remove the upper cabinets to increase your line of sight, making the space seem larger. This strategy also removes the need to bend down to look between the cabinets.
Another idea is to remove the entire peninsula in addition to the cabinets. This is similar to removing an entire wall and the results are immediately apparent. If you need the storage and countertop space, you may add a kitchen island, which doesn’t separate a room like a peninsula and influences an open feel.
3- Try a lighter color pallet
Darker colors make a room feel smaller. When remodeling a kitchen, especially one that is smaller, using lighter colors will help create an open feeling. Light colored paint on the walls and light toned wood will make a room feel open and not as crowded. You may also use light painted cabinets. Busy textures also create an enclosed feeling. Use smooth, cleaner textures to address this.
4- If storage is a necessity:
Eliminating cabinets is a good strategy to create an open kitchen but not always a feasible one. Cabinets with glass door inserts can be used to give the impression that a room is more open. This works because natural light is allowed to enter more of the room and is not blocked by dark wood. Your line of sight is often extended through the glass inserts as well, which makes a room feel larger.
So, don’t be afraid to use these tips for not only the kitchen but other areas in the house as well. Be creative and as always, feel free to call me at 786.223.8476 for a free consultation.
Brigitte Beltran is a Professional Interior Designer and certified Feng Shui practitioner, founder of FS2D Design Group, Inc. Her consulting firm is located in Miami, Florida. She can be reached at 786.223.8476 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. www.fs2ddesigngroup.com