Published at Thursday, October 11th 2018. by Corette Houde in Kitchen.
I am a big believer in the \"Open Floor Plan\" which has fewer walls and doors, with rooms tied together as open visual space. Keeping the Great Room, Dining Room and Kitchen \"open\" (meaning no walls between them) help make all the rooms \"feel bigger\". The wall removal helps facilitate the open communications between the rooms. You don't feel isolated in the kitchen when wall barriers are removed, and thus people don't have to step into the kitchen to talk to you. They can do it from outside the kitchen zone.
With all the time we spend in the kitchen, it's no wonder that every several years, we itch for a new look. If you have an older home, your kitchen may have appliances which don't match - that almond refrigerator you bought a few years ago, with the stainless steel dishwasher and a stove in that yellow-gold color so popular in the 70s. You're definitely up for a change! However, a kitchen remodel is one of the most expensive projects you can tackle. So, what's a viable solution?
Now, current planning has opened up the kitchen to incorporate the social rooms again. New homes almost always have a breakfast/family room completely in view of the kitchen. The Great Room concept is simply a large social room with a kitchen in it. Walls between the kitchen and other rooms are being torn down in older homes in the effort to create multi-task, live-in kitchens. We have actually gone full circle, in a little over 100 years, by creating a modern version of a pre-electricity social/working kitchen.
Bold and bright kitchen tiles may be required to introduce some life and fun into your kitchen. There is no rule to say that your tiles have to be neutral and blend into your kitchen, use colourful tiles either for the entire kitchen wall, on the kitchen splashback or as a decorative border of strip of tiled colour. There are plenty of colourful tiles on the market, a popular colour that stands out is red, which can make a statement in your kitchen.
With the tidbits I've discussed above and by keeping the people out of a kitchen, a kitchen size of 16'x10' or 12'x12' is very effective, with tons of storage. Making the kitchen a \"traffic corridor\" for people to pass through, the kitchen would need to double in size, and you're not gaining storage space with that size because all the openings to the kitchen are eating up what could have been used for cabinets.
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