Published at Tuesday, 13 February 2018. Kitchen. By Joanna Chalifour.
In the days before electricity changed everything in our lives, family kitchens in modestly sized homes were large but simply appointed rooms. They contained a solid fuel heat source for cooking (a fireplace or a coal or wood stove) and a built-in sink, with or without running water. Everything else was a piece of furniture. The icebox was elegantly made of wood, as were the central dining/work table, cupboards, pie safes and pantries. The family kitchen was the central work/social place of the home too where family members, sometimes in the company of friends performed most domestic chores and socialized with each other.
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.
The kitchen lighting fixtures over the breakfast table in our kitchen, we found to be an essential part of our kitchen planning, as different types of lighting fixtures for this amazingly useful space were required. We took more time on this part of the room and chose carefully, although it was a little tempting to simply add these later, this has now become such a special place for us. The kitchen lighting fixtures that we installed provide a nice warm glow that fans out evenly, across our table space, yet synchronizes perfectly with the rest of our beautiful kitchen.
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