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7 things that work well in an open plan kitchen and dining room


It’s increasingly becoming the layout of choice for householders today and it can pose its own issues if you’re not sure how to go about making the most of the space or how to decorate the place. Here’s our pick of 7 open plan kitchen and dining room ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

1. A pair of rugs: one for the kitchen and one that sits under the furniture in the dining area can help define distinct ‘rooms’ within the space with the additional benefit of bringing comfort underfoot. Here’s another tip – textured fabrics also help to reduce noise. 


2. Think about separating the room naturally with a high-backed sofa or pair of contemporary chairs positioned with their backs to the kitchen so you get a contained sense of space when you want to relax in a seating area without having to see the kitchen.


3. Consider where your separate work stations are in order to elongate your sight lines. By this, we mean something as manageable as installing your sink or stove in your island so you can look out of the window or adjacent areas, and not feel so locked in.


4. A pleasing focal point always makes a nice touch. It could be a decorative pendant light over the kitchen table or a bold back splash counter behind your cooker. Whatever you choose, it needs to be the shining star.


5. When you have your focal point, use other smaller elements to echo the design sentiments. If you’ve gone for something colourful, take small bits of their hues or textures throughout the space to nail the décor theme.


6. If space is at a premium in your kitchen diner then it’s sensible to focus on the layout of your dining area. Make the most of any corners, bays and walls to fix bench seating and form one side of the dining area. This clever little trick means you have to dedicate less space to chairs.


7. For a kitchen diner that relies on plenty of storage and doesn’t have a great deal of cabinetry, hang extra floating shelves to hold cookbooks, frequently used tools and accessories and some purifying plants.


For more open plan kitchen and dining room ideas, take a look at our practical guide. With a wealth of experience from working in homes in the region and across the country, we’re proud to be a Which? Trusted Trader. If you think we could help you transform your kitchen diner, book your free design appointment.


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