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How to close off an open-plan kitchen

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How to close off an open-plan kitchen

03 Feb 2014

 

Do you prefer to keep what's in a kitchen out of sight when you have guests around? Although it might seem strange that someone would want to close off an open-plan kitchen, especially with the trend towards more open-plan design…

Waist-high cabinets work well at hiding a messy kitchen and can be designed and colour coordinated to fit in with the existing look and feel of any space.

If you watch Masterchef you will know that there are those that cook and entertain on a regular basis and would rather not have their guests viewing the mess left behind. A semi-open-plan kitchen let's you keep mess out of sight.

As the trend for open-plan living increases, closing off a kitchen only devalues a property unless it lends to the design, especially when there are ways and means to detract, but not completely close off, a kitchen.

A bistro-style dining area not only sections off the open-plan kitchen and dining area, but still allows plenty of light to flow through the space. Wood frames are fitted with glass panels from shoulder height to ceiling and create a cosy dining nook that easily seats six dinner guests.

Even though sectioned off, this space allows communication and efficient access to the kitchen and surrounding areas.

Fitting a sliding or accordion-style system over a countertop not only allows you to close off a kitchen during the prep and cooking process, it also easily slides or folds out of sight when the kitchen is spotlessly clean.

An arrangement of sliding glass panel doors, add an element of privacy without completely sectioning off the kitchen.

An arrangement of sliding glass panel doors, add an element of privacy without completely sectioning off the kitchen.

Waist-high cabinets work well at hiding a messy kitchen and can be designed and colour coordinated to fit in with the existing look and feel of any space.

A single frame with glass panels adds to a rustic open-plan kitchen and dining area, providing a screen between the two areas without blocking natural light. The idea is to zone the space into two separate areas without visually breaking the natural flow, to create more of a comfortable family area.

Adding to the aesthetics of this green home design, an open- plan living space is closed off with painted brick walls. The semi open-plan kitchen is cleverly concealed without being closed off from the living space.

In a semi open-plan kitchen, built-in kitchen cabinetry and sliding glass panels that extend along the length of the countertop encapsulate the kitchen and cut down on cooking smells. When open, the countertop provides a space for entertaining or dining. Sandblasted or vinyl-coated glass would increase the amount of privacy without blocking out natural light.

Article courtesy of www.homedzine.co.za

 

Author: Home-dzine

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