In looking at the trends that are at the leading edge of contemporary kitchen design it’s clear that open, functional spaces, effectively incorporating the limits of your kitchen space and integrating the kitchen, as the heart of the home, with the surrounding dining and living room space is taking off around the world.
Openness is all inclusive. Instead of the kitchen being a more secluded space you retreat to, separating the cook or diners from the social spaces of the rest of the house, openness is a true reflection of your heart and the values you ascribe to family and social interactions.
With this in mind, designers have been looking at different ways to combine openness and functionality, using different materials in flooring, cabinets, countertops, appliances and fixtures to create a lively and versatile space that transforms the kitchen into the center of family and social life despite the confines of your specific abode.
Here we take a closer look at open kitchen designs by asking and visually answering a simple question, what are the positive attributes of openness?