Open kitchen layouts certainly have their appeal, but this arrangement is not for everyone. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal entitled “Closing the Door on the Open Kitchen” has sparked an intriguing question: How transparent do you really want your kitchen to be?
When it comes to entertaining, the flexibility of an open floor plan can be advantageous. As WSJ writer David Sokol put it, the open kitchen transforms the host into “the celebrity of family and social life.” But once the sink starts to pile up with dishes, that’s when you can start to miss that wall between your kitchen and the gathering space. Instead of reverting back to traditional kitchen layouts, however, architects and designers are developing innovative ways to maintain a subtle separation between these living spaces.
Oven & Storage Room Divider: One way architects and designers are dividing the kitchen and dining room is by replacing the adjoining threshold with an oven wall and/or floor-to-ceiling cabinets.
The Pocket-Galley Kitchen: This solution is especially great for city apartment dwellers. In this layout, the kitchen is designed like a galley but is hidden from the dining room with pocket doors which can also be used to conceal a wet bar area.
Kitchen Wall of Glass: A semiprivate layout can be achieved by enclosing the kitchen in glass. This approach can create a stunning effect for contemporary kitchen designs as it still allows natural light to flow in and out freely while maintaining a certain level of privacy.
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