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Room of the week – Smart kitchen diner

June 22, 2011

This weeks Room of the Week is a large kitchen diner with an extensive entertaining area.  From the House to Home galleries this kitchen has been designed as the heart of the home and combines a very large dining area with a large island.

We have gradually seen a decline in formal dining and many people have now combined the dining room with the kitchen to provide a larger space.  By careful planning this can provide a wonderful space to be enjoyed on a daily basis but if possible you will also want to include an area of dining, therefore allowing the room to be used for entertaining when needed.

Large open plan spaces are very easy to create but can be hard to decorate in an effective manner so each area has definition.  The rug underneath the table in this room defines the dining area and creates a nice contrast to the wood in the kitchen.  The striped rug below from John Lewis would work well if you have a very plain interior in your kitchen, especially if you have a large area of natural stone ie limestone and are looking to add colour to the room.

Another way to define areas within a large open plan space is with the lighting.  Pendant lighting above the dining table can be used on its own when dining to light the room, therefore creating a focus on the table.  The use of pendant lighting is also good to add interest, if you prefer a plain coloured kitchen the pendant lights from Kartell below would add a splash of colour – and given the low price they can also easily be changed in the future if you tire of the colour.

Elica have really improved the image of the humble kitchen extractor over the last few years and now offer some stunning models.   The Jasmine range shown below is manufactured in painted steel with laser cut detail and includes 6 lamps for task lighting and decoration.  When you are choosing your extractor do remember to check how noisy it will be – however much you like it you will never use it if it is just too noisy.

By combining a few simple elements and also carefully thinking about how you would use your kitchen you can easily create a large open plan kitchen that can also allow for more formal dining.  Remember to plan your cupboards correctly so you have space for everything, try to define each area and think about the lighting and you should have a perfect kitchen to entertain your friends.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 28, 2011 8:23 pm

    Hello Andrew,

    Great post – the traditional spatial separation between cooking and eating has indeed started to dissipate and this we believe will increase as a trend as our family needs change.

    We’ve too have explored this idea in a recent blog called A life without Walls – which you may find of interest: http://scholtesexperience.co.uk/post/3785173580/life-without-walls

    There are some nice tips here as to how to deal with the opening up of the space as it can be intimidating to be left with such a vastness.

    Looking forward to reading more of your ideas.

    The Scholtès social team

    • June 28, 2011 8:30 pm

      Thanks for your comments. Plamning a large space correctly is so important, we have all seen people knock down walls then be left with a huge barn like space and no idea how to decorate or furnish it!

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