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Creating an open-space kitchen The main and most common advantage for applying this concept is the optimization of available space. When dealing with small and compartmentalized areas in apartment renovation projects, and if the building structure allows it, my first tendency is to merge the kitchen and the living room. This way, the space becomes more spacious and open, allowing for better circulation and more natural light. In my view, there are only advantages, but it is crucial to understand what the homeowner wants and how they want to experience these spaces because the open space will inevitably make the apartment have a more informal and open atmosphere.

Kitchen and living room united in the same space is a trend that has been gaining more and more appreciation, not only due to spatial optimization but also because of the new dynamics of family life and the relaxed way we live and entertain guests.

How many times do you have friends snacking or socializing while a meal is being prepared because you don’t want to be alone in the kitchen while others are having fun in the living room?

Today, the kitchen is the soul and heart of the house, and opting for this more contemporary layout is an acknowledgment of wanting to enjoy everything it can offer. It’s almost a must-have, but for that, it must be an additional concern in terms of decoration, functionality, and, consequently, storage.

The main challenge is to ensure that two completely distinct areas not separated by walls coexist perfectly and blend harmoniously. The idea of ​​improving spatial quality must ensure that the advantages are maximized and outweigh the disadvantages. Therefore, it is essential to weigh well and take some important factors into consideration:

  • The kitchen and the living room have distinct functionalities, and the style may not be precisely the same, but it must follow a consistent line in terms of color and materials that are harmonious and homogeneous as a whole.
  • Although the spaces are united, it is advisable to create subtle divisions between different environments. Key pieces such as an island, a dining table, a column like a two-sided fireplace, or a bipolar TV are excellent ways to create differentiation between spaces.
  • It is important to prioritize closed cabinets and make the most of their interiors with plenty of storage, considering that there are fewer walls.
  • Since the kitchen becomes part of the social area of ​​the house, privacy is lost, and consequently, extra storage should be created for everything, especially for dirty items. Special attention should be paid to constant cleaning and organization so that the space as a whole is pleasant.
  • It is advisable to opt for built-in appliances to achieve uniformity in cabinet blocks and choose quieter appliances not to disturb when in the living room.
  • Finally, and perhaps one of the most important aspects, is the issue of odors. To achieve this perfect union of spaces, it is crucial that the kitchen has a very powerful and high-quality extractor hood so that the extraction of fumes and smells is done as efficiently as possible.

By bringing together all these elements, the PERFECT OPEN-SPACE is possible!

Margarida Bugarim Interior Architect