Aim for the ideal combination of function, ergonomics and workflow with a kitchen layout.

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Reconfiguring a kitchen layout could be the result of extending, renovating or redesigning your current kitchen space. We spoke to Robert Burnett, head of design at Kitchens by Holloways shares his practical advice for reconfiguring a kitchen layout.


In most cases, the removal of an internal wall results in significant changes to the floorplan and design of the rooms being connected. To create a single cohesive look, try using the same floor finish and colours throughout. Or to emphasise the separate dining, living and kitchen areas, use different floor finishes, colours and lighting.

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Kitchens that are in full view of a living or dining area are best if they are clutter-free and are easy to keep tidy. Opt for fully integrated appliances wherever possible and non-fussy cabinet designs for a streamlined look. 

Read more: How to minimise sound in an openplan kitchen


Powerful extraction is a must to limit drifting cooking odours. To minimise noise, look for downdrafts or ceiling models with motors mounted on an external wall. 

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Incorporating an island

When an island unit separates the kitchen and dining/seating area, position the fridge so that children or guests can access it without having to walk through the kitchen. This will avoid to much footfall through the busiest part of the kitchen and is a successful design trick for a family kitchen. 

Plan out electricity

Recent changes in building regulations will affect your electricity and lighting arrangements, so factor this into your plans. Sockets may need to be relocated, for example, and you could require more of them.


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