Brokenplan kitchens take the benefits of openplan, but use dividing design tricks to create functional, comfortable spaces.
Borrowing the best bits of openplan, but offering the chance to create comfortable, intimate spaces too, broken-plan living has a lot to offer a kitchen design.
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Where openplan design is focussed on undivided living spaces, brokenplan design borrows the sense of openness, but instates barriers, whether physical or not, to help to demarcate a space into its different functions.
The result? All the benefits of light, bright, spacious openplan living, but also the ability to create a sense of intimacy within separate spaces that openplan homes can sometimes lack.
Take a look at a few ways you can embrace brokenplan living in creating a kitchen for your build project.
Islands and peninsulas
If you’re unsure about how effective brokenplan can be, just think of a kitchen island or peninsula as a most basic example. These structural elements aren’t just about adding more cabinetry and surfaces to the kitchen, they often mark a dividing line between the cooking and living spaces.
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Having an openplan kitchen-cum-living space may be the modern way, but it comes with its own issues. The noise and smell of cooking can be a particular grievance in truly openplan spaces that may leave you wishing you’d installed a partition between these spaces.
If you’re concerned about this, one way to overcome is to opt for internal glazing – whether Crittall style doors or sleek near-frameless interior windows – which allows you to retain the eyelines throughout your home, while still having a physical divide between rooms.