How to design an Open-Plan Living Space within the Hub of the Home

Some of our kitchens have been designed into open-plan living spaces, where carefully thought out ideas have created incredible family homes.

The way in which we use the kitchen today has changed dramatically, from just a room for cooking to today’s kitchen which is all about having a space where it is inviting to cook, eat and gather family and friends to relax and entertain. A kitchen designed and built by us here at Nicholas Bridger will give the best overall function of the room.

What is there to love about an open-plan space?

There is a lot to love about an open-plan space. It can be a space that will be embraced by you and your friends for many years to come and will be the heart of all your gatherings. An open-plan space can give you a flexible and relaxed feeling that a modern home today provides.

Where do you start when creating an open-plan kitchen, dining and living area?

The overall starting point to get the most out of your open-plan space is being clear on how you want the different areas laid out.

Zoning helps you move from one activity to another without the feeling of being in the kitchen the whole time. Furniture such as a kitchen island or breakfast bar can divide the space between the kitchen area and dining/living space. Size and layout is another important factor in creating the perfect open-plan space, such as large square and rectangular rooms. If you have the space we/you will be able to create a magnificent open-plan room.

Open-plan spaces designed and built by Nicholas Bridger

Below in this very large open-plan space we designed and created in Potters Bar, met all of our clients needs. We worked alongside our client who is also an interior designer, making full use of the space and building in special features. Just like the solid oak breakfast bar, which adds a curved element to the kitchen design.We hand painted the furniture in Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue which has a lovely rich look and feel. We built a number of clever storage solutions such as two pantry cupboards featuring pocket doors, which neatly stow away to allow you to keep the cupboard doors open while preparing food. Learn more on this kitchen.

We relocated the existing Nicholas Bridger kitchen into this new extension in Woodford Green in a galley style layout. The island acts as a divider in this large open space, including seating for three. We have serious envy right now due to the amount of natural light this kitchen will get. We handpainted the kitchen in Farrow & Ball Railings and added polished Chrome Perrin & Rowe knobs and handles for a design statement. Learn more on this kitchen.

Below in our classic shaker in Hadley Wood, this large open-plan space boasts plenty of natural light and an area to entertain in. The kitchen has been hand painted in a two-tone colour scheme, with Blackened and Down Pipe both from Farrow & Ball. The island acts as a divider from the living area, and a focal point with a curved end for the perfect additional seating area. Learn more on this kitchen.

This property in Whetstone, London oozes lots of charm and features a stunning open-plan kitchen, dining and living space. It is a bespoke in-frame two-tone kitchen that has been complimented by the in-line plinths and the skirting style plinth on the central island. In particular the warmth mix of the traditional and modern style within this kitchen brings the space together and makes it a perfect open-plan space for all of the family. We added a large central island in the middle of the room to define the living area from the dining area. Learn more on this kitchen.

The property below in Epping is owned by a client who is a professional chef, who wanted to create an area in their home that was perfect for fulfilling a space to entertain their family and friends. One end is the main kitchen area finished in Farrow & Ball Cornforth White, and the other end of the space has been designed to be the dining area featuring a TV cabinet and dresser finished in Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue. All handmade in our classic shaker style featuring the beautiful Victorian bead, with the two colours defining the different areas of the room. Learn more on this kitchen.

The property below in Stamford, Peterborough, meets all the needs of an open-plan space, designed in our Classic Shaker style. A large spacious kitchen has been designed to meet our client’s specific needs, with a dining area and living space at the other side of the room separated by a large supporting pillar, complete with storage for snacks and books. The kitchen has been painted in a two-tone colour scheme maximising the space, making it light and airy, and creating a perfect hub of the home to entertain in. Learn more on this kitchen.

This Traditional Shaker style kitchen below was completed in Royston, Hertfordshire is also an open-plan living space with the dining table being to the right of the room for those entertaining evenings. The space oozes charm with its rustic features, and the traditional style of the cabinets brings the whole of the kitchen together. The cook will be able to join in on the conversation while plating up the most delicious meal. Learn more on this kitchen.

The property below in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire is a great example of our Classic Shaker style and an open-plan living space. Creating a large island in the middle of the room defines the other areas of the kitchen such as the dining area. The design we have created in this kitchen also leads seamlessly onto the dining table area that’s perfect for entertaining. Learn more on this kitchen.

Here at Nicholas Bridger we love creating show stopping open-plan spaces that will fill your heart of the home with love and style and create an all important multi-functional room. Contact us today for more information- we look forward to hearing from you.