This is one of the most popular home design trend, especially for family with young kids. And it is normal since it allows the cook(s) to be with everyone. I gathered on Living etc. successful open plan living rooms.
Living etc. is a great source of inspirations. And they acknowledged it by providing their online users to browse through their vast photo galleries.
A split level by a few steps adds elegance and interest to the open living design (top picture). This is the best view. And when you sit down in the living room for the digestive, your guests can sit down and not see the kitchen mess. I like it because they would not insist on doing the dishes.
There are many more ways to diminish the cluttered view of the kitchen when you have guests over. Here, homeowners used fringe walls and sliding doors.
Do not forget the classic large opening between two rooms that is so typical in old Victorian style houses. By removing the historic doors, you create a open sense of intimacy.
If you prefer a more casual look, check out the Family kitchen-diner and Laid-back living on Living etc.
PHOTO CREDITS – images by Living etc:
+ Elegant through-room
+ Fringe divider
+ Contemporary kitchen-diner
+ Sliding glass panels
+ Dramatic setting
KatieNovember 7, 2008 at 18:02
These pictures look so refreshing. We’re tearing down our kitchen walls in our Berlin apartment to make the space open. It’s been a wonderful decision, even if we’re in the midst of construction still. Thanks for sharing, Kim.
NancyNovember 11, 2008 at 05:20
Hi. Kitchens are the focal point of any home, therefore it’s important to design a space that is not only pleasing to the eye, but also serves our family’s needs. The kitchen pictures are really very classic.