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Kitchen Design Trends : Broken Plan Kitchens

Open-plan kitchens have evolved into broken-plan kitchens. A lot of homeowners are moving away from open-plan layouts and are using broken-plan layouts in their kitchens. Broken-plan layouts form a barrier with the living area without cutting them off. We recommend using our kitchen services to do your kitchen renovations in the Scotland area to create a broken-plan layout. Creating zones in your kitchen creates privacy and doesn’t compromise on light and openness. There are four ideas that are considered trends that will help you create a broken-plan kitchen that will be discussed. 

Deciphering what a broken-plan kitchen looks like

Broken-plan kitchens are perfect for entertaining. A broken-plan kitchen has physical dividers between the kitchen and dining area using room divisions like different floor finishes, half walls and shelves. Broken-plan kitchens have the same spacious quality as open-plan kitchens but still have a degree of separation between dining and living areas. Doing broken-plan kitchen renovations will improve your kitchen both on a functional and aesthetic level. In order to create the seamless feel between different zones, careful planning is necessary.

1.     Creating zones in your broken-plan kitchen using a half wall

A simple idea that will create a broken-plan kitchen with a division between living and dining areas is to build a low or half-height wall. This kitchen renovation idea is used in Scotland. A half wall compliments practical elements like a breakfast bar giving an extra area for seating or bench stools. Combining living and dining areas creates better flow and space for conversations between family members and guests. A breakfast bar provides a space to entertain friends and family. Half walls also create a visual block concealing a messy kitchen after cooking. You can enjoy a meal with your family and guests at your breakfast bar.

2.     Creating zones in your broken-plan kitchen using a dividing shelf

Many homeowners don’t have enough storage space in their kitchen. A dividing shelf provides an effortless transition into different zones and can show off antiques or collectibles and homeware that would normally be hidden in closed cabinets. Open shelving creates a division between the kitchen and dining area, creating privacy for your children to complete their homework, for example, while you prepare a meal.

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3.     Creating zones in your broken-plan kitchen using a tall fireplace

Broken-plan kitchens bring character into your home and a good way to do this is to do a kitchen renovation with a tall fireplace between zones. A big open-plan living space can be divided by a tall fireplace between kitchen and living room. The line of sight is maintained between these two zones. This room divider can be enjoyed during a cold winter’s night where the family can keep warm near the fireplace. A tall fireplace makes a statement, is a talking point and centrepiece.

4.     Connecting zones in your broken-plan kitchen using materials and colour

You can create a sense of continuity in your open-plan layout in your kitchen design through connecting zones with colour and furniture. For example, you could choose to use similar looking cabinetry like open shelving in the kitchen and living room. Another way to create continuity is by using colour in a kitchen splashback and creating a visual link by using the same colour in the dining area seen on a feature wall. If you use the different flooring in both areas this shows a division between the spaces too. Good use of colour in your kitchen renovations creates natural zones. Colour used to differentiate between kitchen and living areas is a popular technique used in kitchen renovations in Scotland. Our kitchen renovation team will advise you on colour schemes that will suit your kitchen.

Using kitchen design trends to create your broken-plan kitchen

Broken-plan kitchens have evolved from the original layout of open-plan kitchens. Broken-plan layouts form a barrier with the living area without cutting them off. With the help of our kitchen renovation team in Scotland you can create the ideal broken-plan layout in your kitchen. There are four trends discussed above that will help you create zones in your kitchen for privacy, yet there will be a continuous theme between different areas. Broken-plan kitchens have physical dividers between the kitchen and dining area using room divisions like different floor finishes, half walls and shelves. Half walls compliment practical elements like a breakfast bar giving an extra area for seating or stools. Combining living and dining areas creates a flow of conversation. A dividing shelf can show off antiques or and homeware that would normally be concealed in closed cabinets.

Creating zones can be done using a tall fireplace in your kitchen renovations. A large open-plan living space can have zones created in it by a tall fireplace between the kitchen and living room. Seamlessness can be created in your open-plan layout in your kitchen design through connecting zones with colour and furniture. You may choose to use similar looking cabinetry like open shelving in the kitchen and living room. You can also create a seamless feel using colour in your kitchen splashback and creating a visual link by using the same colour in the dining area displayed on a feature wall. By using our kitchen renovation team in Scotland and some of these trends to differentiate between zones, you can create the ideal broken-plan kitchen.

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