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A gorgeous granite countertop can really bring a kitchen together and give it a sleek, modern look.  It is often the literal centerpiece of the room, and it is easily the most noticeable element. That’s why it is so important to choose a palette that works well with the décor, including paint, backsplash, appliances, artwork, and furnishings.

If you’re redoing your kitchen, it is a good idea to choose a granite color right away.  Because granite is multicolor, you can pick a particular piece that you feel drawn to, then choose the rest of the décor based on the colors in the flecks and veins of the slab.  This method is a lot like building an outfit around a bold statement piece.

Another great reason for picking your granite first is because it has a longer lifespan than most other things in your kitchen.  It is much easier (and less expensive) to give your kitchen a fresh coat of paint than it is to replace granite countertops. Keep that in mind, especially if you are renovating to sell your home.  Potential buyers might be turned off if they feel the granite clashes with their own style. That’s why it is so important to select something that will go with a wide range of colors and designs.

Here are some of the best options to consider in order to make sure that your granite countertops match seamlessly with the décor, now and later.

Black

It’s no surprise that black granite made the list—after all, black goes with everything!  The especially great thing about black granite is that it can appear to be one color, but when the light shines on it, you’ll see tiny specks of silver.  That silver and black look excellent with stainless steel appliances. Also, black picture frames, bar stools, and cooking utensils will fit in well. If black countertops feel too dark, add white cabinets to brighten the place up.

White

White countertops give the room a bright spacious feeling, and they’re incredibly versatile.  Choose a color palette that speaks to you, with more or less blacks, browns, and grays throughout depending on what your cabinets and appliances look like.  White granite can go with any look, including brown cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, or wrought iron bar stools.

Beige

Beige granite is light enough that it doesn’t overpower the room.  It is also light enough that you can still see the splashes of black, darker brown, and silver throughout.  That mixture of colors makes it one of the most versatile choices and still provides a warm, inviting feeling to the kitchen.  You really can’t go wrong no matter how the rest of the kitchen looks.

Jewel Tone

While not as common, granite is also available in jewel tones such as reds, blues, and greens.  When paired with simple white cabinets and appliances, the bright colored countertops give the room an incredible pop.  The best part is, the rest of the décor does not have to match the exact shade of the granite—it just has to match its vibrancy.  By having a brightly colored countertop against a white backdrop, you can add fun splashes of décor around the kitchen in a wide range of colors.

The backsplash is one of the most neglected design elements in a kitchen, especially if the room is part of a larger open floorplan because eyes are naturally drawn to the sink and space above the oven. So, a clever backsplash can completely change the personality of your space, and the most important decision you have to make is its color.

But First…

Even though the color is most important, you have to make many decisions before you even get to color. Take a step back and think about what you want your kitchen to say. Is it fun, happy, and bright? Or is it sleek, modern, and serious? Is it a warm and cozy retreat or a serious culinary space? This reflection is one step closer to your finished backsplash.

Then you need to consider what material best fits that personality. Trendy subway tile is a good way to make a kitchen feel hip, stainless steel gives a modern vibe, or mosaic tile or glass can give a rustic feel. If your kitchen is already busy, consider a material with a simple design, like plain tile. If, on the other hand, you’re looking to generate some visual interest, consider a patterned tile or a hand-painted backsplash.

Size Up Your Space

After these big-picture design choices, it’s time to think about how big your backsplash should be. An intricate design is best housed in a smaller space—it’s better to be understated than oppressive. However, a plain natural stone or simple tile pattern can be extended beyond the natural limits of the cabinetry up to the ceiling or around the kitchen. Try to balance the visual interest of your backsplash with the rest of the kitchen so it is a highlight of the room, but it doesn’t steal the show.

Add Some Color

Finally, we’re ready to pick the color! Of course, your choices are limited by the material you have already chosen but don’t be scared to mix that up. Your first consideration is whether to pick a classic neutral tone or a vibrant accent color. If you have a carefully curated modern, earthy, or cozy character in your kitchen, you’ll probably want to stick with neutral or earth tones. A vibrant or upbeat space may demand a bolder choice. 

When deciding on the color, be sure to pay attention to the permanent features of your kitchen. First, strive to complement without being too matchy. Color within the palette of your kitchen is better than repeating a color already present. Second, balance the impact of space with the rest of the room. If your kitchen lacks accent, create some in your color choice. An already busy kitchen probably needs a subdued color.

Color can have the biggest impact on the backsplash’s effect. Choose a color that fits the personality you have created, and make sure it does not draw undue attention to itself. Most importantly, be careful to keep the backsplash in its place if it needs to be by using a neutral tone, or let it shine with a bold color.

Growing plants in your kitchen has a simple charm that can’t be beaten. Of course, this comes with some challenges—after all, kitchens are designed for cooking, not for growing. When selecting a plant for your kitchen, there are three things to consider: size, light tolerance, and function.

Unless you have unlimited counter space—and let’s be real, that’s something we all want more of—your best options are likely underneath or on top of cabinets or in some inaccessible nook.  For this same reason, it will also need to tolerate low light levels. Given the value of counter space in our homes, if we are keeping a plant on it, that plant needs to pay its own way, either by cleaning the air or by growing something useful.

1. Pothos (Devil’s Ivy) or English Ivy

Sure, these plants will spread out over time, but proper care will keep them well-behaved in the kitchen. Pothos is great for low-light kitchens or bright spaces, but English ivy requires time in direct sunlight. Though neither produces anything useful in the kitchen, they clean the air by filtering out solvents, mold, and bacteria. You’ll breathe a little easier and a little happier with one of these adorable ivies in your kitchen.

2. Aloe Vera

Aloe is a compact and useful plant but requires regular sunlight. Though visually stunning, its true beauty lies in its medicinal use. The next time you need to soothe a burn, simply cut off a lower spear, slice it lengthwise, and apply the gel for instant relief. Care is a breeze.  Letting the soil dry out between waterings is recommended as root rot is a constant threat. This bold succulent is a welcome addition to any kitchen space.

3. Herbs

Though you may not have luck growing tomatoes on your counter, you can still try your hand at basil, mint, or parsley. Most herbs need regular sunlight, but a shade-tolerant variety or plant-growing light can make these the perfect kitchen plant. Herbs can also be grown in small pots and kept to a manageable size with proper care. With the installation of a high output plant growing light, you can grow any herb right where you cook.

4. Cast Iron Plant

Though this plant serves only to bring beauty and oxygen to your room, it is unbelievably tolerant of any condition you could throw at it. This hardiness makes it worthy of its name, though it will likely need to be housed on the floor or in the corner given its height. Low or bright light, humid or arid, warm or cold, this plant won’t flinch, making it the perfect kitchen companion.

5. White Jasmine

Rounding out our list is this exquisite sweet-smelling flowering plant. It requires a little more care than others, doing best in indirect light and reliably moist soil, but its aroma and aesthetic make it worth it. The delicate scent can help create a fresh and clean environment but won’t interfere with the aromas of your gourmet creations.

Answering two direct, illuminating questions can make your search for awesome basement kitchen ideas fast, easy, and highly effective. You’ll get a basement kitchen you love, not something that seems thrown together, or designed for someone else.

 FUNCTION

As you gather ideas for an awesome basement kitchen, the first question to keep in mind is the function. What function will your basement kitchen serve?

 Will it be an awesome entertaining space? Or will it be to provide guests with a small private kitchen? Will it be to create a rental space with more value? To create a haven retreat for an individual member of the household?

 Once you think that question through and yes, create a written statement of function for your planned basement kitchen, you can evaluate ideas instantly. And there’s another important general question you’ll want to ask before coming up with specific.

 WHO WILL BE USING THIS BASEMENT KITCHEN?

The second question is: Who will be using this kitchen? Make a list of the main users. Then rank them in order of the most frequent users down to the least frequent. You now know who this basement kitchen is for and what they’ll be using it for.

 Now it’s time to consider ideas, which you can now properly evaluate. Compare every idea you come up with against those two questions, and you’ll be able to evaluate them instantly as awesome or as … not so good.

 Now for the fun part. Here are some suggestions to get you started on your exploration. 

WET BAR

No matter how much money you may save on setting up a dry bar — and that can work — check your budget and the costs of installing a wet bar. You know you’ll want a sink. The only question is: can or should you spend the money on it.

LIGHTING

Adequate adjustable lighting is a no-brainer for an awesome kitchen basement. Choose LED strip lights and LED bulbs that you can control with an app or a dedicated remote control. Recessed ceiling lights with smart bulbs make for a cleaner look.

 COUNTER SEATING

Counter seating is another easy call for a basement kitchen. Counter seating saves space — no dining table needed. And counter seating can be uber comfortable, or torture to sit in. So don’t skimp on these. Make sure they’re comfortable and can pivot so that your guests can turn toward (and away from) each other.  Rule out any seats that don’t have built-in, adjustable height footrests that pivot with the seat. 

BACKSPLASH FIT FOR A BAR

The backsplash should be classy, not too bold, and not trendy. Choose the right color to complement the cabinetry and walls. Rock or tile or wood can all work. Ensure it gives the right feeling for the function of your basement kitchen, and for the people who will be using it most.  

MIRRORS, ART, AND TVs

Finally, remember that what goes on the walls of a basement kitchen can be as important as the square footage. Mirrors and the right art can go a long way to opening up even a small space. With a tasteful, rectangular mirror behind the bar, your guests will feel cozy instead of feeling claustrophobic. Art on the walls should be well-lit, inviting, and with lighting dedicated to it. And taking a lesson from small, cozy bars, remember that a couple of wall-mounted TVs, muted and set to sports or to scenic screensavers, give anyone a feeling of connection, still, to the outside world.

Evaluating each of your choices strictly against the function of your basement kitchen will bring you to a finished project that pleases you and all the users of that space. Enjoy the journey!  

Creating the perfect kitchen island for you can seem overwhelming — until you notice the one obvious question to rule them all. 

And that question, every designer agrees because it’s designing 101, is this: How will your kitchen island be used? 

Do you want to eat there? Entertain? Do you want to sit on kitchen stools or in chairs? Who will use it? Adults only? Children? So take some time first to write out, on paper, the basic purposes you want this kitchen island to fulfill in your life. 

Do you want one level? Or two?

Do you want one level for your kitchen island or two levels? If you’ll be doing cooking prep at the island, you’ll want a counter height level. For seating that would require stools, not chairs. But designers can accommodate both needs at once — on one side, counter height for prep, and on the dining side, table height so guests can sit more comfortably in chairs. 

A two-level solution is especially important for toddlers who can so easily fall off of kitchen stools. 

Do you really want a stovetop and sink?

In imagination, it’s alluring: you’re cooking while talking with friends seated just across from you at the kitchen island. What could be more charming? But reality often differs from imagination.  

In reality, cooking can splatter. And there’s heat involved. Consider the advantages (and enormous cost savings) of using your existing stovetop to cook on, while turning around to chat with your guests at the kitchen island. Most food doesn’t require absolutely constant attention, anyway. And those that do — stir fry, for example — no guest wants to be seated near, at eye level, dodging the steam and the spatter. 

Sink splashes are less painful than hot grease but can be just as much of a buzzkill for friendly conversation. 

For these reasons, many designers recommend not mixing cooking, cleaning, and conversation in the same eye-level space. It can be done, of course, but the island needs to be quite large for it to work comfortably. 

How much space to leave

The rule of thumb you’ll hear from any designer is to leave at least three feet of space around any kitchen island. The island must accommodate a person seated, room to pass behind the person, and any wall art or side tables. Since some people can be quite large, and since everyone likes at times to have room to move while seated, planning for at least three feet of space is the minimum. You’ll avoid cramped quarters for your guests.

To be 100% sure you choose the right size of kitchen island for your kitchen, first make detailed floor plan drawings of it. It’s not difficult with graph paper, letting one square be equal to one foot of space. Imagination alone can help you to see if a design works in the space you have. 

But for really making sure it will work, there’s no substitute for creating a cardboard mockup using clean moving boxes from a home supplies store. Cut and tape the mockup together, and live with it for a week. You’ll then know with certainty whether the design fits you and your kitchen, or needs some tweaking. All for less than $10, you’ve saved potentially thousands later. 

Keep the function always in your mind, and choosing details will be much easier and more effective. You’ll end up with an awesome kitchen island your family will love for years to come.

Getting to produce and design a kitchen that would make even Gordon Ramsey grow with envy takes guts and a little planning to execute. Efficiency, ease of cleanliness, and a touch of aesthetics are all it takes to get that fabulous kitchen up to that pro-level status.

Get that cooking hat and architect digest ready to go as you will read below five great ideas to spruce up your home kitchen design.

As mentioned before, the kitchen has a variety of functions and styles of choice. Below you will find the top five list:

 The Work Pyramid

 In essence, the pyramid is a triangle, in which many top designers and world-class chefs recommend that your work area not be more than twenty-six feet. Also, between each section from the prep to the cleaning to the cooking area should be no more than four feet to nine feet away from one another. 

These measurements will help to keep your area primed for efficiency.

 The Bling in steel, stainless steel

Many professional designers time and time again refer to stainless steel as their choice for surface areas. Stainless steel gives any home kitchen that top-end feel to the look of a professional kitchen. 

Hygiene and longevity are the primary functions of stainless steel in the kitchen. Because the steel is not porous, those nasty germs have nowhere to run and hide. Also, the steel will not stain if that world-class tomato sauce is accidentally spilled. Side bonus, it cleans up really easy.

Send them to the RACK!

Depending on your style in how you want to set up the tools of your trade, a rack might be a good idea. Functional utensil rods to house all your cooking, baking, cleaning, and other food making tools can be conveniently placed, and accessible. Often this display can have add an aesthetic accent to your neutral background colors, and let’s face it. At times it’s cool to show off.

Smart Storage and Barstools

Part of this tip is having a plan for what is coming up on the menu. Knowing a plan will help you shop better and store. Once you have an idea, the storage of perishables and non-perishables can have a significant impact on the look and feel of the space. Plan ahead and plan accordingly. Another tip is maximizing the space for friends and family. Bar stools come in many shapes and sizes.  Doubling the island or countertop as a bar area can help give extra hosting space. Also, bar stools can add a touch of modern or vintage depending on style and selection.

Overhead Lights

Pendant lights give your kitchen area a sleek look, depending on the style and intensity of light. Though they look like heating lamps, their functionality is to illuminate and give the space more light when it is needed. Keep in mind, it is crucial to have your cooking area well-lit when handling foods that need to be inspected and cut. 

Seeing what you are making or cutting is also a safety factor, however, what is to say it can’t be classy also.

Final Thoughts

In reflection, understanding design does not need to be a full-time job or require a four-year degree. Having a flow of work, functional work area, storage, planning, and the illumination of the work area can make your kitchen fun and easy on the eyes. Enjoy these simple steps and ideas which are used in everyday industrial kitchens and executive chef’s own home kitchens. 

Seize the day and get your cooking on!

Understanding how to select tiles for your shower can be quite confusing and, at times, complicated when the task is pretty simple. Knowing how you want your shower set up will determine what kind of tiles will be used as well as if you will or will not be using patterns in the design of your shower. 

Some professionals recommend keeping designs and mosaics limited to the backsplash. Keep in mind the alignment of the tiles will also play a factor in using either big or small tiles. Below, you will find some information to help you make the right choice that fits your taste and help you decide on which to use, small or big tiles.

Big vs. Small – Let the Battle Begin

As mentioned before, Big and small tiles in your shower can have various functions and styles of choice. Below you will find the differences and how they add up:

Big Tiles

Bigger tiles offer the easiest and most inexpensive option in tiling, due to its size. It can, in some experts’ opinion, be a safety hazard as the shower is the wettest part of the restroom. Because of the uniformity of the tile, the amount of traction on a damp shower floor depends on the number of seams in the grout. 

Gaining traction can often play a significant factor in using large or small tiles. If you decide to use big tiles, it is advised to check on the “coefficient of traction” or COF ratings on the flooring before the decision is made of which size to use. The shower is very wet and can be a slipping hazard.

Small Tiles

Small tiles are graded to hold the best friction in the shower and are often the safest bet when it comes to the flooring of the shower. Again, the opportunity to create higher friction for footing while in the wet shower is one of the benefits in which smaller tiles are favored in the shower. 

However, designers warn that the use of small tiles in other aspects of the shower should be limited as they can create aesthetic eyesores. Being mindful of how and what you use will be a question you will need to answer before remodeling or building your shower tile layout. 

Combination of Big and Small

The combination of the small and big tile is often the “go-to” plan when designing a shower with tile. Usually, to cover more square feet with the more prominent tile is a common choice and small used for the flooring. One combination recommended is to use the same or a slightly different size for accents or backsplash for some variations in textures.

Wrapping up

Understanding the functionality of your tile within your shower will be the critical factor when selecting the size and design of your tiled shower. Both small and large tiles have their purpose and functionality to the showering area.

Having a professional is always recommended.  As well, having a plan for the layout is a good idea. Knowing the coefficient of traction (COF) of your selection will also provide peace of mind that the choice is safe for the area that the tile will be used. 

Mosaics, simple designs, and various colors will add texture a great aesthetics to your shower and bathroom in general.

Your Appliances Are Your Cornerstone   

There are a ton of excellent ways to take your kitchen in a retro direction. From checkered floors and old simplistic appliances to simple cozy cabinets and elegant vintage barstools and chairs. The great thing about doing a vintage designed kitchen is that so many different things can efficiently work together to create this look. Your appliances are key. Vintage appliances can be found relatively easy with just a bit of browsing at your local flea markets, Trade Shows, or even Auctions. Although they may not come cheap, they will be essential in a retro remodel as new age appliances in a design from 50 years ago would not make sense.

You would be surprised just how easy it is to get most of these appliances back to working order and refinished to fit your design. It is also a good idea to keep in mind that there are a lot of companies that make brand new appliances that are made to look retro that may save you some time. Any way you go about it make sure you keep functionality in mind as some may be lacking in that department and won’t make for a suitable medium. 

Choosing The Right Colors Are Key  

The colors that you use will play a huge roll in your retro design journey as some of the colors used today were not used during those fantastic times. Bright, vibrant colors and beautiful pastels are in places that we would not put them in a modern kitchen such as directly on the appliances, countertops, barstools, or accent chairs. It’s not uncommon to see robin’s egg blue refrigerators or bright red trim work around countertops. Color is beautiful, so do not be afraid to get crazy with this one. Nearly anything you choose to go with is going to match up as long as you pick 2 or 3 and stick with them. It is always a good idea to use the internet for reference when choosing color schemes for your kitchen remodel for any era.

Retro Flooring To Step Back In Time 

It is hard to go wrong with a checkered floor when considering a retro design for your kitchen. This adaptation comes from the many dinners of that era that inspired a happy time in the Americana tradition. If you aren’t too keen on the checkered floor pattern, a beautiful vintage wood pattern is another great option. Nowadays, it is hard to tell real wood from artificial, and the synthetic wooden panels are incredibly durable, making them a more effective and less expensive alternative to many applications. One of the best things about artificial wooden floor panels is there is no need for finishing. You pick your pre desired finish and make your purchase. Finally, a great idea is the traditional concrete finished flooring with retro graphics. Retro graphics can be purchased almost anywhere online and apply within minutes to nearly any surface, adding a little more fun to the project.     

Put Some History In Your Accent Pieces

Accent pieces such as pictures, memorabilia, signs, and kitchenware will play a vital role in the presentation of your new retro designed kitchen. One way to find vintage photographs is to do a google image search and print what you want then put them into some lovely reproduced old-style frames to give off the illusion of the past. You can also find tons of vintage memorabilia such as signs, glassware, and runners online, and although often reproductions, they get the job done. 

If you enjoy digging through the past at your local flea markets and vintage shops, then you will be in heaven with this part of the remodel as they are loaded with all of the things that you may typically never use, but are perfect for a blast from the past kitchen. Remember to keep your accent pieces correct to the period as you wouldn’t want a blender from the 60s sitting next to a picture from the 80s. Keep a close eye on your budget, and remember to wheel and deal on these items as much as you can, and you will often get them for just a fraction of the shop owners asking prices. 

Lighting Up The Kitchen Retro Style 

Lighting is essential in any remodel, but especially in the kitchen. You are going to want to optimize your lighting for efficiency and functionality while being able to keep correct to the period of whatever retro era you choose for your project. First and foremost, keep in mind that pure white light did not exist back then, so soft, warm ambient lighting is the way to go. Low hanging lamps in a row are a great way to light up the area over a sink or bar to give off that cozy vintage feel and ample light for doing kitchen duties or snacking. Edison bulbs are beautiful and now easily attained at your local hardware store and even some large chain retail stores. In other words, steer clear of LEDs unless the actual light is out of clear view. 

If you go with a checkered floor retro style design, running lights under the bar and over the stove hood are an excellent idea. Remember to keep the lighting functional so that we don’t get stuck trying to work in a dimly lit kitchen. The option of bright lights hidden in old lampshades with dimmers and multiple optional colors is always a fun, great way to go.   

Why Do You Want To Remodel Your Kitchen?

When setting out to remodel a kitchen, we have to ask ourselves what the purpose of the endeavor is because this will determine the budget. Are we just tired of the design and looking to spruce it up, making it more aesthetically pleasing or, is it about getting more functionality out of the space? Maybe it’s both, which is an excellent medium to shoot for in most cases. With proper planning, we can get a visually pleasing upgrade while also bringing the functionality up to par to make it a place we love spending time.

Is Your Space Adequate For The Remodel?

Keep in mind that some spaces are not going to accommodate all of the beautiful upgrades that you want. Optimization of your area may require alterations to plans or sacrifice on either design or functionality. In smaller spaces, there are things to consider, such as a more open floor plan for that area or space-saving appliances. Often, great design will involve colors optimal for smaller spaces to make them seem and feel larger. Whatever the case may be, a realistic goal for the area that you have is essential, as this is something that can turn into a considerable headache later if not taken into consideration early on.  

Do You Plan To Relocate Major Any Plumbing?

Sometimes with a kitchen remodel, we will decide what we want to either move or upgrade the plumbing such as the sink or a refrigerator connected to a water line. Remember that moving major plumbing such as this can be costly and is not an easy task. It is always best to consult a professional if this is part of the plans as a possibly faulty plumbing job could completely ruin newly remodeled work.

How Much Storage Do You Need?  

Cabinet space is a must, but how much do we need? For some, there can never be enough. As with others, the most minimal amount is perfect. A great way to factor cabinet space is to go through your kitchen before the remodel and do an inventory of how much space you are currently utilizing. You will need a good idea of how much you can either downsize or may want to upgrade the cabinet space to suit your needs. There are many new ways to keep cabinet space trendy and functional such as open cabinets or even hidden cabinets. Remember, cabinets are for storage, and showing them off is not always the new norm when it comes to trends and aesthetically pleasing designs.

Is Your Remodel Realistic To Your Budget?

We all want the most bang for our buck, but with the kitchen often being the most expensive room in our home, that budget can be blown out of the water pretty quickly if we aren’t careful. Upgrades to existing appliances aren’t cheap, so its always best to make sure that what we have listed as a need isn’t a want when trying to stick to the budget. If we can’t live without certain things, then other items may need to be done more cheaply to make up for the cost.

If the design is more critical than upgrades to appliances, then it will be an easier task, but it is always best to do the math and always overshoot the cost pretty substantially to stay within your budget. If you are doing the remodel yourself, then what you will need to spend will be significantly lower than if you need to pay a contractor. With this in mind, call around to get the best quotes possible, as all contractors will vary in what they charge. 

Whether you’re moving, planning a remodel, or want to change up your living space, an open floorplan with an integrated kitchen and living area is the way to go. There are many benefits to this growing trend in home design. If you’re thinking of joining in but still need some convincing, here are five reasons why you should integrate your kitchen and living area.

Family Bonding and Socializing

Family togetherness is one of the best reasons to break down the walls between your kitchen and living room. If you want more family bonding time and an enhanced ability to socialize while you’re cooking meals, an open floor plan is the way to go. Knocking down the walls between rooms allows for conversations to take place seamlessly between both rooms. Whether children are completing homework, friends are watching TV, or you’re having a dinner party, you can join the conversation no matter what you’re doing in the kitchen.

Hosting Parties

When hosting parties, an open floor plan benefits both host and party flow. By having one spacious room, food can easily flow from kitchen to sitting areas in the living room. This type of setup also allows the host to prepare food while taking part in pictures, conversations, storytelling, and memory-making. No longer does the host have to be separated from the party by a wall simply because they’re in the kitchen. Guests can also pitch in and help prepare food or serve it due to ease of accessing both the kitchen and living areas at the same time.

Spacious Feel

An open floor plan creates a spacious feel even for smaller homes. By keeping the walk-through areas free of clutter, you’ll create smooth traffic flow from one room to the other. Integrated design allows for maximized furniture placement. No wall between the kitchen and living area means more floor space and memory-making in a spacious-feeling room.

Multi-functional

When hosting, an open floor plan connecting the kitchen and living area creates a single multi-functional great-room. Use your kitchen counter to set up an easily accessible hot chocolate bar when hosting parties. Babysit children or watch your own playing in the living area while you’re making supper. Host a reading club and provide charcuterie or small appetizers for a fun flow of conversation and food the entire time. No matter what you want to do with an open floor plan, nearly any idea is possible. 

Shared Lighting

Perhaps one of the best perks of having an open floor plan is the shared lighting. Living areas usually have the best natural light in the entire house. Kitchens, on the other hand, sometimes get short-changed. By taking down walls to create one large room, kitchens will be able to maximize shared lighting from living areas. When natural light flows from one end of the room to the other, the entire area will take on a light and airy feel perfect for hosting any party.