Creating a seamless flow in an open-plan design

A live-in kitchen is a perfect space for families and busy spaces. Integrating the cooking function of a kitchen with the comfort of the rest of your home has never been more on-trend. Make the open-plan design flow seamlessly for a perfect live-in kitchen.

Integrate the cabinetry.
With an open plan, the kitchen is actually part of the living room and the cabinets become furniture. If you are using dark wood furnishings, choose kitchen cabinets that match or compliment them.  If the living area features an ornate fireplace, choose similarly ornate cabinet door finishes.

Integrate the cabinetry in perfecting your seamless kitchen design look (c) Bultahup

Integrate the cabinetry in perfecting your seamless kitchen design look (c) Bultahup

Choose a cohesive colour scheme
Your palette should be harmonious. Soft mauve walls in the living and dining area flow easily into a pale grey kitchen. Industrial black and steel furnishings can be echoed in a high-tech kitchen design.

A cohesive colour scheme makes for a harmonious kitchen palette.(c)maishadesign.com

A cohesive colour scheme makes for a harmonious kitchen palette.(c)maishadesign.com

Use the Same Flooring Throughout
Almost any flooring choice can work in a kitchen, reinforcing the sense of continuous space. If you love the look of hardwood go for a strong, water-base finish that can be easily retouched, or choose factory-applied, acrylic finishes that impregnate the wood instead of coating it.  Composite quartz floors come in every imaginable design option and work beautifully from living room to kitchen.

Hardwood flooring gives your kitchen a seamless feel all over. (c) nakedkitchens.com

Hardwood flooring gives your kitchen a seamless feel all over. (c) nakedkitchens.com

Create Areas with Rugs and Lighting
Define separate spaces with rugs —in front of the couch, under the dining table. Use under cabinet fixtures to illuminate kitchen work spaces. Hanging lamps over the counter are softer than a ceiling fixture.

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Rugs define the space of the room while adding comfort to the entire kitchen design.(c)kmldesign.com

Opt for Discrete Appliances
Some appliances are too gorgeous to hide. The Grundig Flexi Induction Hob, a discrete black sheet that lights up at the touch of a finger, can function as a design element.  Or give your kitchen the look of a living room with harmonious cabinetry that lets you stow your refrigerator and dishwasher behind a door. Cover your kitchen sing with butcher block or a marble slab.

The Grundig Flexi Induction Hob, a discrete black sheet that lights up at the touch of a finger, can function as a design element. (c) grundig.com

The Grundig Flexi Induction Hob, a discrete black sheet that lights up at the touch of a finger, can function as a design element. (c) grundig.com

Hide the Clutter
You don’t have to lose storage space when you eliminate walls. Extend your cabinets to the ceiling. Add racks to the inside of cabinet doors.  Keep your counters clear with storage organizers. Hide your dish drainer by placing it in a cabinet over the sink.