The future of open plan kitchens

Kitchen design so stylish you can hardly tell you’re in the kitchen

Open plan living isn’t just a passing trend, it’s a reflection of how homes are evolving to suit the changing needs of modern life.

With rising property prices putting a premium on space, combining several functions into one room is no longer simply a design choice; it’s often also a necessity.

Thankfully though, there’s no need to compromise on style when designing an open plan room, as kitchen designers have invented a number of innovative features to blend your cooking, dining and living space into a cohesive whole.

So with that in mind, this week we’re sharing our best-kept secrets for creating a seamlessly chic open plan kitchen.

Out of sight

The best way to make a cluttered kitchen feel more like an extension of your relaxing living space is to find clever ways to conceal practical appliances and kitchen extras when they’re not in use. From retractable taps and pull out bin units, to under-cabinet lighting and pop-up oven hoods hidden underneath your worktops, there are an endless number of clever inventions to transform your kitchen.

Make a statement

While appliances were once designed from a solely practical viewpoint, nowadays designers are pushing the boundaries to create kitchen features as beautiful as they are helpful. Take the extractor fan, for example; why settle for a boxy, industrial design when you could have an artfully curved seashell cooker hood, or a glittering chandelier style star island hood?

Sleeker surfaces

Sleek, uninterrupted surfaces within your kitchen will create a fluid transition between rooms and give the space a more soothing feel. To achieve this, opt for fridges, freezers and dishwashers with a concealed front to match your cabinets, and choose inlaid handles for a smoother finish. If you love listening to music while you cook, you can even integrate a Bluetooth speaker into the space between your cabinets through Magnet’s ground-breaking Sound Plus system.

When it comes to worktops, materials like Quartz and Corian can be shaped into virtually any design, so are brilliant for creating a smoother flow in the kitchen. Likewise, the flat surface of a digital induction hob is a sleek alternative to traditional gas hobs, while a removable chopping board that covers your sink is a great way to hide washing up supplies when not in use.