Recently some of my friends remodeled their kitchen. Apart from changing the cabinets and tables, they changed something else. They move from self-contained spaces to open floor plans where the kitchen blends in perfectly with the living and living areas. But before I recommend an cuisine ouverte plan to someone, I will ask them to consider some of the pros and cons of the design, such as the following:
If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen preparing meals and cleaning up afterward, you will start to feel a little trapped, especially if you can hear laughter coming from the other room. An open kitchen helps solve the problem of feeling disconnected, as you can see and hear what’s going on in the next room and join the conversation.
On the other hand, if young children are playing in the living room and they are very quiet, it usually means that something is up. The cuisine ouverte will help you supervise the kids before a five year old boy cuts his little brother’s hair, or before the girls show off their artistic talents by painting the walls with peanut butter.
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But if you can see from your kitchen it means that other people can see inside – the cupboards, and utensils, and dirty dishes that are on the counter and piled up in the sink. So, if you’re not the type whose kitchen is always ready to go, think about this: Do you really want to see that dirty dish while you’re trying to relax in front of the TV?
Another thing to consider is that odors do spread. But if you don’t like the idea of stale cooking oil adding its scent to your sofa cushions and living room curtains, you may decide that an open kitchen isn’t the right floor plan for you.
So it’s a good idea to weigh the pros and cons of open kitchen plans, before you break through those kitchen walls. And remember, design compromise is a possibility. That way you can get your cake and eat it too – and no one has to look at the dirty cookie plates that are sitting in the sink.