Open-plan kitchens – surely here to stay?

What's trending in kitchen layouts – open kitchens connected to open living spaces or perhaps a return to a separated off cooking space? We put the question to designers on the Trends Design Council panel

1. Kitchen, bathroom and interior designer Natalie Du Bois, Du Bois Design

They are extremely practical in today’s world – there is less and less time to spend with family with demanding jobs so having a kitchen area that is open, that you can multitask, check on kids doing homework nearby, or even catch up on the news. 

We also love entertaining in NZ and like our guests to be with us when we prepare food. 

Gone are the days of the mother cooking in a hidden away small utilitarian space not big enough to swing a cat in. 

2. Morgan Cronin, Cronin Kitchens

I cannot see open-plan kitchens not being here to stay. Really, there's no choice of open-plan kitchen and open-plan home living is definitely, I think, with us forever. 

Obviously, we've got sculleries and those sort of things, which gives the client the alternative to have the open-plan ultimate kitchen with a scullery in the background. But yeah, definitely the open-plan kitchens are here to stay.

Plus, it's very difficult to photograph a kitchen which looks good in a space that’s not open plan. So all the kitchens that we shoot, they're often are all about photography and symmetry, and having a look. So yeah, open-plan is really the only option.

3. Kirsty Davis, KD Kitchen Design

I do believe they are here to stay, I still get a number of clients on a daily basis wanting an open-plan kitchen, even in a renovation situation people are trying to achieve that open plan.

Whether that be potentially by removing walls, I just think it works so well with our lifestyle here in New Zealand where you are trying to create that indoor outdoor flow.

4. Shane George, Shane George Design

Yes, I think they are and I think that's because really a kitchen is a hub for the home – it's a social area, it's where everyone likes to connect when they're working. 

It’s connecting with the rest of the family; knowing what's going on – it’s eating, it’s entertaining. So I do think so.

5. Leonie Hamill, Cube Dentro

 Yes they are here to stay, open-plan kitchens, we have gone through the phase of having seperate rooms and open plan has been with us for quite some time now and it is going to be staying with us especially in NZ – it is the way we live, we interact with people. We are very social and so I don't see any movement away from that. 

I feel personally that open plan is going to be extended bigger and bigger, inside/outside – so, yes, here to stay.

So it looks like it's a professional consensus, open-plan is here to stay, with mess and clutter hidden away in the scullery or behind closed pocket doors – better get ready for that widely coordinated interior!

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26 Sep, 2021

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