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3 solutions to develop my kitchen

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Open, closed or small, your kitchen offers many possibilities of development. Maison Magazine proposes 3 ways of arranging it ...

1. An open kitchen, for conviviality

Today, every other kitchen is open. This underlying trend has settled in our interiors and does not seem to want to change. On the contrary! Following the fashion initiated by the Italian brands, some cooks (Cuisinella, Mobalpa, Schmidt ...) offer furniture making the connection between dining room, living room and kitchen. This offer, a new way of designing the space, is based on transversal furniture - able to dress both a kitchen and a living room - and on elements such as shelves and bookcases that facilitate the transition from one space to another . The kitchen, which was previously simply open to the living room or dining room, is thus fully integrated into the house.

To open the kitchen is to promote a feeling of conviviality, but also of space. This allows the meal preparation activities to get out of their specific place, to "overflow" on the show. But beware: when renovating your kitchen, before considering this solution, be aware that some constraints must be taken into account, apart from considerations related to the structure of the habitat itself (existence of a load-bearing wall for example ). First of all, to open is to expose oneself, so to accept that prying eyes arise on the contents of the kitchen. It's up to you to know if you prefer to tidy everything up or take the mess.

Then, with an open room, ventilation will be necessary. Manufacturers have developed powerful hoods that allow good odor evacuation, but the investment is more important than a classic model. Finally, for those who dream of an island, symbol of the open kitchen, a warning is needed because it is not suitable for all situations. So, before replacing your furniture, make sure you have enough space: an island requires a room of at least 15 m2, and about a meter all around to circulate.

2. A closed kitchen, for tranquility

If the open kitchen is a trend in the background, we do not all want a space overlooking the living room to take our meals, let alone prepare them. This is why the closed kitchen is a good solution for a family or for those who do not want to expose this place to the eyes. If it is less prominent than the open version, it offers great possibilities of arrangement.

It allows the use of all walls, so a wider range of possibilities. But be careful, setting up a kitchen in a dedicated room does not mean covering all the furniture partitions. On the contrary! You have to let the space exist, creating breaths. So, avoid the tall furniture framing the windows, which will obscure the room; opt for shelves or open furniture, which will give a feeling of lightness while allowing to store utensils and objects of everyday life.

In practice, a closed kitchen often has less light than an open version. In this case, focus on the light-colored facades and multiply the lighting points: ambience for a global light, and approval for the work plan and preparation areas. There are many solutions today that do not require any connection. Another advantage of the closed kitchen: it confines the smells and requires only a good hood to control them. Finally, it helps to hide the mess created during the realization of the meal, a master asset for those who are angry with storage.

3. A small kitchen, for a small footprint

Install an extra kitchen, optimize a few square meters, enjoy a limited space or simply do not want to be burdened with a model too large volume ... The reasons that lead to choose a small kitchen are many. A trend that manufacturers seem to have understood well. In addition to the possibility of buying its "à la carte" items according to the available space, brands are adapting their offer and now offer specific furniture or even XS kitchens. And this, including in the high-end (SieMatic created "Urban Cube", a compact kitchen answering a problem of space and budget).

The choice of such a kitchen should not be at the expense of an essential element: storage. In addition to height furniture (columns), which can increase capacity, solutions exist. This is the case with Evolution 130, a range of furniture developed by Schmidt, 6 cm higher than the average. A trick that adds an extra drawer and enhances the work plan for more ergonomics. Others (Darty, Lapeyre) offer furniture of shallower depth than the classic 60 cm, thus allowing a better circulation. For a question of practicality, prefer furniture with drawers. Those said to English (a second drawer integrated into the main) double the storage capacity. Finally, home appliances are not left out, as manufacturers develop ranges (ovens, dishwashers) of small footprint, a width of only 45 cm or a height of 45 cm (built-in appliances).