First offered under the Optional Component Scheme in 2012 (to a whopping 70% take-up rate), open kitchens will soon be the norm for BTO homeowners.
Even so, majority of kitchens in existing homes are still closed-off spaces. Sitting on the fence about whether an open kitchen is for you? We have 7 good reasons why you should just go ahead.
1. Open Kitchens Maximise Space
Interior Designer: Form & Space
It’s a common misconception that large homes aren’t in need of space maximisation, but they have their own set of challenges – too little in a big, open space will make it look and feel spartan.
If you’re blessed with a big kitchen area, getting an open kitchen is one way of tapping your home’s full potential; consider incorporating a long central island for a highly-functional cooking zone that flows well from one end to the other.
2. You’ll Have A More Comfortable Cookout
Interior Designer: The Design Abode
Any experienced home chef will tell you that a bright, well-ventilated space is optimal for cooking, instead of cramped space, filled with oily fumes and intense heat!
If you’re worried about the ensuing clean up, an efficient hood and a see-through glass pane at the right spot would put your mind at ease.
3. Open Kitchens Work In Small Homes Too
Interior Designer: Habit
In this compact two-room suite –which has its kitchen adjoining the sleeping area and front entrance – closing it off means splitting up a home that is already short on space! On top of that, with a kitchen that small, you may end up feeling pretty claustrophobic. The solution? An open kitchen.
4. They Encourage You To Keep Your Kitchen Neat
If you’re generally a messy person, having an open kitchen may sound like a nightmare, with everything in plain sight. But that may just encourage you to be a tidier person. Consider it a positive ‘trade-off’ for having a more open and welcoming abode!
5. They Are Much More Convenient
Interior Designer: Etherall
Even if you aren’t the type who entertains often, an open kitchen is a good thing to have because of the convenience it offers. The lack of barriers means you don’t need to take a detour just to pass utensils or food from the kitchen to the dining area, or vice versa.
6. You’ll Get More Flexibility In Your Layout
Interior Designer: Ciseern
Open spaces are definitely more flexible than closed-off areas when it comes to spatial planning. The absence of dividers means endless possibilities and configurations.
In this modest two-room apartment suite, an open floor plan facilitates unimpeded movement and an unbroken line of sight in not just the kitchen, but also the dining and living areas, making the home appear larger and more open than it actually is.
7. Your Kitchen Doesn’t Have To Be Completely Exposed
Interior Designer: Fifth Avenue Interior
It’s perfectly understandable that not every homeowner needs or wants an open concept kitchen over a closed one. But how about a combination of both? This sleek, semi-open kitchen comes with a wide, open entrance and a half-exposed island for the best of both worlds!
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