A wooden scroll with inscribed sentiment hanging on a thick burlap string is a focal point in this designer’s dream room. Two candlestick lamps in contrasting colors on an unfinished bread table completes the sleek sophisticated look, along with a rustic grocery store scale cloaked in greenery, a metal crate holding gourds and sprigs of fresh herbs.

While a modern aesthetic will almost always compliment open concept kitchen designs, that doesn’t mean it’s your only option. Take a look at your current kitchen and dining room, and make note of what you like about them, design-wise. Is there a certain lighting fixture you absolutely love? A few antique pieces that add extra character? Choose to build around these elements in your new open concept space.
DO pay special attention to the transition zone. Once the kitchen is opened up, you can customize the opening depending on how you wish to treat the transition from the kitchen to the adjoining space. For example, if you remove a wall to connect the kitchen with another room, part of the newly enlarged space can be dedicated to food preparation and part to eating, socializing, reading, or watching TV – that’s the beauty of an open concept kitchen.
For a similar reason, opening up a kitchen to a dining room is also a great option for homeowners who enjoy entertaining. From dinners to parties to informal gatherings with friends, open concept kitchen/dining rooms lend themselves especially well to conversation. There are no awkward walls and doorways to block the view of other party goers, and the open concept facilitates easier traffic patterns with large groups as well. Not to mention, many open concept kitchen remodels include islands or bar-style countertops, which are great for appetizers and buffet-style dining.
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