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  • Best of Both Worlds: Combining the Open & Closed Kitchen

    The previous blog post discussed the ongoing debate of open versus closed kitchens. Many contemporary homeowners face a constant confusion of which style to include in their home. While the previous blog discusses the pros and cons of each type of kitchen, many homeowners still see advantages of both styles for their home! For this type of consumer there is a solution: combining both open and closed, having the access and ventilation that comes with an open kitchen and closing it off when necessary. There are actually a variety of ways to combine both styles, and it can really add to todays homes.

    Sliding Doors: One option is to incorporate sliding doors, where your kitchen can be opened or closed as you please. The sliding doors can be hidden into the wall when not in use and then they can be pulled out easily when required to close. This allows the kitchen to be open or closed. For example, for everyday use it can be open, and when you want visitors, kids, or even pets out, then the kitchen can be closed.

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    Glass Partition: Instead of a solid door, one can also consider a glass partition to separate the kitchen, yet still make it appear accessible to the rest of the house. Through the glass partition, one can ventilate the kitchen by letting natural light entire the area through other parts of the home, and also keep the sounds and smells within the  kitchen area. A glass partition emphasizes and highlights the modern kitchen design, and still keeps the users involved in the home activities while being in the kitchen.

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    Translucent Door: Another option going along the same line as a glass partition is a translucent door. The translucent door is perfect for those who wish to close off the kitchen but still want the open feeling and light. When the door is shut, it will be block out the cooking smells and appliance sounds without appearing that the kitchen is completely separate from the rest of the house.

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    Closing off the Most Action Area: Rather than closing off or having a partition for the entire kitchen, another option is to close off the part of the kitchen that has the most action, mainly the sink or cooking area. Typically, in these layouts the cooking area is closed off to keep the mess and smells in one place while the remainder of the kitchen is an open design. This way one can hide the mess, confine the smells, and muffle the noise without compromising on any household interactions.

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    Add a Half Wall: A half wall shows parts of the kitchen, yet creates that desired separation. It hides most of the working surfaces, ultimately hiding the mess, and it allows the user to mix and mingle with others outside the kitchen. The half wall area becomes an interaction point, without having any extra bodies within the kitchen space.

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    Raised Platform: Another way to get privacy is to raise the height of the end of the kitchen to keep the work area less visible. For example, if the kitchen has an island, add a raised platform to the outside edge of the island. That way, when the kitchen is being used, any onlooker can simply lean on the edge without stepping into the personal space.

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    Quieter Appliances: For those who prefer closed kitchens to reduce the noise in the house, they can consider investing in quieter appliances. There are a variety of noise-free appliances that can easily do the job without creating that undesirable ruckus.

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  • Open vs. Closed Kitchen-Which Style Works Best For You

    Everywhere we are seeing that open kitchens are all the rage in today's homes. Although the concept of an open kitchen is becoming increasingly popular, it does not mean that closed kitchens should be completely ignored. In fact, the process of deciding the best kitchen for your home should start with your lifestyle and preferences. Both types of kitchens come with their own sets of advantages and disadvantages, and each type is chosen to match the homeowners' practicality and lifestyle.  Discussed below are the pros and cons of both types of kitchens: open and closed. Use them to assess the right kitchen for your home.

    Open Kitchens: The open kitchen is integrated into remaining rooms of the home. Typically the kitchen is visible from the living room and the dining room. This kitchen design has fewer walls, and it is becoming more popular amongst nuclear families in Indian metropolises. In open kitchen homes, the kitchen is a very social and interactive space, where family members are spending time in the kitchen.

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    • Pros
      • Naturally Brighter and better ventilated
      • Kitchen user is able to be involved in other home conversations and     events while being in the kitchen
      • Open kitchens give an informal atmosphere to the home
      • Open kitchens  making the room or home look bigger
      • With the aromas of food, a family's appetite increases
      • It is perfect for younger families, where kids can be supervised and kitchen tasks can be conducted at the same time
      • Can add to the overall home decor


    • Cons
      • Can lead to guests wandering into the space
      • Hearing the sounds of appliances working (dishwasher, grinder, chimney, etc.)
      • Needs to be functional and aesthetic at the same time
      • Becomes a place to entertain


    Closed Kitchens: Closed kitchens are where the kitchen is a separate room or enclosure, almost isolated from the rest of the house. Usually these kitchens are behind a door, and it is an area of its own. The kitchen is a simple, functional space to get tasks done quickly. Closed kitchens are seen in many older and traditional style homes. However, many contemporary homes still go for the closed kitchen for its many benefits.

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    • Pros
      • Closed kitchens are perfect for those who prefer privacy while conducting tasks.
      • Closed kitchens are ideal to keep the noises, distractions, and interruptions within a confined space.
      • They are perfect for keeping any onlookers out of the space, and when guests are over any mess can be left within the kitchen.
      • With the increased number of walls, closed kitchens have more counter and storage space, and more room for placing appliances.
      • Closed kitchens keep all the aromas confined within a single space


    • Cons
      • The user will be unable to participate and other activities while conducting kitchen tasks.
      • Lesser access of natural light and air circulation


    Both styles of kitchens have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Today, both types an reflect the contemporary home's lifestyle and decor. However, both styles of kitchens can easily be combined. For that, stay tuned for the next blog!

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