Applying Open Kitchen Concept to Your Home

Open Kitchen next to Living RoomOpen concept kitchen today is regarded as an interesting concept. No wonder if there are a number of home owners who want to have this open kitchen. In essence, an open kitchen concept at a café or restaurant is a concept in which every activity done in the kitchen such as food processing, cooking, and serving a dish can be seen by the visitors. This concept is also intended to show the quality of materials, food processing, and chef skills that processes the menus for a restaurant or café’s visitors.

In a small country, open kitchen concept is somewhat unique because the majority of the society still considers that a kitchen that is open with all the activities inside it that are shown to guests is taboo. However, due to the advance of technology and the influence of modern lifestyle in urban areas, that presumption is gradually gone. Receiving guests in the kitchen while doing the cooking process is not a strange thing anymore. However, there are still few people who apply the concept of the open kitchen.

Weaknesses of an open kitchen
You need to know that this open kitchen has a number of disadvantages. One of them is that you, the home owner, must always keep the kitchen clean and tidy. The reason is because your kitchen will be seen by your guests. You certainly do not want your guests think negatively about the condition of your kitchen which is dirty and cluttered. This dirty and cluttered kitchen then will make your guests feel uncomfortable.

You can either let it completely open or use a glass divider
In terms of the layout and arrangement, an open kitchen is more appropriately placed next to public areas such as the living room or family room. You can choose whether you want to use a divider between the kitchen and the public area or not. If you want to use it, choose a glass divider so that your guests can still see your activity in the kitchen. Letting the kitchen completely open to other areas is also fine.

Another idea to make your open kitchen look more attractive is to apply the concept of a bar, like what is applied to cafes. With the bar in the kitchen area, your guests can sit there while waiting for you preparing dishes.

Clean kitchen and dirty Kitchen
If you are not confident in applying the open kitchen concept for your home, you can actually set up two types of kitchen; clean kitchen and dirty kitchen. The clean kitchen is then used as the open kitchen, while the dirty kitchen can be used for your daily cooking activities.

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