By now, most homeowners would have heard of HDB’s decision for all new HDB BTO units to be built with open-concept kitchens. Now this move was made in response to more home buyers requesting to have the kitchen integrated into the living area, and why not, because an open kitchen not only makes the living room feel spacious and welcoming, it also creates a multi-functional space for your family to work and play in. Here are 6 ways you can enhance the look of your open-concept kitchen and transform it into a cool place to hangout and dine in.
The best part is, you can find all these solutions in one convenient location. A one-stop shop for all your home renovation and furnishing needs, IMM houses a variety of furniture shops and interior design firms to help you with your home renovation. Browse and visit design studios easily as they’re all located on the 3rd floor of the mall, including Outlook (#03-02B), G’Plan (#03-28), Space n Living (#03-28A), A Win Design (#03-28C), Artis (#03-28E), Spacious Planners (#03-31), Edgeline Planners (#03-32) and many more.
1) Build a unique island that serves as a dining space
Aside from breaking down the walls in a bid to create a more spacious kitchen, designers at Posh Living (#03-28B) extended the space by incorporating an island that doubles as a gathering and dining area in the home. This way, you can save on having to craft out another dining area in your home, especially if you have limited floor area to work with.
2) Opt for quartz countertops
Aside from spatial planning, ensure the kitchen is easy to maintain too. Choose quartz for your countertop as they are durable, non-porous, stain- and crack-resistant. They also come in a variety of colours and styles including stone-look finish in the design of this luxurious open-concept kitchen by U-Home Interior Design (#03-02A).
3) Don’t forget about your choice of lights
The team at U-Home Interior Design also accentuated the ceiling design by outlining the kitchen perimeters with wood-look finishes in this Scandinavian-inspired apartment. This simple strategy helps to not only highlight, but also frames the space in the home.
4) Create a focal point
Another way you can anchor the kitchen island space is by choosing a large, iconic pendant lamp to illuminate the area and create a focal point, such as in this chic white-and-wood-hued home by Ultimate Design Station (#03-28D).
5) Jazz up the walls
Prefer more colours in your home to add a cheerful vibe? Take inspiration from this café-style kitchen done by the team at Weiken.com (#03-28F). With splashes of pastel shades in pink, purple, yellow, orange and green, it adds some fun to the home environment.
6) Choose the right appliances
Of course, when it comes to the design of the kitchen, furnishing it right is also important since you’d want a space that meets both aesthetic and functional needs. This way, you can whip up delicious meals for your family and friends conveniently! Song Cho’s (#03-09) SC-S2 cooker hood (pictured) comes with active carbon that keeps your kitchen fresh and free of odour. The active carbon, which is placed externally for easy replacement, is good for use for up to 150 hours. With an intelligent sensor control panel, it is also sleek and quiet during operation. Pop by stores like Hoe Kee (#03-08), Sim Siang Choon (#03-10), Grohe (#03-11) and Asia Excel (#03-12) for all your kitchenware and accessories to ensure the heart of your home is well equipped with everything you need!
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