The open-concept floor plan is a sought-after design in today’s homes; it’s beautiful, practical and makes a home look spacious! This shift in tastes means that many homeowners are converting previously formal, closed-concept homes by removing unnecessary walls and redefining their kitchen and living room spaces.  If you are hopping on this train but aren’t sure where to start, explore these 3 kitchen design tips.

3 Tips for converting to an open concept kitchen design.

Create a Cook’s View to the Living Space

In closed-concept homes, the cook – the person pouring their heart and soul into the social event – is often locked away in the kitchen while their guests socialize with one another in the living area. If you’re remodeling your home, you get to make the rules. I usually recommend facing the cooktop towards the living area. This way, the cook can enjoy their task while socializing all at the same time. One great way to do this is by designing the cooktop into a kitchen island or a peninsula.

Dura Supreme kitchen design by The Cabinet Center, California.

This modern kitchen reno uses a beach-inspired color palette with warm sandy tan paints, beige colors, and sea green painted accent cabinets. Cabinetry by Dura Supreme Cabinetry.
A modern kitchen design with glossy and contemporary cabinets the look similar to stainless steel and white high gloss acrylic cabinets.

Incorporate a Kitchen Island

A kitchen island is a feature many homeowners desire for many good reasons – they make a dramatic visual impact, they’re highly functional, and give more space to cook and live, and, of course – storage, storage, storage! Your current kitchen might not be able to accommodate a kitchen island, but once those restrictive walls are gone you may discover a new opportunity for one. When designing your new open-concept kitchen, talk to a designer to discover if an island is a possibility, and then get excited to pick out beautiful new cabinetry to create a highly functional, social and beautiful space.

Dura Supreme kitchen design by Chris Chidester of The Cabinet Center, California. Photo by John Welsh.

Dura Supreme kitchen design by Chris Chidester of The Cabinet Center, California. Photo by Patrik Argast.

Gray stained cabinets with beautiful Hickory wood grain in a newly remodeled kitchen with a peninsula with countertop high seating for two.

Rustic Hickory cabinets by Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

Expand Up with Cabinetry

With a remodel, you’ll have the ability to get creative with your current use of space and storage without fear of clutter. In closed spaces, filling every inch on every wall is a great way to feel claustrophobic. With an unconfined space you can get bold with the use of your walls. Consider picking an accent wall in your kitchen to take advantage of the vertical space and add open shelving or even expanding your cabinetry to the ceiling to gain additional storage. By transforming your kitchen into an open floor plan, the cooking and living space can potentially handle big design ideas that define your unique personal style.

A modern textured kitchen design with a shiplap detail wrapping the kitchen island.

No matter what your vision is for your new open-concept home, with the right inspiration and professional team to make it happen, you can feel confident you’ll love your new kitchen.

Brad McCarthy is a kitchen & bath designer for The cabinet Center in California and a guest blog author for Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

Brad McCarthy has been a part of kitchen and bath cabinetry design since 2002. Before working in this industry, Brad worked as an airline mechanic. Working as an airline mechanic helped develop his eye for detail in the work he does today. Additionally, he also had experience in construction that assisted in his transition into cabinet design.

An already established entrepreneur, Brad began business operating under The Cabinet Center in a 300 ft studio. Today he has grown his business to operating in two locations (San Ramon and San Carlos California), and is one of the largest Dura Supreme retailers on the West Coast – winning him a Dura Supreme “Pinnacle” sales award.

Brad is also a part of the National Kitchen & Bath Association, and has been featured in Signature Kitchen & Baths as a top designer. His business, The Cabinet Center, is diamond certified and has also been featured on Best of Houzz multiple times.

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