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25 drool-worthy open plan kitchen ideas

Open plan is all the rage right now. If you’re looking to jump on the bandwagon, these open plan kitchen ideas are sure to have you salivating.

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Open plan living is all about combining spaces that would once have been separate. Technically, you could combine any odd combination of rooms (living room and utility room, anybody?!). But in reality, it almost always involves open plan kitchen ideas of some sort.

Whether it’s an open plan kitchen diner, kitchen living room or – the holy grail of open plan living – the kitchen diner lounge, there’s no shortage of inspiration to drool over online and in magazines.

To add some fuel to the fire, here’s our selection of open plan kitchen ideas that’ll have you ripping out your boring old kitchen immediately.

1. Modern farmhouse open plan kitchen diner

Open plan kitchen

This light and airy kitchen diner is jampacked with raw materials – from the different tones of wood to the iron pendant light and window frames. This gives it a warm and inviting feel that just screams ‘home.’ We also love how the homeowner has managed to pack in two seating areas, so the inhabitants can flit from the bar stools to the dining table whenever it takes their fancy!

Want to achieve a similar effect for your open plan kitchen? Check out these ideas for your open plan dining room and peruse our kitchen lighting ideas. Or, if you’re ready and raring to get started, read our open plan living cost guide to learn more.

2. Indoor garden open plan kitchen

Open plan kitchen

When it comes to interior design ideas, bringing the outside in is always top of the list. This open plan kitchen feels like a courtyard in the heart of the home. The white walls and countertop serve to bounce natural light around and let the mature houseplants take centrestage.

If you’d like to make your open plan kitchen into a green oasis, you’ll love our indoor garden ideas. Or, why not go a step further and create a living wall? Our guide to living wall costs will help you get started.

3. Small open plan kitchen ideas

open plan kitchen ideas

Just because you have a small kitchen, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy open plan living. Here, the homeowner has installed bench seating in order to be able to fit in a dining table as well as a small island. By painting the room white, they’ve also helped to give the illusion of space – making the room feel bigger than it is.

Careful planning is key to creating a successful kitchen diner when space is limited. Find out how to design a kitchen. Then, brush up on nifty kitchen storage ideas and get inspired by these kitchen colour ideas to start making your vision a reality.

4. Zoned open plan kitchen designs

open plan kitchen designs

Sometimes, one big open plan living space can feel overwhelming. That’s why we love this clever kitchen diner design. The homeowner has installed a glass partition wall and door so that the cooking and dining areas can be made separate while still sharing the same space.

Like this idea? Then take a look at more tips and tricks for how to divide a room, or browse some more open plan living ideas for inspiration.

5. Calm open plan kitchen lounge

open plan kitchen lounge

This picture-perfect open plan kitchen lounge is a calm and inviting haven. Perhaps it’s because of those gorgeous hues of pink, green and beige. Or, perhaps it’s the beautiful texture of that marble island and parquet flooring.

To achieve a calming look in your own open plan kitchen, learn how to create a moodboard and how to choose the perfect paint colours. If you don’t have the budget for a whole new kitchen, painting your kitchen cabinets is a cheap kitchen makeover idea that can make a big impact.

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6. Efficient open plan kitchen living dining

open plan kitchen living dining

We’re impressed by the efficiency of this kitchen living dining space. In one square room, the homeowner has managed to fit an island, a dining table and a full living room setup – including a fireplace and TV! It’s a great example of how layout (rather than space) is everything.

Check out our dedicated guide for help planning your open plan kitchen living room. If you’re not confident planning the intricacies of this important room yourself, a kitchen designer or interior designer will be able to help. That way, you can be sure to avoid these common kitchen remodel regrets!

7. Intimate open plan kitchen diner lounge

open plan kitchen diner lounge

This open plan kitchen diner lounge is ideal if you want to connect your spaces without opening them up completely. The homeowner has knocked through from the living room to the dining area, making the spaces feel more sociable and letting in more light. However, with the cooking area out of sight, the lounge still feels cosy and intimate.

Knocking through to the dining area as opposed to the kitchen itself can help you reduce the cost of removing a load-bearing wall, as there shouldn’t be as much pipework, plumbing and electrics to reroute. If you need to embark on demolition work to get your open plan kitchen off the ground, learn how to tell if a wall is load-bearing and then how to remove a load-bearing wall if it is. Just make sure to get the advice of a structural engineer before you start knocking things down!

8. Open plan kitchen conservatory

open plan kitchen conservatory

Building a conservatory – or knocking through to an existing one – is a great way to extend your home so that you can create the open plan kitchen of your dreams. Not only is a conservatory extension significantly cheaper than other ways of extending, but they let in heaps of natural light too. Thanks to the addition of a conservatory, this kitchen is a much bigger, lighter and more sociable space.

If you already have one, modernising and refurbishing your conservatory can give it a new lease of life. Or, if you’re thinking of investing in one, discover how long it takes to build a conservatory, and how much value a conservatory can add. If you’re feeling particularly swanky, you could even check out the cost of a full-on glass extension instead!

9. Colourful open plan kitchen living room

colourful open plan kitchen living room

With just one small room to serve as a living, dining and cooking space, you might expect this apartment to feel cramped. However, the homeowner has turned the kitchen area into a colourful backdrop, providing depth and interest in a similar way to an accent wall. With aesthetic blue kitchen units, an eye-catching red Smeg fridge and industrial shelves for storage, it’s both stylish and practical.

If you’ve got a similar challenge, have a look at our small kitchen ideas on a budget. In particular, our shelving ideas and cupboard storage ideas will help you to maximise your space at home.

10. Big open plan kitchen extension ideas

big open plan kitchen extension ideas

At the other end of the spectrum, if a big kitchen dining living space has always been at the top of your wishlist, why not plan a kitchen extension? This extension has almost doubled the kitchen’s footprint. Bifold doors let in plenty of light, while a dark strip across the wooden flooring serves to differentiate the living area from the rest of the kitchen space.

If you’re considering building an extension, check out our kitchen diner extension cost guide, as well as our inspiring kitchen extension ideas. But first, don’t forget to check how much value an extension adds to a house.

11. Open plan kitchen living space

orangery open plan kitchen living space

Here’s another example of a kitchen dining living room where there’s no shortage of space. This kitchen extension features a flat roof with a single glass lantern in the centre – just like an orangery. Look at the gorgeous pool of light that it throws onto the floor!

Whatever style of extension you choose to build, installing skylights can help to ensure that your new living space is bright and inviting. Take a peek at our house extension ideas, and then choose a builder for your extension who can make your dreams a reality.

12. Exposed brick in open plan kitchens

Open plan kitchen and living space

The focal point of this open plan kitchen is the beautiful exposed brick wall. Together with the exposed steel joist and metal post, it gives the room an undeniable industrial style, which has been softened with wooden furniture. We also love how the homeowner has opted for a freestanding island for a more organic look with all the same practicality.

If you’d like to achieve a similar look, find out how to expose a brick wall, or discover the cost to expose a brick wall when carried out by a professional. Don’t forget that, depending on its condition, you may also have to repair cracks in your brick wall and fork out on repointing costs. Alternatively, if you like this feature wall idea but want to avoid messy building work, installing brick slips might be more up your street!

13. Open plan galley kitchen

Open plan galley kitchen

A galley kitchen isn’t what would typically spring to mind when you hear the words ‘open plan’ – but you’ve got to work with what you’ve got, and this kitchen is proof that the two aren’t incompatible. The doors separating the kitchen from the staircase and boot room beyond have been removed. In this way, the kitchen has a beautiful flow through to the rest of the house, including straight out to the garden.

If you’re also looking to improve your existing kitchen and turn it into your dream space, our kitchen renovation planning guide will be your best friend. Just don’t forget to factor in the typical kitchen renovation costs. Our guide to budgeting for a home renovation can help.

14. Open plan kitchen hallway

open plan kitchen hallway

This is another example of how ‘open plan’ can cover more things than just a kitchen dining living space. Here, the kitchen flows straight through to the hallway and front door. This makes it feel much bigger and grander, and really turns the kitchen into the focal point of the home.

Notice how the kitchen floor has been extended through to the hallway to make the two areas feel like the same space. The homeowner has also united them by using the same colour pallet in both.

A painter and decorator near you will be able to help you achieve a similar look – learn about the typical painter and decorator prices before you get started.

15. Oak-framed kitchen diner extension

oak-framed kitchen extension

If you’re looking for something a bit different from your standard box-like kitchen diner extension, you’ll love this one. The homeowner has opted for an oak-framed extension, leaving the beautiful oak beams on show to give this open plan living space heaps of character.

Tempted to follow suit? Our timber frame extension cost guide can help you make a decision. Or, why not get a similar look by planning a vaulted ceiling? Vaulted ceiling costs are a fraction of the cost of an oak-framed extension, but you’ll still get to enjoy added height and character.

16. Open plan kitchen diner design

Open plan kitchen diner design

If your kitchen diner is long and narrow, why not run with it? Here, a slick kitchen island drops in height to seamlessly become an eight-seater dining table. In this way, the homeowner has made the most of a long and narrow space while making it seem like a choice, rather than a necessity!

Want your own kitchen island to be proud of? Check out the different layouts to choose from in our guide to making a kitchen island, or lust over our dreamy kitchen island ideas. Just remember that a kitchen island or peninsula won’t be suitable for every space.

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17. Family open plan kitchen lounge

Family open plan kitchen lounge

This kitchen lounge is fun and packed with everything you need – there’s a lounge area, an island, a dining table and even a breakfast bar! We love how the dark units contrast with bright pops of colour across the space. And who wouldn’t want to flop onto that comfy bench seat?!

If you’re as obsessed with that spacious window seat as we are, learn how to build a window seat or save yourself the work and find out how much a window seat costs when built by a professional. Our reupholstery cost guide is likely to come in handy too.

18. Space saving open plan kitchen

space saving open plan kitchen

We love everything about this kitchen diner, from the pale green cabinets to the charcoal grey island and, of course, that stunning lighting design. But the thing that arguably stands out the most is its space-saving credentials. Look how the sliding door to the kitchen doubles up as a door to the china cabinet – and check out all that cupboard space!

Want to replicate the look at home? You’ll love our barn door ideas and would probably do well to have a glance at our internal door cost guide. Check out our functional and stylish home redesign tips too, to become a pro at making the most of every inch of space.

19. Minimalist open-plan kitchen ideas

Minimalist open-plan kitchen ideas

If minimalism is more your jam, you can’t help but fall for this Japandi-style kitchen. Its no-frills approach puts understated, quality design centrestage. We particularly love the natural wood and black colour scheme, and those floor-to-ceiling handleless cupboards.

Have a peek at our guide to bespoke kitchen costs if you dare. And of course, if you’re lusting after those sleek cupboards, check out the average carpenter prices to see if something similar could be in your future!

20. Traditional open plan kitchen ideas

Traditional open plan kitchen diner

Many of the kitchen diners we’ve covered here so far have been slick and modern. But there’s no reason why a spacious, open plan kitchen diner couldn’t be more traditional (and no less slick!). The kitchen diner in this property boasts classic shaker doors and crown molding – but it also has a fantastic flow through to the rest of the house.

If you like a traditional look – and your baking – we bet you’ll like our guide to the cost of a Bake Off-inspired kitchen. Plus, brush up on how to fit coving or how to repair Victorian coving if you want to embrace period character in your home.

21. Open plan kitchen diner lounge on a budget

Open plan kitchen diner lounge on a budget

Strapped for cash? You still deserve a beautiful and functional open plan kitchen diner lounge if that’s what you want! Here, the homeowner has paired budget kitchen cabinets and furniture with an eye-catching wallpaper feature wall and luxury vinyl flooring (LTV) to give it a more designed look.

Wallpaper feature walls made it onto our selection of home trends for the future, so make sure to check out our trending wallpaper ideas to get inspired. And if you’re planning a kitchen revamp on a shoestring budget, you’ll love these affordable kitchen ideas.

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22. Modern open plan kitchen extension

Modern open plan kitchen extension

If you’re a fan of Grand Designs, this open plan kitchen extension is sure to be up your street. Impressive in scale, the dining area sits beneath a striking staircase and double-height ceiling. Meanwhile, the futuristic kitchen is zoned from the rest of the space with a rug-like polished concrete floor.

Of course, to achieve anything like this open plan kitchen extension, you’ll need a fantastic architect – take a look at typical architect fees as a starting point. If, on the other hand, you’re planning a Grand Designs-style project that involves building and designing a house from scratch, our guide on how to save money when building a house has got you covered.

23. High-end open plan kitchen dining living room

high-end kitchen diner

This high-end kitchen just screams luxury – from the island sink to the wood vein marble worktop, the double-height ceiling to the exposed stone chimney breast. Even the couch looks custom-made!

If you’re after a high-end kitchen like this one, you can expect your kitchen fitting costs to multiply. But it may well be worth it to have a kitchen dining living room that’s this special. Read our high-end kitchen cost guide to get an idea of ballpark prices.

24. Open plan kitchen living dining in a period property

Open plan kitchen living dining in a period property

If you’re refurbishing a house – particularly an older one – you’ll have existing quirks and features you’ll need to work around. We’re big fans of how the homeowner here has opened up this kitchen diner. They might have been tempted to remove the fireplace that sits right in the middle of the space, but instead, they’ve made it a striking feature.

Want to do the same? Take a look at our guide to the cost of opening up a fireplace and learn how to tackle fireplace restoration to bring life back to a forgotten feature. Then, remember to hire a chimney specialist to keep your new pride and joy in good working order!

25. White kitchen lounge design

White kitchen lounge design

Last but not least, this open plan kitchen lounge is giving us coastal cowgirl vibes. The homeowner has opted for a completely white interior – from the kitchen cabinets to the countertop, the armchairs to the ceiling panelling. The natural wood accents and rich textures soften the look to make it a calm and relaxing haven.

White is the most reflective paint colour, making it a fantastic way to increase natural light in your kitchen. Find more inspiration for your own luxurious open plan kitchen in our selection of quiet luxury design trend ideas.

Key takeaways

  • You don’t need to have a big kitchen to enjoy open plan living.
  • Consider how you can zone areas to make them feel different, or tie them together to make them feel like one.
  • Embrace nooks and corners to bring intimacy to an open plan kitchen.
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