If one takes a closer look at the historical evolution of kitchens, the most notable development is the circulation of purpose and the place of the kitchen premise in the house arrangement. From strictly functional space, usually staked on the back of the home or underneath all the other rooms on the underground level (if it is a big house or an old mansion) the kitchens become an attractive premise located at the heart of the house composition. Thanks to technological advances and clever architectural solutions for ventilation and space distribution nowadays the kitchens become a central piece of the design arrangement around which the daily lives revolve. The open concept of the living zones in modern architecture and design places the modern kitchen into the center of the decor composition.
For centuries the kitchen was strictly a work space. Often tucked in the back of the house, it had room for just the bare essentials. But a peek at many new kitchens today reveals a very different approach: the open concept kitchen at the heart of the home. Now people want the kitchen to be an active part of the family home, and open concept kitchens are by far the more popular choice today.
Perfect for casual family living or easy entertaining, these bright, airy, stylish spaces are multifunctional and fun. But for an open layout that’s both inviting and efficient, it helps to understand the art and science behind top designers’ choices. Here, 40 pros share their best strategies for heart of the home cooking and living centers.