The common spaces of this eclectic home are visually and physically connected, so anyone standing at the kitchen island preparing supper can still be involved in conversation and activities taking place in the living room. This design creates a lovely, open space that is perfect for entertaining.
As featured on America's Most Desperate Kitchens, before John and Anthony redesigned this home, the spaces felt closed in and separate, but when the Kitchen Cousins revamped the home's common spaces, they took out half of the wall separating the kitchen from the dining room and living room. This connected all three spaces physically and visually.
The first floor called for a modern, open concept design with a clear line of sight from one space into the others. Even though all the spaces would be connected, designers wanted to make sure a clear delineation existed between rooms, so they used the few walls that exist in the space to create that visual separation. The kitchen is nestled in the opening of two walls, and while it can be seen from the dining and living areas, is clearly separate from them. The dining area is just in front of the kitchen, and the living room is off to the side of those spaces, physically connected, but visually separate.
Walls full of windows and retractable doors seamlessly connect the indoor and outdoor living areas. Matching the color palette of the furnishings inside and out also helps to unify the two spaces visually.
A coffee table with swiveling tops adds versatility and function in this modern living space built for entertaining. Glass tabletops visually open up the space and connect with the wall-length windows. A white leather sofa offers stylish seating.
The homeowners wanted raised beds where they could plant annuals, vegetables, herbs and succulents, so designers added a series of steel planters to meet their needs. Since the space is visually connected to home office, the homeowners can enjoy the lovely view of their home grown goodies while they work.
In an open concept layout, visual tricks like similar colors or materials can be used to tie separate spaces together. Here, a blue upholstered dining chair connects with the kitchen's blue cabinets and rug.
Glass walls disappear to connect interior rooms with the patio that stretches all along this home's outer edge. The ceiling's wood paneling visually joins the two spaces, making the difference between indoors and out even more seamless.
To warm up this neutral kitchen, designers added light wood floors running throughout the space. Not only do these wood floors help to provide warmth to the space, they also help the exposed beams in the ceiling to visually connect the kitchen and living room spaces.