An open-plan kitchen that connects with everyday life

01 October 2015

‘I love this place,’ says architecture student Marloes. ‘I wanted it to be calm, sociable and welcoming – and it is!’ Not easy to achieve in a small flat, but by using an open-wardrobe system as a room divider and home office, Marloes keeps the kitchen connected to her living area to create a multifunctional space. ‘Yes it’s small, but it’s just the way we want it!’

A stylish and functional open-plan kitchen and office A stylish and functional open-plan kitchen and office A stylish and functional open-plan kitchen and office A stylish and functional open-plan kitchen and office A stylish and functional open-plan kitchen and office A stylish and functional open-plan kitchen and office A stylish and functional open-plan kitchen and office A stylish and functional open-plan kitchen and office A stylish and functional open-plan kitchen and office A stylish and functional open-plan kitchen and office A stylish and functional open-plan kitchen and office A stylish and functional open-plan kitchen and office
Marloes’s open-plan kitchen enjoys lots of natural light Marloes’s open-plan kitchen enjoys lots of natural light Marloes’s open-plan kitchen enjoys lots of natural light Marloes’s open-plan kitchen enjoys lots of natural light Marloes’s open-plan kitchen enjoys lots of natural light Marloes’s open-plan kitchen enjoys lots of natural light Marloes’s open-plan kitchen enjoys lots of natural light Marloes’s open-plan kitchen enjoys lots of natural light Marloes’s open-plan kitchen enjoys lots of natural light Marloes’s open-plan kitchen enjoys lots of natural light Marloes’s open-plan kitchen enjoys lots of natural light Marloes’s open-plan kitchen enjoys lots of natural light

More than just a kitchen

‘My kitchen is the place where I do most things, from preparing food to building architectural models and ballet practice! We were going to separate the kitchen and living room with a wall, but because we kept it all open plan, there’s lots of natural light. The kitchen table doubles as my model-building workstation – it’s very detailed work so I need the light. The table started life as my boyfriend Dean’s desk. When we needed a bigger table, we repurposed it by adding a wooden IKEA table top to the desk legs. We’ve recently updated it again, this time swapping the old legs for a KARPALUND underframe. It’s a better fit.’

Marloes’s multifunctional kitchen table doubles as a workspace Marloes’s multifunctional kitchen table doubles as a workspace Marloes’s multifunctional kitchen table doubles as a workspace Marloes’s multifunctional kitchen table doubles as a workspace Marloes’s multifunctional kitchen table doubles as a workspace Marloes’s multifunctional kitchen table doubles as a workspace Marloes’s multifunctional kitchen table doubles as a workspace Marloes’s multifunctional kitchen table doubles as a workspace Marloes’s multifunctional kitchen table doubles as a workspace Marloes’s multifunctional kitchen table doubles as a workspace Marloes’s multifunctional kitchen table doubles as a workspace Marloes’s multifunctional kitchen table doubles as a workspace

’The kitchen is the hub of our home and I spend most of my time in there – doing just about everything!’

Marloes even uses her open-plan kitchen to practise ballet Marloes even uses her open-plan kitchen to practise ballet Marloes even uses her open-plan kitchen to practise ballet Marloes even uses her open-plan kitchen to practise ballet Marloes even uses her open-plan kitchen to practise ballet Marloes even uses her open-plan kitchen to practise ballet Marloes even uses her open-plan kitchen to practise ballet Marloes even uses her open-plan kitchen to practise ballet Marloes even uses her open-plan kitchen to practise ballet Marloes even uses her open-plan kitchen to practise ballet Marloes even uses her open-plan kitchen to practise ballet Marloes even uses her open-plan kitchen to practise ballet

Make the most of your space

‘I like to be able to free up floor space quickly. Having separate containers for all of my recycling means I can easily move them out of the way. I love hip-hop and ballet so I like to think that being organised with my shelves gives me more floor space to practise my dance moves. Yes, my kitchen can be a dance studio too!’

‘I want a home where I can totally relax on my own, but where friends can feel comfortable and at home too’

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A room to socialise and re-energise

It’s fun and relaxing to eat with friends, so it’s worth investing in a couple of nesting tables for a few extra guests... ‘When we have people round, we like to keep things informal by sitting on the sofas to eat. We all take turns to cook for each other, which is great because it actually saves us money on food.’ And when everyone’s gone home? ‘I love to relax in my special reading corner next to the window, surrounded by cushions and throws.’

A cosy reading corner in Marloes’s open-plan apartment A cosy reading corner in Marloes’s open-plan apartment A cosy reading corner in Marloes’s open-plan apartment A cosy reading corner in Marloes’s open-plan apartment A cosy reading corner in Marloes’s open-plan apartment A cosy reading corner in Marloes’s open-plan apartment A cosy reading corner in Marloes’s open-plan apartment A cosy reading corner in Marloes’s open-plan apartment A cosy reading corner in Marloes’s open-plan apartment A cosy reading corner in Marloes’s open-plan apartment A cosy reading corner in Marloes’s open-plan apartment A cosy reading corner in Marloes’s open-plan apartment

‘The living room is strictly a work-free zone: all leisure books face my reading corner, while work books have to face into my work space in the kitchen’

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An apartment that feels like a house

Marloes’s apartment measures just 45m2 but having two separate floors and its own entrance makes it feel much more like a house. The bedroom and bathroom are on the ground floor. See Marloes’s bedroom here [link to MARLOES_smallbedroom]. Upstairs, the living room is on a lower level to the kitchen but the two are connected by a few steps. The upstairs is totally open plan to maximise the feeling of space and light and to allow the rooms to work together and apart.