Foreshore HouseBeach Style Kitchen, Sydney
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1. Location: Sydney, NSWDesigner: Vitale DesignFeatures: Caramel leather, mid-tone timber and coastal blues. A dreamy casual dining set-up.
Open and integrated planningAs the kitchen becomes ever more multi-functional and social, it will continue to be open and integrated with living and dining areas, rather than closed off as an independent room. Australian kitchens are already leading the world on this front, and it seems there is no looking back. The Verdict: 5 Smart-Home Ideas Worth Adopting
5. Use space wiselyDon’t want to waste a centimetre in your open-plan space? With some clever planning, you can maximise your room – even those areas that aren’t used so much. Here, the designers have continued a run of units to create bench seating in the corner. With the wide seats and plump cushions, the bench is a much better use of space than if they’d chosen a standard dining table and chairs.Browse more inspiring eat-in kitchens
1. Location: Mosman, NSWWhy we love it: Warm, natural materials, a cool, weathered colour palette and built-in banquette seating, piled high with cushions to encourage guests to linger long after the meal has finished… what’s not to love?
Creating banquette seating is another great use for kitchen cabinets in the dining area. Select low drawer cabinets that can double as a seat with storage. Place a foam cushion on top of the cabinets to create a comfortable and relaxed seating space for all the family. Tip: Again, use the same cabinet fronts as the kitchen or at least cabinets that complement the kitchen to tie the two areas together.No room for a dining area? Install a banquette!
This Sydney kitchen was among the most popular images added to ideabooks by users in 2016. Vitale Design built a comfy breakfast nook in the corner of this open-plan kitchen, creating a sociable setting for friends and family to linger.Browse more winning kitchen designs
Easy-on-the-eye grouping In open-plan spaces where other design details are the star, such as a kitchen island or dining table, group items of the same tone on open shelves so they make a pleasing display that fades into the background.Practical things to remember when planning a kitchen