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10. Barely there. London, UKDesigner: Jo Cowen Architects
A new kitchen is a major investment, and not something you you want to have to do over because the first design wasn’t quite right. Here’s how a little investment – which may mean not choosing the cheapest options – can help keep your kitchen up to date and looking great in years to come.
Work in linesAdd a sculptural element to a modern kitchen with a linear design. Here, the black frames of the stools echo the lines on the window panels and dining room chairs. And it would be easy to pop on a cushion to add a little colour to the scheme.
1. Cordon off the cooking areaA glass partition is a natural solution when a separation of cooking and relaxing spaces is essential. Here, it’s a framed glass version from above counter height to the apex of the striking sloping roof.Dividing this way will mean that the TV volume doesn’t have to be cranked up to cover up the sounds of cooker hood fan, dishwasher and running water when the space is being used for multiple activities, but the whole effect is still open. Notice how the cabinetry, partition framing and sofa are linked through colour, while the floor finish is continuous throughout for a pulled-together effect.Have your kitchen open or close