We have selected ten different ideas on how to create a small Open plan Kitchen by combing the living room and kitchen together.
A home with multi-functional spaces such as the Open plan kitchen – living room combo is one of the best feature an apartment can have. Instead of having a kitchen that is isolated from the home’s social areas, open plan kitchens combined with dining and lounging areas are practical and draw people together. When executed well, this area functions as the heart of the house.
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Making the public rooms – living room, kitchen, dining room – into one big space is a great idea for small apartments. An open plan kitchen makes the living spaces feel much larger without the unnecessary walls.
Small Kitchen Island
A kitchen island adds work space, storage, and seating to the kitchen. It is a perfect solution for apartments with limited space.
We love how the ‘door’ remained and all other walls were knocked down creating a spacious and bright area and check-out those stylish nickel pendant lamps!
Dining Table with Bar Stools
In small apartments the last thing you have a space for is a big dining table. However more than likely you will want to have guests over for dinner every now and then. How about a dining table that separates the small space into kitchen and living room? Built on the same space as a wall that has been knocked down, this is a fantastic space-saving idea.
Totally Open Concept
If you want to create a spacious living area forget about the concept for compartmentalized living. This apartment here uses an open concept, placing the living room and kitchen very close to each other. It might not work for everyone but the ones who prefer eating out this will work perfectly.
Open Concept with Dining Table
This is another example for a completely open plan kitchen-living room concept without any wall or a kitchen island dividing the the two rooms. If you think that a dining table would look weird right in the middle of an open space, look at this solution. The key is the design. Find the matching table and the chairs that fit into your home most.
IKEA Hack Kitchen Island
If your budget is low, don’t worry. Here is a DIY solution that can be done in a few days and in less than 100$. Buy the BEKVÄM Kitchen cart from IKEA and turn it into a beautiful rustic cart with marble top (contact paper). It will give you more space for preparation and storage in your kitchen plus it will slightly separate the rooms.
Cool and Modern
This ‘L’ shaped dining table attached to the kitchen furniture separates the living room from the kitchen. It can function also an extra preparation area during cooking, a working space or a dining area. This highly versatile piece the best option for kitchens with limited space. The light colors like here whites make the space look larger.
Brick Kitchen Island
This gorgeous red brick kitchen island can function as a dining table and as an extra preparation surface. Brick gives a rustic feel to the home and combined with the metal bar stools brings an elegant, minimalist atmosphere to this home. The best part is that you can actually chat with your guest while adding the last touches to the meal.
Small Space, Large Island
Usually small spaces don’t look great if we add large pieces to it. In this case it is a little bit different. This full size kitchen island placed in a small apartment serves as anchor to the home. You can add large pieces but make sure to keep everything else minimal. Otherwise the space can look crowded and full.
Breakfast Bar Dining Table Combo
This one is similar to our second example. However here the dining table is not supported from below by a ‘wall’. The designer left the below part completely open thus creating a bright and spacious feel. The gorgeous white kitchen blends perfectly with the white higher table and the 4 bar stools placed around it.
DIY Kitchen Island
Since kitchen islands can be quite expensive, here is another idea how to build your own. A sofa table brought to counter level with an added wooden countertop looks just as nice as the store bought one. Placed on a beautiful persian carpet it separates the two rooms kitchen and living room perfectly.