House Extension North LondonContemporary Kitchen, London
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IntegratedIt’s possible to create a seamless transition between sink and worktop by going for an integrated basin made from the same material as your kitchen surface. The Corian worktop in this kitchen has been moulded to incorporate a simple square sink.Pros The seamless design of an integrated sink makes it super-easy to keep clean, as there are no joins where dirt can get trapped. It will also give your kitchen a slick, luxurious feel.Cons The work involved in creating an integrated sink makes it more expensive than some other designs. Also, as it’s attached, any damage to the sink might result in having to replace the whole worktop.
Zone using different types of lighting A large, open-plan kitchen/dining/living room can make a wonderful space, but each area requires a different lighting treatment. Make sure the ambient lighting is bright enough for food prep in the working areas of the kitchen, and zone the dining and relaxing spaces with more decorative fittings. The pendants over the island in this room define the kitchen space and also deliver shadow-free task light to the work surface. The decorative lights over the casual dining area, meanwhile, provide a softer glow for evening entertaining, while the wall-mounted lamps provide further ambient lighting.The key to zoning a space is to use sufficient circuits to control groups of lights independently. This space can be opened up or shrunk down, just by using light alone.
Include a casual seating area Once someone has flopped into a comfy sofa in your kitchen, they won’t be in a hurry to leave. Whether it’s in your main living space or part of an extra seating area, a sofa creates a welcoming feel and you don’t need a huge kitchen to fit one in. A sofa has been fitted into this compact space and, by placing it perpendicular to the peninsular unit, it subtly divides up the cooking, eating and chill-out zones.