The Pros And Cons Of Open Versus Closed Kitchens

There will always be persons that prefer an open kitchen as opposed to a closed one and vice versa and this is a matter of personal preference and lifestyle. They each have their pros and cons and you should consider and analyze them all carefully before you make a decision.

Open kitchens.

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Open kitchens are better for entertaining. They allow you to stay in contact with your guests and interact with them while you’re preparing a meal. This makes open kitchens particularly suitable for modern and contemporary homes.{found on planningpretty}.

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An open kitchen also benefits from better luminosity. In other words, there’s more natural light in the kitchen after you tear down some of the walls because the light also comes from the dining room or the living room which usually have large windows.{found on designplatformllc}.

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However, the cost of removing the walls and dealing with the electricity and everything else may not be worth it in some cases. A better investment would be to get new or better appliances or perhaps to get custom cabinets instead of standard ones.{found on renewaldesignbuild}.

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Other inconveniences are related to noise and smell. An open kitchen poses no barrier between the cooking area and the social space and, even with very effective ways to absorb the smell and smoke, some still gets through.

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Because there are no walls separating the kitchen from the rest of the open floor plan, noise travels through easily.

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Also, there’s very little privacy in the kitchen this way. So it would always have to be clean and organized unless you want your guests to see the mess and all the dirty dishes.

Closed kitchens

A closet kitchen is usually considered more formal than one with an open floor plan. However, this is neither a pro or a con. The most obvious advantage of having a closet kitchen is the fact that it offers more privacy so you can leave the dirty dishes on the counter one day if you don’t feel like cleaning up.

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However, a closed kitchen isolates the one cooking dinner, preventing that person from interacting with everyone else. So if entertaining guests is high on your priority list, consider an open kitchen instead.

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Apart from making it easier to contain and hide the mess, closed kitchens also contain smells and noise and these are the two biggest inconveniences people complain about.