The integration of the kitchen into a common area -shared, in general, with the dining room and the living room-, inevitably implies a reform that affects various aspects: elimination of the walls that previously delimited the kitchen, in order to achieve an open-plan space; plumbing adapted to the places where the sink, the dishwasher, the washing machine and any other element needed for its operation will be installed; water outlets, drainpipes or drains; electricity in accordance with the electrical appliances, plugs and points of light throughout the shared space; and, finally, coverings that unify the rooms.
The founder of the Interior Architecture and Design Studio, Inés Benavides, gives us the guidelines to succeed in the reform. “Partitions and walls can be pulled down, provided the structure is reinforced.” But not only these, “it’s also possible to move radiators and other elements, to get a better distribution.” If the height allows, “it is important to raise the ceilings to expand the space, but in this case, you must analyze where the facilities will be passed,” says Ines.
Plumbing systems can be placed where the sink and appliances fit best, since “in the case of kitchens, it is not necessary for the drains to be very close to the drains,” he explains. Outlets should be grounded and at least 50 cm from the vertical planes of the plate and sink.” When there is no outlet, “the hood could be fitted with a carbon filter,” says Inés. The floor can be unified with the same cladding or delimit environments with different flooring, and “you can also play with changes of materials in the ceiling. The designer and interior designer ends with a recommendation: “a tall cabinet for the ironing board, the staircase and the vacuum cleaner.”
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Removal of partitions
One of the reasons for integrating the kitchen into the living room is to make two separate small spaces more spacious when they are joined. Eliminating partitions is basic, although sometimes a pillar is maintained to keep the structure safe. As in this project, by Carolina Rodríguez Baptista.
Integrating the kitchen into the living room
The integration of the kitchen in the living room is a key factor in the open concept trend of shared spaces. Its advantages? It concentrates family life in a larger common area, leads the natural light of the living room to the last corner of the kitchen and facilitates a flexible distribution, which makes better use of the space. In return, it is necessary to delimit each room without altering the harmony of the whole. Here, the difference in height of the ceilings acts as a visual border between the two. Refurbishment of the LF91 Project Management studio and Jaume Alomar The decoration is
by Andrea Pussin of Organic Studio.
When the kitchen is a passion, you can opt for an aesthetic worthy of a five star: top taps, industrial plates, steel appliances… Choose anti-fingerprint to enhance the feeling of cleanliness. De La Redoute Interieurs: high table Hiba (379 euro); stools and lamps Miaka (79.99 euros each).
Attractive and practical
The design of an integrated kitchen must be aesthetic, but it must also facilitate the five phases of the culinary process: preserving, preparing, cooking, plating and washing. Abimis’s steel and ergonomic furniture allows for this.
Sense of continuity
Installing the same floor in the kitchen and in the living room enhances the unity between the two rooms. It is essential that the floor is easy to clean and resistant to humidity. Does this mean that integrating the kitchen implies renouncing wood? Not at all. Ceramics that imitate your finish
and laminates with waterproofing treatments, allow you to enjoy their warmth. In the image, laminate of the collection Impresive UltraQuick-Step, in a natural pine tone and water resistant (36.29 ? per m2).
It is a criterion that, within the general sensation of continuity, facilitates differentiating each environment that forms part of the shared open space. Here, contrast is articulated through the gradation of colour on the walls.
Dark in the kitchen, it softens in the dining room with a blue skirting board under a broken white sill. These are the Sweet Charcoal Mix, Shadow Set and Tahini White shades from the Rosewood palette, which are made with the Comfort Matt Mix paint (35.55 £/4 l). By Bruguer.
The art of camouflage
This kitchen was designed as a modular composition similar to that of any living room. It is formed by white floor-to-ceiling furniture, without handles, and by a central wooden niche that houses the hob and sink and which … looks like a sideboard!
It is a design of the Juan Izquierdo Architecture and Interior Design Studio by Genius Loci. Mesa, by Timothy Oulton. Chairs, by El Corte Inglés. Gregg lamps, by Foscarini. Tablecloth and kitchenware, by Zara Home.
Its presence raises the deco level of the kitchen, and by extension, of the living area in which it is integrated. Although it is usually installed on the walls away from the hob and sink, it should be washable and fireproof, like the SegmentsThe Harlequin brand (111.50 /roll). At Pepe Peñalver.
In this kitchen, designed by Pepe Leal, the appliances go unnoticed, panelled in walnut wood, matching the furniture fronts.
The lighting of the work area is solved with a row of spotlights on the ceiling. The firms have panel models, but if you want more discretion, ask about their retractable appliances. Like the Expose hood, by AEG, which is hidden in the worktop and can be raised with a button only when necessary.
The evolution of technology will lead to worktops with touch screens from which all kitchen functions will be operated. And in the present? Antalia has sliding worktops that slide over a folding tap and hide the sink.
A common fear when joining the kitchen to the living room is the spread of unpleasant aromas. The company Abimis has this refrigerated waste bin, which reduces the proliferation of bacteria that cause bad smells. And the household appliance companies have extractor hoods with a high absorption capacity. Like the Contour Perimeter Suction System, by Teka, which renews the air in the kitchen 27 times every hour.
Cooking in an integrated space in the living room means that the gadgets we use every day will be on display at any given time. How can we avoid this? Hide the less attractive ones: there are supports that fit the sink unit to keep the loofah and the cloth, and drawers with a smooth and continuous front that hide drawers to store saucepans, strainers… As for the more colourful ones, just put them away! Household goods, by Hübsch: bowls (from 35 euros), mortar (55 euros) and salad cutlery (25 euros)
The Hansgrohe company incorporates the Select technology directly into the sink. A button on the edge controls the opening and closing of the faucet, which is equipped with various types of jets. The advantage?
The flow rate can be controlled with the back of the hand or the elbow, and allows ergonomic use regardless of the person’s height, very useful in case of disability. In addition, the button opens and closes the drain. SinkCombi Select Button (from £1,080).
The breakfast bar is often used as a dividing element that allows us to face both the kitchen and the living room. If you want to eat there, the stools are essential. These, with backrest (from 333 euros) and without it (from 287 euros) are lagranjacollection.com
The working light in the kitchen should be direct and zenithal. In addition, add lamps that contribute to ambient lighting in the living room while
you don’t cook. Model Stockholm dish (49 €). At Cult Furniture.
It calculates that everything, even the most everyday accessories, will be on display. Make sure they match the style and color of the rest of the decoration. Metal waste bin (39 euros). It’s from Bloomingville.
From the fire, to the table. Battery, by Bra (from 27.95 euros) at El Corte Inglés.
Keep the ingredients in jars for decoration. From Bloomingville (£23/pair).
Impeccable in its lines and quality. Magnetic wooden tachometer with 4 knives, by Le Creuset (199 ?).
Tobacco based, sintered stone PulpisThe product is suitable for floors, worktops and furniture. It’s from the Neolith firm.
Iron is a must
Painted, it offers even more decorative possibilities. Retro stool (89.99 euro). At Singular Market.
In copper, the fashionable finish! Lamp Laval (62 €). Try installing a couple. At Cult Furniture.
Treated to prevent the proliferation of fungi
and bacteria, it’s ideal for countertops. Natural stone Lennona mixture of quartz, feldspar and mica. It is from the Naturamia® Collection by Levantina.
It is possible to shorten tasks when an important game is seen or a meeting takes place only two meters away.
The Grohe Red faucet provides 100° filtered water directly from the tap for making coffee or tea, cooking pasta… A spray regulator ensures a constant flow of boiling water without the risk of splashing. Its technology CoolTouch prevents the pipe from heating up and includes a child safety button. Tap (from 1,489 Euro), from Grohe.
There are accessories that, because of their continuous use, must be kept at hand. From Bloomingville, kitchen roll holder, in paulownia wood (15 ?).
With its steel mesh, the basket Risatorp keeps fresh fruit and vegetables aerated (10 euros). From Ikea.
Hung, it’ll look like a fun version of the hunting trophies. Cutting board (13.90 euro). At www.car-moebel.de
In the closet
The Birex firm has models that hide inside them essential elements in a kitchen, but which do not want to be left in sight when it shares space with the living room. The ironing board or the washing machine and dryer tandem disappear inside.
Slow extraction squeezer, to preserve nutrients. From Hurom (329.90 euro).
Can be integrated and has an A+++ energy rating. This is the AEG ComfortLift® dishwasher (1,530 ?).
Built-in coffee maker
Built-in coffee maker that makes the perfect mix of water and coffee, and detects the height of the cup. It is made by Miele (3,399 euros).
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