The open concept kitchen wasn’t always the gold standard. In the past, small galley kitchens kept hosts separated from their guests by walls and long hallways that kept the kitchen tucked neatly out of sight. But today, a large, open kitchen tops the list of features house hunters want most their home—a trend that continues to grow and evolve.
We’re glad to see that this design is here to stay. Large kitchens that are integrated into other living spaces let hosts enjoy more time with their guests and offer an intimate, home-like experience for visiting friends and family.
But even when there’s plenty of space, not every kitchen is optimized to accommodate crowds. The solution? Using a few smart design principles, you can set up your kitchen to give you plenty of room to work while giving your guests the freedom to move around on their own.