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If you hear a rumor that open floor plans are going out of style, don’t believe it!  The fact is open planning, especially around the kitchen, is more popular than ever.  While the past 18 months revealed the value of private space, the kitchen is still a place for social gatherings.

 Just be sure to make it work by following our guidelines.

Design Plan

As this plan shows, an open kitchen is about more than just the kitchen space.  It is about the entire area flowing together for a cheerful home.  The focus is on comfort and efficiency, with a good dash of style.

We like the idea of a Multi-Zoned kitchen.  This concept was discussed in our past blog, read it here.

Now, think in terms of carrying the multi-zoned idea to the entire open space of your home plan.  The kitchen is commonly defined by cabinetry.  The other areas of an open plan can be indicated in several other ways.  Furniture groupings, area rugs, art and shelving can designate areas for conversation, work/study and entertainment.

Zones Not Walls

Kitchen zones are great for organizing your space according to food preparation, cooking, clean-up and dining. Even a snack bar helps with family self-service to relieve the cook.  Note that this kitchen even has a peaceful little nook.

This plan also features refrigerator drawers in the snack bar and a casual dining area for one stop treats.

Plan Storage for a Tidy Open Plan

Keeping the open plan orderly is essential.  Pull-out storage provides easy access and encourages everyone to put things back in place.

Flow Through Space

Effortless movement from one area to another is the key to a successful open plan.  To accomplish this we recommend keeping furnishings and storage units low to allow clear sight lines throughout the space.

Scale and Proportion

Cabinetry contributes to the overall appearance of the space and will help set the style.  Along with this, furniture selected for the open plan should maintain the proper proportions.  A kitchen island is fairly large and can be nicely balanced with comfy upholstery.

Lighting

We like the layered approach to lighting described here.   This tactic allows the most versatility with different options depending on the time of day or use of space.

Style it Right

 Finally, continue the color and style concept throughout the entire open space.  In general, Traditional and Modern styles mix well with other style genres.  That explains why these are so popular when it’s time to choose cabinetry.  Mix in your personalized preferences for a little Farmhouse or a touch of Industrial and create your personalized look.

The designers at Geneva Cabinet Company are here to take your cabinetry to the next level with exceptional design.  Call anytime for more information!

262-245-9600

Designer Natalie Spiniolas

Photography by Shanna Wolf/S. Photography

Cabinetry in this project is from Plato Custom Woodwork

Is your closet no-stress or a hot mess?

A little planning will reward you with extra time and less frustration for a stress-free start to any day.

We worked with designer Garrett Cheyne of Curate, LLC as he created his personal morning oasis under the watchful eye of Bentley. This closet is now an organized center of efficiency, and we can show you how it’s done.

Adjustable Cabinetry for Closet design Lake Geneva WI

Sort & Organize

A staging area will help you empty the contents of your closet and really see what’s lurking inside. Make way for the necessities by relocating wayward items and donating or tossing unworkable pieces. No hoarding.

 

Closet design built in dresser cabinet

Built-in Furniture

An integrated dresser not only looks amazing, but is a visual centerpiece to anchor the closet.  This is the perfect spot to add a countertop in the closet as a catch-all for items you dress with daily . . .  wallet, rings, loose change . . .  never forget your keys again.

 

Cabinetry closet design floor to ceiling shelving and hanging space Lake Geneva WI

Floor to Ceiling

Take it tall with a design that reaches floor to ceiling and provides bonus space above for the storage of seasonal or seldom used items.

 

cabinetry for closet design with double rods in lake geneva Wi

Double-Up On Rods

The best use of space is customized for your contents. High/Low hanging rods will maximize every linear foot. Most people do well with only a small section of full length hanging space. While you’re improving, treat yourself to matching hangers for tangle-free bliss.

 

cabinets for closet design include cubbies and open shelving lake geneva WI

Open Shelving and Cubbies

Everything is in sight and up for consideration when its time to coordinate the #OOTD

 

adjustable shelving for shoes in the closet lake geneva WI

Adjustable Shelving

Enjoy your fabulous shoe investment by keeping them in sight.  Adjustable shelving will accommodate all shapes and sizes of shoes, boots, and bags with endless opportunity to reconfigure.

 

closet drawers for built in dresser closet design

Drawers

Pull out drawers and shelves are handy for small items to prevent a jumbled mess of jewelry, socks and unmentionables.

So stop the daily hunt for your favorite sweater,

a well-planned closet can be man’s . . . or women’s. . . best friend.

Ruh-roh Bentley!

 

All of your cabinetry needs are on display in our Lake Geneva showroom.

Visit us soon for inspiration.

Geneva Cabinet Company, LLC

(262) 245-9600

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