Open plan kitchens are getting increasingly common with a large number of users now preferring them over the conventional closed kitchens. One of the advantage that these kitchens bring to the table is that they give an experience of a larger than actual space, such a layout is also better from the point of ventilation and allowing natural light into the house.
However, one disadvantage of a kitchen without a proper enclosure is that they can emit unpleasant odour after cooking or allow a full view of the mess that is typical after a cooking session. This is exactly where sliding doors come into picture. Sliding doors when in the open position give the same feel as a partition-less kitchen but allow the users the flexibility to cordorn off the kitchen whenever the users desire.
With a lot of new products hitting the market everyday, you have a range of sliding doors type to choose from. If you wish to see some practical examples of how it can be done, we recommend you read on further…
These type of sliding doors are the best when you want to completely cordon off the kitchen from the living or dining room. A further advantage of this is that you can opt for some interesting graphics on the shutter panels.
If you have invested in an expensive kitchen and wish that it should be visually appreciated, then you must opt for a sliding door with transparent glass panels as seen in this house. Just make sure that your kitchen is always tidy, else it might leave a negative impression.
If you wish to strike a balance between the transparent and opaque panels, then a translucent partition is the most sensible option for you.
You can opt for shutters which have a combination of wood, metal, and glass in such a way that they resemble the heavy and ornamented appeal of the 50's and 60's.
If your kitchen and dining spaces lean towards the minimlist style of design, a simple sliding parition with glass and wood might be the best for you.
You can also opt for a combination of a solid and transparent panels, specifically in the case of small spaces. The wooden solid shutter in this case is fixed and the glass shutter is the one that slides.
This combination of metal and glass not only looks sleek but also provides added protection to the main entrance.
One of the disadvantage of a sliding partition is that the shutters need space and one never gets a completely open space unless the shutters can be concealed in some sort of cavity. This hurdle can be easily overcomed by a sliding folding partition in which the shutters can fold and move to the end to allow a truly open space.
If you do not wish to experiment a lot, you can simply opt for a traditional shutter design as seen in this image.
In line with the contemporary setting of the kitchen and the dining space, you can opt for a sleek, all glass and metal framed shutter that is rigid as well as looks charming in its surroundings.
If you wish to go a step further, you can experiment with completely frameless shutters that exude a very classy look.
The architects in this case have opted for shutters with thick wooden frames in order to complement the surrounding interiors.
The shutters in this case are clean with thin white colored metal rims such that they fit in perfectly in the context.
If you would like to see more of such design, please read 10 sliding doors that divide spaces