Try to avoid anything that’s too extreme, as there’s already a lot of activity going on in the kitchen and you don’t want it to seem even busier.
"The homeowner is a serious cook," designer Young Huh says, "and she wanted that Wolf range" — it has six burners, a double griddle, and two ovens. In Ina Garten's New York apartment, a Bosch dishwasher, a Liebherr refrigerator, and a Sub-Zero freezer are tucked beneath the countertop, creating more counter space in a small galley kitchen. He used Douglas fir for floors and cabinets to get "the handmade look and feel of the originals." contributing editor Frances Schultz choose low, pull-out shelves in lieu of lower cabinets in her East Hampton cottage.
Alternatively, simply give your cabinetry a quick refresh with a few coats of paint.
Both of these ideas are a lot cheaper and less hassle than replacing the entire kitchen.
Finishing touches such as artwork, soft furnishings and shelving displays make open-plan schemes warm and inviting, and they are easy to replace and update seasonally or whenever you fancy a new look.
Vintage cookware adds charm to classic and country kitchens – antiques shops, charity shops and e Bay are great sources.