Kitchen diner Kitchen diners are all about having the space to cook, eat, entertain, gather as a family and relax. Therefore, the average kitchen project has become so much more than simply upgrading old cabinetry and appliances – modern kitchen-diners are on the up.
A trusted home insurance survey shows that one in five UK households has removed a downstairs wall in the past 10 years, while one in three were already enjoying the benefits of an open-plan kitchen and kitchen-diner. The big appeal is for the kitchen and cook to be part of the action when entertaining and, on a day-to-day basis, for the whole family to be together.
In this time-pressed age, it’s a real boon to be able to offer help with homework while preparing the evening meal, and to be able to keep one eye on tots and teens while managing the other tasks – everything a kitchen-diner offers.
‘People have become generally less formal and so are more willing to share cooking, dining and relaxing areas,’ says Tim Higham of Higham Furniture.
‘When throwing a dinner party, it’s seen as sociable to cook and entertain at the same time.’
This is the time of year when open-plan layouts really come into their own, as the majority of kitchens include large amounts of glass to let in light and provide easy access to the garden, which vastly expands the living and entertaining space.
If you finding mornings a busy time, think about creating a breakfast room.
The inset cooker, worktop and storage area of this kitchen is painted in deep grey in contrast to the crisp white units.Similar paintFarrow & Ball
Give a cream country kitchen a hit of sophistication with dramatic accents of black. Paint a strip of wall above an open shelf in a matt black paint, then decorate the shelf with a mix of copper and white kitchenware.
Add a couple of black chairs to an oak dining set for added drama.
Sliding glass panels enable the dining area here to be shut off from the kitchen, giving this kitchen diner the best of both worlds. A streamlined chunky table is teamed with leather chairs for a sophisticated open-plan setting.
Vintage finds mixed with modern accessories give this kitchen-diner a colourful, relaxed feel. Keep walls a fresh white and add a bright tablecloth to complete the look.
Update a plain white kitchen with a bright, retro look. Keep the backdrop clean with simple white cabinets, glossy Metro tiles and wood worktops.
Create a fun element by adding lots of Fifties-style accessories in punchy colours, such as a red gingham tablecloth and colourful chairs. A bold red American-style fridge-freezer is the ultimate retro statement.
A rustic table and chairs create a farmhouse-style element to this traditional, cosy kitchen-diner. Modern pendant lighting keeps the look fresh.
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French Farmhouse Furniture
Wooden furniture and worktops teamed with white cabinets mean this kitchen has an uncluttered, relaxed feel. Add a shot of colour and character with decorative tableware.
Odyssey Fine Arts
Here, a large dining table perfectly echoes the shape of the kitchen area, which has been kept sleek and restrained with no wall cupboards. Three striking pendants light the space.
Create a space for enjoying your breakfast that works harder by incorporating clever storage. The fluorescent pink seating gives this otherwise understated kitchen-diner character. Other desirable finishing touches include a built-in TV and easy-to-clean granite worktop.
White kitchen units
Keep the family entertained in an open-plan kitchen like this one. A central island with a black granite worktop is ideal for cooking while entertaining, and a light-wood dining table is perfect for breakfasts as well as dinner parties. Shaker-style units and exposed beams complete the country-style look.
The country-style kitchen-diner has been designed around the neutral range cooker and comes complete with cream-painted kitchen units, golden-brown granite worktops and deep-red accessories. This pretty scheme is filled with warmth, colour and vintage country style.
RFB Bespoke Interiors
If you have space, a large dining area can make a big impact. This large wooden table reflects the size of the room. Here, a selection of mismatched furniture creates a relaxed, lived-in feel in this spacious kitchen-diner.
Matt-black modules form an industrial-style work zone in this contemporary scheme. The colour of the cabinetry is extended through to the overhead extractor ans full-height doors behind. It gives the kitchen area a strong visual identity in the open-plan space.
This space is perfect for summer entertaining. The use of different materials on the floors and walls lend definition to the space.
Torn between an L-shaped kitchen and a U-shaped layout? This neat design solution uses an L-shape for the cabinetry runs, alongside a dining table forming a 'U', thus creating a clever balance between storage space and a flexible seating zone.
A SC10 kitchen by SieMatic costs from £15,000 at Urban Interior.
If you have space, a large dining area can make a big impact. This refectory-style table reflects the proportions of the room's double-height space, while the dining furniture's distressed finish echoes the look of the pale-painted cabinets. Plain English kitchens start from £35,000.
Are you reluctant to have a table at the end of your kitchen island? Then why not site one snugly in the middle? This pale-wood Knole kitchen includes an American black walnut tabletop and support, sandwiched between a pair of compact islands. Dark-leather seating completes the suite.
Stoneham Kitchens start at £20,000.
If bar stools don't appeal, an integral table added to your island may be the answer. This simple extension forms a large seating area, while the Aura walnut tobacco-effect panels create a sense of contrast to the Neo magnolia hi-gloss In-toto units. A lower tier of the island even provides a neat nook for extra dishes or condiments.
This wood-topped table has been wrapped around the end of an Eider painted island, yet its clever construction gives the impression of an entirely separate piece of furniture. It is located close to the larder, but away from the working area of this English Classic kitchen, so it's ideally placed for breakfast.
This informal, banquette seating area was purpose-built to fit the space in a period property. The table and bench are sited away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the kitchen, but close enough so that a family can interact with each other.
Wrapping a breakfast bar round a supporting column is a smart way to make it part of your design. Raising the breakfast bar above the main island ensures it is a separate space, ideal for guests to gather around.
This Linear design is by Harvey Jones, kitchens start from £17,000.
Galley schemes rarely have enough room for an island, so a slim dining table and chairs are often the best seating solution. Here, the furniture's Scandi style matches the rest of the Oyster-painted cabinetry, while the table and chairs are painted in a slightly darker hue than the cream-coloured Heathfield furniture.
Raising a breakfast bar on an island means that not only is the zone clearly defined, but it also helps to conceal a preparation area from view. Here, a worktop overhang provides room to sit, while the absence of an island extractor (a downdraft model sits by the hob) allows these stylish pendant lights to act as a focal point. Open shelving breaks up large banks of cabinetry.
Create a bistro vibe in your kitchen with a smart black and grey colour scheme. Try a chalkboard wall as your starting point, it will look striking and will come in useful for chalking up reminders.
Complete your theme with weathered wood flooring, industrial-style metal shelving, copper pendant lights and metal café chairs.
Make the most of a large space, with a huge dining table on wheels. It adds an ingenious flexible feel to this streamlined kitchen-diner, and is complemented beautifully by the statement pendant light.
Proving that contrasting colours can be used to great effect, the Esprit range from Schmidt is shown here in natural oak, with a contrasting island unit, and bespoke handleless cupboards in the right hand wall. A matching table runs on from the island with bench-style seating.
The kitchen has a clean, minimalist look. The streamlined units are made from spray-painted MDF - designed to take up as little space as possible. The splashback is simply wood, spray-painted to a glossy finish.
Boho style kitchen-diner
Brighten up a white country kitchen with a colourful boho look. Pick a palette of primary colours or strong pastel hues and mix up patterns, from classic florals and ditsy prints to geometrics and folksy brights. Try adding a couple of brightly coloured chairs to a white dining set. The idea is to mix and match looks and influences but a good tip is to unite your boho look by keeping the colour scheme limited to unite all the elements.
Introduce a sunny shade of buttercup yellow into a grey kitchen-diner. Use a grey and yellow floral wallpaper as your starting point, then add grey-painted furniture, warm woods and yellow accents.
A yellow tablecloth, pottery and pendant lights will really freshen up a grey dining room.
Bring a cool vibe to your kitchen with a soft green colour scheme. The colour is calming, but it?s used liberally in this look, so be sure that it?s a colour you can live with first.
Balance green cabinets and panelling with white walls and flooring, then add sheer fabrics and floaty florals for a fresh, summery look. A few wooden pieces will help to warm up the scheme.
Update a traditional grey Shaker-style kitchen with warm wood tones on worktops, flooring, cabinet handles and accessories. A wooden peg rail makes a practical finishing touch.
Finish off the scheme with pops of bold red, from pendant lights and small appliances to bakeware and ceramics.
Try a pared-back neutral scheme to create a relaxing dining room where you can share family time.
A palette of neutral tones combined with wood grains and faded linens will create a laidback mood. Give your room a focal point by decorating one wall with a statement mural.
Go for coastal style in a country kitchen with a bright and breezy mix of white and blue. Start with an all-white backdrop, with white panelled walls, whitewashed flooring and white-painted furniture.
Introduce colour with blue ticking stripes, misty green accessories and touches of pebble grey. Reduce brightness in an all-white room by decorating windows with shutters, which will diffuse the light.
Give your kitchen a vintage twist with soft, muted shades of dove grey and antique white on walls, flooring and furniture.
Bring your scheme into bloom with a rose-print tablecloth, floral seat cushions and ditsy floral china. For a pretty finishing touch, line up glass bottles in the centre of the table and fill with fresh blooms.
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