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The workspace may be crucial, but the movement of people around the kitchen space as a whole also needs careful thought. The main aims are to keep children away from danger spots and stop guests from getting in your way. Look at placing the fridge at the threshold so children can access drinks and snacks without straying into your path. In open-plan spaces, make sure the route through from the entrance to the garden is unobstructed and think about how best to direct your guests to seating areas.
An island can act as a useful shield for the cook – position bar stools along the opposite side to give guests a place to perch at a safe distance. ‘in a large space, consider using two islands to create multiple-flow possibilities.
Try changing decor to demarcate the separate dining, lounging, cooking and office areas in a multi functional space. ‘This can be achieved by using different floor finishes, paint colours and lighting in each of the zones.
‘Don’t forget, you can always strategically position a wall, or include a room divider such as a half-height wall or storage unit, to help screen off certain areas. It does need to be carefully placed so as not to block out light, but we are using these features very successfully in an increasing number of our designs.