Here’s a pantry cabinet added on a short wall between 2 doorways.
Designed kitchen with doorway and hallway entries in mind.
When faced with openings all around a kitchen, here are some design solutions I’ve seen work in many of these spaces:
1- Design “zones” for various tasks and activities that take place in the kitchen. I like to use “short” walls for placing a base cabinet or two for under-counter additional refrigeration or a possible beverage storage. The additonal countertop space, even if only 24-30-inches, is amazingly useful. A “Coffee/Tea Zone” in this area can look really nice.
Sometimes I may need to adjust the depth of the base, to simply allow easier and wider clearances.
2- Think about the possibility of actually closing up one of the doorways or entryways. For example, I worked on a kitchen several years ago that had two “out” passages from the kitchen that got you to the same room….the front foyer! Wow, all of a sudden we had more space in the kitchen, more counters, and more storage!
3- Open up the wall “in-between” a couple of doorways and get rid of all that stained wood that supposedly trims out all the casings. Make the entrance grand (columns, etc.) or minimize the opening and draw your eye to the kitchen. Headers may need to stay put, but I love using headers for architectural detail and interest.
4- By all means, paint all the woodwork and doors and casings and baseboard. This will minimize all those “rectangles”!
5-Create a seating area in between openings (again, this is another “zone”) that becomes a design feature in the kitchen. What’s great about considering a built-in seat or base cabinets with a stone overhang for chairs or stools is that you can do this first …. while you’re saving money to replace your tired and worn-out cabinets.
Develop your nook eating area
Remember, new, updated cabinetry and counter surfaces is always the best solution for kitchens with many openings and doorways, along with new painted walls and painted woodwork. Wait, save, and do it right!
Have a great day…. and have fun planning for your kitchen. Call me anytime with questions.