The single-wall kitchen is generally designed so only one person can cook at a time — a limitation that makes the kitchen safe yet still convenient for others to access. It’s important to keep this aspect in mind to ensure a design that accommodates the users’ needs and lifestyle.
Alternatively, as long as they don’t block the light source, you could have tall cabinets bookending the kitchen. This would usually include an oven in tall housing on one side and a fridge-freezer on the other.
With this arrangement, it’s best to store items used less often in the top cabinets and to invest in a foldaway footstool for access. As pictured, you can also match your kitchen cupboard and wall colors for a seamless look to your kitchen and dining or living space.
Ensuring generous cupboard space is a must, but also consider whether there’s potential for more storage elsewhere in the kitchen. The designer of this small cook space cleverly added storage underneath the seating area and packed in even more with upper cabinets above it.
The furniture outside the immediate kitchen area was also designed in the same finish to unite the spaces and create a fluid look. This approach is becoming increasingly popular for open-plan spaces, where homeowners want to achieve a feeling of continuity between their kitchen and living areas.
In an open-plan arrangement, it also pays to choose your appliances wisely and ensure that you go for quieter models. This way, if your washing machine or exhaust fan is on, you’ll receive far less objection from the person watching TV or reading in the adjoining space.
It can also make the single-wall layout work for larger spaces since, in effect, it reconfigures the room into a galley kitchen with the same functionality. While this depends on your space and how you want to use it, generally speaking, the additional work surface and storage an island introduces can be extremely beneficial.
Other ways you can achieve this effect are through a breakfast bar with stools (great for entertaining guests) or a change in the flooring between each area.
Or perhaps you want to make the single-wall kitchen itself the focal point. You could contrast it to the rest of your room with a bold splash of color in the cabinetry. Alternatively, you could opt for statement shelving or a distinctive backsplash.