Homeowners have been taking walls down in kitchens for about as long as it’s been “okay” for men to cook for their families. Coincidence? Maybe. It’s still something that I get asked about on every kitchen project with an older home. I know some people prefer the kitchen separate (speak up! I haven’t met you yet, but I hear you’re out there). People typically hire me when they want to tear out a wall so I don’t get to meet the people that are into an enclosed kitchen. Maybe that has something to do with my skewed statistics. I did recently meet some new homeowners who were thinking that they were okay with the enclosed kitchen in their older home. The reason? It had a generous area for a large dining table.
I love kitchens that have room for a table. Some homeowners will ditch the island and put in a big farmhouse table instead. I think that a dining table in the kitchen feels luxurious, yet also casual and friendly. It is family friendly although, I think I’d like it even if I lived alone.
You really have to have a pretty big kitchen to be able to have a table and chairs in them in addition to your kitchen cabinetry and that in itself is the luxury. Banquettes are coming back into style now, but I’m really drawn to a table and chairs. Here are some eat-in kitchens to inspire you.
“Afterwards, they always had tea in the kitchen, much the nicest room in the house.”
― Flora Thompson