Don't Walk the Kitchen Pass-Through

If you’re looking to open the space between your kitchen and an adjoining area but reluctant (or unable) to eliminate a wall, take a different tack: a good old kitchen pass-through. All these peekaboo openings, initially designed to provide a means to serve food from the kitchen while hiding any cooking mess, are as important for decorative appeal since they are for practical purposes. Here are eight strategies.

HartmanBaldwin Design/Build

Inspired by cabinetry and moldings, this Craftsman-style pass-through creates the impression of a piece of freestanding furniture.

Klopf Architecture

An easy pass-through adds a practical dimension and architectural interest in what otherwise could have been a big, blank wall, also enhances seating area to boot.

Leonard Grant Architecture

Not only does this pass-through join the kitchen and dining room, but it also provides a glimpse of brilliant blue cabinetry which brightens up the neutral palette. The result is similar to a piece of artwork in the middle of a white frame.

Jeanne Finnerty Interior Design

An arched surround lends a graceful note to this pass-through and offsets the boxiness of the cabinetry which frames it.

Visbeen Architects

A recessed pass-through similar to this one could be a breeze to add between wall studs. It makes compact kitchen and dining areas look bigger than they really are.

Sarah Susanka, FAIA

Pass-throughs not only provide a link between the kitchen and another area, but they also can help to balance a room’s architectural profile. This one offsets the open doorway on the right and smoothes out the flow.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

For extra flexibility, think about outfitting a pass-through with windows which you can open and close as your needs require.

Shannon Malone

Orienting the range within this pass-through enables the homeowner to chat with guests while still stirring and sautéing.

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