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.
Inspired by cabinetry and moldings, this Craftsman-style pass-through creates the impression of a piece of freestanding furniture.
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.
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.
Orienting the range within this pass-through enables the homeowner to chat with guests while still stirring and sautéing.
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