An open, airy kitchen provides a cheery space for family and guests to congregate before and after meals.

Generally, kitchens are becoming less formal and much simpler than in years past. Clean lines and open vistas dominate the modern kitchen, and delineation between rooms is often achieved through ceiling and flooring treatments.

Opening the kitchen to the living room optimizes entertaining space, and creating an island increases prep counters.

The multifunctional kitchen island serves as a gathering space for entertaining and a prep area for cooking, as well as an informal breakfast nook.

Keeping walls to a minimum opens the kitchen and avoids a dark, closed off feel. The kitchen island makes up storage, replacing the lost cabinets that would have existed on the wall.