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Don't Pass Up the Kitchen Pass-Through
A carved-out opening in a kitchen wall can increase spaciousness, make an architectural statement and improve social time
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If you're looking to open the space between your kitchen and an adjoining room but reluctant (or unable) to remove a wall, take a different tack: a good old kitchen pass-through. These peekaboo openings, originally designed to provide a way to serve food from the kitchen while concealing any cooking mess, are as important for decorative appeal as they are for functional purposes. Here are eight ways to open up.
Framed by cabinetry and moldings, this Craftsman-style pass-through creates the impression of a piece of freestanding furniture.
A simple pass-through adds a functional dimension and architectural interest to what otherwise would have been a big, blank wall, and enhances seating space to boot.
Not only does this pass-through connect the kitchen and dining area, but it also offers a glimpse of vibrant blue cabinetry that wakes up the neutral palette. The effect is almost like a piece of artwork in the center of a white frame.
An arched surround lends a graceful note to this pass-through and offsets the boxiness of the cabinetry that frames it.
A recessed pass-through like this one would be a cinch to add between wall studs. It makes compact kitchen and dining areas look larger than they really are.
Pass-throughs not only provide a link between the kitchen and another space, 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.
For extra flexibility, think about outfitting a pass-through with windows that you can open and close as your needs demand.