Bluelime Home Design is the leading Kitchen Extension Designer in the Dartford, Erith, Croydon, Blackheath, Bexley, Greenwich, Lewisham, Dulwich & Bromley areas

If you are looking for a new larger open plan Kitchen/Diner where you can entertain friends and family in a much more sociable way - you've came to the right place.

We are totally focused on giving you the Kitchen of your dreams at an affordable cost. Our approach is unique and will save you money in the long run...

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In your free guide you will discover how you can create an amazing new Kitchen Diner perfect for entertaining friends and family.

You will know:

  • How best to get natural light into your Kitchen area
  • How to get the best out of the space available
  • To think about materials and technology
  • How to bring the outside in using bifold doors
  • About adding feature lighting
  • And much much more


  • How to maximise natural light
  • Get the best use of space
  • Materials to use


Open Plan Kitchen Living

Creating an open plan Kitchen/Diner is definitely the in thing to do right now.  Almost every property we are working on involves taking down walls and opening up previously separated Kitchen and Dining Rooms into a larger open plan flexible space that is much more usable and enjoyable. Check out some of the design ideas, hints and tips below to see what could work for you. Need more advice? Contact our offices in Bromley, Bexley, and Dartford to speak to our design specialists.

Kitchen Feature Lighting

1) Add Feature Lighting

Try to add some dropped pendant feature lights where you can. You need to think about where fixtures and furniture is going early on so you can get your feature lights planned in position. We recommend putting three dropped pendant feature lights above Island units and dining tables.
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2) Make Cooking Centre Stage

This isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but if you like cooking mixed with entertaining move the hob to the island unit. You can then talk to your guests while you cook. The cooking itself can become a great talking point and interactive. Remember though the mess tends to be on show. Not a problem if you’re a tidy cooker!
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3) Mix Living Space With Kitchen/Diner

Why not partly open the Kitchen/Diner area into an informal living space or family room where you have sofas and TV etc. This creates a totally flexible area where you and your guests can easily spill in and out from one area to the other. If you have the space create another more private Living Room somewhere else. Just bear in mind if you don’t put doors on cooking smells will spread throughout the house.

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Kitchen Bifold doors

4) Add Bifold Doors

Nearly every Kitchen/Diner we create we are adding Bifold doors. This really is a must or at least double French Doors. Bifolds open up the area to the outside space and bring in more natural light. But think about adding Bifolds to the Kitchen too not just the Diner. Preferably open up the whole area with one large set of Bifolds.

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5) Add French Doors

Adding French doors to a Kitchen/Diner while not as flexible as Bifolds they still bring the outside in and bathes the whole area in natural light. Can work well if you are trying to keep a more traditional look.

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Bluelime Kitchen Island Unit

6) Incorporate The Latest Technology

Every week it seems there is a new piece of kit that is the next must have in the Kitchen. But actually most of it is really good. I’m still mesmerised by induction hobs, they are truly incredible being able to instantly boil water within seconds. How about making it the centre piece of the Kitchen just make sure you do give it a few seconds before doing the hand on trick!

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7) Go Modern

The modern Kitchen now has all the appliances discreetly tucked away inset into wall units and worktops. Kitchen Colours are so important to get right and are down to personal preference. But if you like a modern design with white gloss maybe try and break it up with some black.

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8) Go Traditional

If you prefer a more traditional design, modern features such as Island units can still work really well. Timber worktops and floors can help achieve this classic traditional look. A mix of modern LED spotlights and classic style dropped pendants can also work well together.

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9) Extend If You Can

Even if you are only going out 1-2m from the rear wall this small extension can make a huge difference and get you more cupboard space. Stick a roof window in the new roof to maximise natural light. Its also good for ventilation

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10) Create A Seamless Transition Outside

By using the same floor tiles inside and out and inset bifold doors with drainage channel you will hardly notice whether you are inside or outside. All of a sudden this makes your Kitchen/Diner feel enormous in Summer when the Bifolds are open. Also makes the whole area much more flexible and usable.

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