Vaulted Kitchens

Vaulted Kitchens

Regina Yunghans
Mar 30, 2010

As kitchens have become more and more the center of the home, the actual form of the room has changed, too. No longer is it a small, purely-utilitarian space tucked away out of sight. Often, the kitchen is now a place to gather, relax, and spend time. With that new use, we're seeing a lot of kitchens open up to vaulted ceilings as in these examples:

1 Tim Dorrington Architects, photo by Emma-Jane Hetherington
2 More Ways to Waste Time
3 Jordi Canosa via Desire to Inspire
4 Better Homes and Gardens
5 Archinspire

Vaulted ceilings really serve the main purpose of drawing in light (thus, people). It's not like they're for additional storage (okay, maybe a little, but most of it would be way too high!) or practicality (how do you clean way up there?). Do you think a heightened kitchen volume as seen here makes the room more of a public space in the home?

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