When you’re renting a smaller space, having an open plan kitchen, dining, living and office space isn’t unusual. It’s also not unusual to think, how the heck do we decorate this room to have multi-functioning spaces. Today I wanted to share some tips on how to create different zones within your open plan room, and how to use accessories to pull it all together.
Consider the placement of furniture
With an open plan space, you need to consider where you’re placing furniture so you have a clear walkway through the room. Placing your sofa against a wall keeps the space feeling open, but this only works well when you have two armchairs facing it, creating a square living zone. If you’re only working with a sofa, consider placing it facing the wall, with the TV unit opposite to create a snugger feeling. You’ll find the back of the sofa also acts as a defining line between the dining room/office space/kitchen. When it comes to the dining space, why not try a bench on one side of the table as opposed to high backed chairs, which can create an obstruction to the eye when they face into the open plan room. Finally, use narrow furniture like console tables for storage, and make sure you can walk freely around the space and by doorways.
Having different light arrangements in a room can really help to separate the functions of each area. For example, a large overhead pendant light (this industrial-inspired pendant light from award-winning german light specialist Lights.co.uk is perfect) or chandelier is ideal for the dining space, while a large floor lamp creates a cosy corner for reading in the living room. If you have a desk in your open plan living area, use a cool desk lamp which can also be used to create ambience on an evening when you’ve switched off from work.
Rugs are the simplest way of creating designated zones within your open place space. Whether you have carpets or wooden floors, layer rugs of complementing colours and prints under your coffee table or sofa, and under your dining table and chairs. Even if you have a small circular table for two, you can still get great round rugs to sit underneath and really highlight this zone. Just try not to clutter the floor space with too many – two is enough to look stylishly cohesive. My favourite spot for rugs has to be LaRedoute – especially this kilim one I picked up for my office. (Image credit)
Make the most of the walls
Creating focal points on walls in each zone means the eye can differentiate between the spaces. For example, why not create a gallery wall in the dining area with prints of various sizes? You know I’m a huge fan of Desenio for prints, especially as they take all the hard work out of pairing prints. Not a sponsored mention, by the way, I just genuinely a big fan. Another idea is to add shelving to the living room, not only providing a way to showcase your prettier pieces of décor, but also saving on valuable floor space. You could also add plants, bowls to keep your keys handy, and books.
Choose colour wisely
Although having too much colour in an open plan space can make it feel cluttered and encased, light walls can be complemented with brighter accessories and furniture, like a statement sofa for example. The idea is to have one palette and use one colour primarily in each zone. In my living room/dining room/kitchen, I have the overall palette of grey, creams and blush pinks, while a large grey sofa with cream and pink cushions, I’ve increased the use of blush pink in the dining area with velvet chairs and wall art. (Image credit)
Do you live in a multi-functional home? If you’re struggling to create different zones within that space hopefully this post helps.