Is this the end of open-plan living?

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Over the last two decades, the trend for open-plan living and wall-less dwellings rose faster than you could swing a sledgehammer; however, over the past few years, we’re seeing a complete reversal in interiors trends with home-owners opting for more traditional, segmented living spaces.

There are various reasons as to why this could be. The practicalities of an open-plan living space are not as obvious as you might think. Downsizing all the possessions and knick-knacks you acquire over the years is no mean feat, not to mention the daily struggle of keeping every surface clean and tidy if you have children or room-mates. In fact, families who have previously opted for open-plan living are reverting to traditional, divided rooms as a more practical way of living, according to Jane Green from the Telegraph. Individual rooms provide quiet sanctuaries for homework, reading and watching your preferred Netflix series, and people are suggesting they prefer to cook in the kitchen in peace, without having the constant interruptions from a television that can be seen and heard over the worktop.

circular dining table and turquoise-pained chairs

There is no doubt, it seems, that separate rooms provide areas of sanctuary and quiet which in turn, create cosier, more inviting spaces to spend time to undertake your preferred activity of relaxation. One might even argue that segmented rooms are actually driving families back together in a more traditional sense, since the kitchen and dining room are becoming device-free zones, promoting a healthy appetite for dinner conversation.

Dog on a lap on a sofaWith this in mind, we’re thinking about the more conventional ways you could furnish these individual living rooms without compromising on style. First things first, retrieve that box of ornaments from storage and choose a selection of objects that will look fantastic displayed in a bespoke alcove bookcase by The Bookcase Co. Think about quality curation, carefully selecting objects that work well together based on a specific colour palette, as opposed to quantity.

A slim and stylish desk for homework or working from home is essential. This mango wood version from Swoon is effortlessly chic and compact and will fit in alcoves, smaller rooms or even under the stairs.

Enormous three-seater and corner sofas might work well in gargantuan open-plan living areas; however, smaller spaces call for smaller sofas. Create cosy nooks for books with a two-seater sofa from Arlo & Jacob. The perfect size to snuggle up to someone, or stretch out and make the most of some quality alone time.

Dining table & chairs with a tall cactus in the backgroundA well-placed rug can instantly update your interior, bringing with it warmth, pattern and texture. They also help to create zones, if you do happen to have a room on the larger size and want to break it down further. You’ll find a vast selection of traditional and modern rugs from OKA, with the option of wool and cotton, amongst others.

To avoid areas becoming too dark and closed off, this slender floor lamp by Perch & Parrow is fashionable and functional; perfect to shed some light on those newly created cosy corners of your living room.

Get their look: Feminine Scandi dining room

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This feminine Scandi dining room is the domain of Pernille and her family. She’s a blogger, Instagrammer and homeware shop owner based over in Denmark.

The repetition of deep purple, soft pink and grey is very pleasing on the eye. The deep, wine colour on the right-hand wall is Sadolin‘s ‘Shady Red’. The light pink colour on the far wall is ‘Soft Blush’ from the same company. ‘Creme de la Rose’ by Crown is very similar to the latter, and is available here in the UK. The glossy, white-painted floorboards bounce sunlight up & around the room.

Soft textiles, potted cacti, hanging kokedama and framed artwork give a homely feel.

  1. Galaxy Globe mobile, large, dark green
  2. Nordic Tales Bright Spot pendant
  3. Hanging succulent kokedama
  4. Livink Braid pillows
  5. by Lassen – Kubus 4 candle holder, brass
  6. We Design magazine holder
  7. Hans Wegner Y chair (CH24)
  8. Crown matt emulsion paint Creme de la Rose
  9. Hay Loop stand table
  10. Large sheepskin rugs

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Get their look: Compact kitchen diner

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I discovered this Barcelona home when it was recently featured over on Apartment Therapy. It’s the rented apartment of couple, Alida and Alex. You may recognise many of the furnishings in this cute, compact kitchen diner; Alex works at IKEA and obviously brings some of his job home with him!

  1. Kitchen cabinetry, VEDDINGE, grey
  2. Picture ledge MOSSLANDA, white
  3. Handle TYDA, stainless steel
  4. Side table on castors IKEA PS 2017 beech/white
  5. Door DJUPVIKEN, white
  6. 9-bottle wine rack HUTTEN, solid wood
  7. Copper pineapple storage pot
  8. Crosley Presley floral Bluetooth Cruiser vinyl record player
  9. Tray KLACK, rubberwood
  10. Gateleg table NORDEN, birch

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Get their look: Open-plan kitchen diner lounge

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This spacious open-plan kitchen diner lounge looks comfortable and homely. The practical cork flooring laid throughout elongates the room and brings the space together. It’s warm underfoot, softens noise, is easy to clean and is a natural and sustainable product.

We really love the ingenious use of lengths of different types of wood used to clad the kitchen wall. A simple, affordable and eye-catching feature. The vintage leather trunk has been converted into a smart coffee table – and is, no doubt, used as useful storage too.

  1. Searchlight Lighting single light ceiling pendant in satin silver finish with clear acrylic diffuser
  2. Owalo 7000 pendant lamp
  3. Blonde rattan dining chair
  4. Dash of Soot – No 244
  5. Arco floor lamp by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
  6. Studio cork flooring
  7. Seville modular seating
  8. Vintage leather canvas steamer trunk
  9. Hyatt – Radcliffe industrial dining table

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Get their look: Yellow-themed kitchen diner show home

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This yellow-themed kitchen diner was presented as a show home at the Grand Designs Live event a few years ago. Its splashes of bright primary colour draws the eye… and probably the visitors who were in attendance.

It was designed to give inspiration to first time buyers. It is furnished with affordable pieces from outlets such as IKEA, a few investment buys from independant designer makers and items that are easy to take with you when you move up the property ladder.

The yellow is paired with shades of grey and white which give balance and a muted background on which to contrast against.

  1. Tress wallpaper in grey by Sian Elin
  2. Hexagon ceramic wall tiles
  3. Kenwood kMix toaster
  4. DeLonghi kMix boutique drip coffee maker
  5. GLO by Bisley SoHo multi-drawer cabinet 10-drawer H590mm (yellow)
  6. IKEA PS 1995 clock, yellow
  7. View Quest Hepburn DAB+ radio & Bluetooth speaker
  8. DOCKSTA table, white
  9. Kylie bar stool by Riley Ave.
  10. Frame coffee table in oak
  11. HAY Kaleido trays
  12. BERNARD chair

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Get their look: Eclectic dining room

Eclectic dining room

We love absolutely everything about this eclectic dining room. Where do we start? The balanced mix of vintage and new. The soft grey walls. The shiny metallics introduced via the copper standard lamp and table lamp. The flashes of orange in that huge overhead glass pendant light. The colour of the moulded plastic Panton chairs which is cleverly picked up in the seat cushion on the Ercol armchair. The oversized Chinese Lady print. We’d gladly give it all house room chez H is for Home.

  1. Tom Dixon Base copper floor lamp
  2. Kartell ‘Cindy’ table lamp, orange
  3. ‘Chinese Girl’ print by Vladimir Tretchikoff
  4. Ruark R4 MK3 DAB/DAB+/FM/CD Bluetooth all-in-one music system
  5. Vintage extending teak dining table
  6. Ercol Goldsmith armchairs
  7. Verner Panton ‘S’ chair, green
  8. Anglepoise ‘1227’ mini desk lamp

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