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How To Create Zones In An Open-Plan Space

An open-plan living area means to often eat, relax, cook and entertain – all in one and the same physical space. Even old houses, which have the separate dining room, are frequently knocked through for a more flowing space. In this article, The Flooring Group will show you how to design each zone differently.

  • One option is to have the walls painted in contrasting ways, with perhaps industrial-style exposed brick in one zone next to tiles and painted cabinets in the kitchen area. There will be plenty of visual space and the overall look is relaxed and bright.
  • Rugs can be a great way to zone a special space. They can create a visual separation between the living area and the kitchen. Both the relaxing and dining zones can have a different look and complement each other at the same time.
  • A point of focus. Some furniture grouping and angling can also easily create clear areas. Lighting, rugs, even colour schemes bridge the desired areas and keep them separated. This may be a good way to create a  zone for daytime and another for the evening.
  • The light can do the talking. The location of lighting has a big part in lining a zone. All dining tables traditionally have a huge overhead light and can be a wonderful way to create a breakpoint between one space and another.
  • Keep the options open. Sliding doors can allow the best of both open-plan and compartmentalisation.
  • Level play. The open-plan space can be zoned visually with a few different floor levels. By using different levels, or simply different flooring, there can be a lovely clear sense of a room within a room.
  • Divide and rule. That can be done via glass doors which will separate the sleeping area from the seating zone.
  • Create an area for the kids. There could be a clever way of compromise between the needs of the little ones and the grown-ups. Placing a sofa that can coexist very happily with a kids play space may differentiate the zones in the same space.
  • Every inch counts. As per definition, not all open-plan spaces are large. So it is a good way to consider hiding the home office in a cupboard for example.