It was not that long ago that the kitchen wasn’t really a place to hang out in.
It was simply a utilitarian zone, for cooking and washing and cleaning.
Even when it was made to look nice – and it could be – the emphasis was very much on the practical. It was all about the work that went on in there and never any of the, well, fun.
Nowadays, we are beginning to see a different sort of kitchen emerging. The social space, the relaxation zone, the place where the whole family can kick back and get together.
But, simply knocking through the walls is only half the story.
You need to find some way of denoting which space is for what and there are various ways of achieving this.
An area rug or rugs, can be one of the simplest and most effective ways of denoting where one area in your open plan space begins and the other ends.
Can they be matching, with another area rug – of course! Do they have to be the same – absolutely not!
All we are looking for is something that blends them all together somehow with their overall surroundings.
USE OF COLOUR
The use of colour would be our primary method of shaping your open plan living space.
Whether you plump for a modern greyscale colour scheme or opt for a more traditional white or off white, the way to use colour around your open plan space is to do it sparingly, but to co-ordinate it.
This doesn’t mean that all the accessories have to be absolutely the same colour.
It could be a subtle thing, like the lampshade and the kitchen cabinets being the same shade, or a decorative mirror and the area rug sharing the same pattern.
Whatever you pick, whichever colour, or colours you go with, juxtaposing one or two dots of strong colour against a neutral backdrop, can give more of a wow effect than sheer colour can.
Consider the use of a fresh shade, like an apple green, across the kitchen diner space, but use it sparingly.
In other words, less is truly more when it comes to the use of colour in your open plan kitchen and living room.
But this does not mean everything has to be beige or white!
Of course, colour and rugs are only part of the equation. For more tips on open plan decoration or lightning style, check out our style blog.