If you thought that open plan living spaces were here to stay, you will be relieved to know that they are quickly falling out of fashion in favor of what is now termed ‘broken plan living’. Although broken plan living still gives you the spacious and open feel of open plan living and dining areas, its broken nature means that you can divide your space into separate zones, achieving a cozier atmosphere.
· Install a Room Dividing Fireplace
Creating the area divisions in your broken plan living area can be difficult, especially if you are looking for a way to ensure that these dividers are able to blend in with the rest of the room. If you are struggling to find a useful and aesthetically pleasing room divider, installing a modern Bellfires London fireplace may be the best option for you. Room dividing fireplaces allow you to build warmth within the space and create a relaxing central feature that the family can gather around, all while giving you the opportunity to separate different zones of the room.
· Focus on the Lighting
One of the major issues in creating a broken plan living area that works is your ability to light the whole space appropriately, without one area being brighter than the rest. Your best option when it comes to light is to harness as much natural lighting as possible through floor-to-ceiling windows and internal windows to allow light to flow through the space easily. However, if this is not possible, you should consider boosting the ambient lighting with small light fixtures, or a central chandelier which can spread light around the room. If you want to create a different mood in each zone, you should look into investing in a light dimmer which can change the ambiance between areas.
· Utilize Levels
Levels are one of the best features of any broken-plan room, and one of the great distinguishers between them and open-plan options. Levels can create more space in your rooms and create an excellent design touch which draws attention to different parts of the room. However, they can also help to organize your space by splitting off each zone and creating defined separate spaces which you can use to socialize, dine or cook in.
· Use Islands
If you are looking for a way to make your broken plan room social and to create a central location where everyone can gather, the use of islands is a particularly popular option, especially if you are using part of your space as a kitchen. As well as providing storage facilities in the middle of the room, their multi-purpose nature means that you can use them for a variety of different activities, from eating and entertainment to hobbies and even work.
Broken plan rooms are a new must for families that struggled to come to terms with the noisy and impersonal spaces that open-plan living created. By using room dividers, levels, and islands, you will be able to create a great multi-purpose space for all of the family to enjoy.