How to make the most of open plan living

Open plan living is most certainly the new way to live. New builds are embracing it, older builds are being remodeled to include it and it’s top of the property wish-list. A open plan living space is perfect for those families, social butterflies and those who love the idea of wall-less living. It creates unlimited space, and one that can chop, change and house everything and anything you want. It’s somewhere everyone can come together without anyone being left behind.

In a world where children can spend hours playing computer games, and adults slaving over a hob, a open space allows everyone to be together, even when everyone is just doing their own thing.

But how do you really make the most out of wall-less spaces? How do you make open plan living work in the usual, maybe even small UK home?

Having had a open plan Kitchen, dining, living space, I share some top tips to create the perfect open living space.

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Invisible Zones

Even in open spaces, having ‘zones’ helps divide the space and utalise it as much as possible. This is really important when creating a useful yet flowing open plan living space. The zones don’t have to be visible, but defined by furniture and style. Using a sofa or a counter top as a ‘wall’ between your living space and dining area is a popular way to divide the space whilst keeping it open and spacious.

When thinking of the entire space as individual zones can help break down the space to decorate, furnish and style. This is highly recommend when struggling to dress you open plan living space.

Tip : Use rugs to create visually pleasing ‘zones’ if wanting a true divide.

Adaptive furniture

Open plan living lends well to versatile furniture that can chop and change depending on what you’re using the space for. Like dining tables that can extend or coffee tables that turn into a desk. With every piece that you include in your open space, consider how it can be used for different occasions and uses.

Coordinating colour scheme

When it comes to decorating your open space, consider it as one, cohesive room. Make sure each zone carries something of the same colour scheme, palette or material. This is so important when creating that flowing, stylish space. This doesn’t mean you can’t create a different mood for your living area or dining zone. Instead, just adopt other colours, tones and finishes that work with that underlying, recurrent decor.

Embrace light

As with any space, embracing natural light and implementing more when needed is really important to creating a balanced space. Ensure natural light is being maximized with mirrors and reflective surfaces. Inject moody or soft lighting with lamps, standing lights and dimmer switches.

Open living spaces are a modern example of utilizing space and being versatile with your home. Whether it be a socializing space, a family area or cosy all in one spot, open plan living is a well invested floorplan staple for modern living.

Do you have a open plan living space? How do you style yours? Get commenting below.

Pantone colours to use in your home this Spring

Let’s make our home that little bit spring like shall we? As we edge closer to warmer, brighter days ( not speaking too soon as we did have a flurry of snow just the other week ), we are all seeking brighter, more airy homes. Am I right?

I tend to update textures and accents tones throughout my home during spring in a bid to make my home a little more inviting in the lighter days. Cushion covers and blankets are usually the first things to get a revamp when wanting to update the colours in my space.

So what tones and colours should you incorporate into your home this spring? Here’s some of Spring 2019 most popular Pantone colours to embrace.

Opt for Pastels

Most of the colours that you will see in this post feature more subtle, kind, pastel like hues that are perfect for this Spring / Summer season. Whilst you may not want to completely re-decorate your home, you may want to incorporate these different tones of a colour to revamp your home in line to a new season.

Many of the pastel colours featured are so easy to incorporate into current colour schemes including grey. Whilst Grey is still ever popular, the trend is now evolving to include other tones of colours too.

But don’t be scared to go dark

Many believe that dark colourings can make a space feel smaller, and you’d be right in thinking so. But adding a touch of dark, deeper tones into your home can actually do the opposite. Using deep colours of the below can really make a large room feel cosy, and small spaces feel expansive.

I have picked out some gorgeous dark hues that you should consider this Spring, all of which will make great feature walls or even a overall colour to spaces within your home.

Mustard

This by no way is a fresh tone to incorporate, much rather its been a steady trend that has been building momentum. As trends have lent towards the more retro style, mustard has found a place within every home. Whether you intent to use a vibrant shade, or use the colour to compliment another, mustard is a great SS19 hue to adopt in your space.

If you like the mustard tones, but don’t want to over do it, consider adding unconventional ‘mustard’ tones into your space with the use of gold / brass. Updating curtain rails, lamp bases and mirror / photo frames to the brassy / gold tones is a great way to incorporate mustard without using wall paint.

Greens

Because Greens really are in this season, especially when wanting to bring the outdoors into your home.

Out of all the hues that I have showcased in this post, the greens are my favorite. They are easy to incorporate with current colour schemes, go with other stunning colours that I have featured, and have enough tone variation to be their own scheme in themselves. We for one are opting for Greens this season and for our upcoming re-decoration.

Tip: Want to create some depth. Use 5757 as a feature wall and lighten with the 7493

Blues

I LOVE a blue, and over the last few seasons, dark and subtle levels of blue have been encroaching on interior trend. And whilst previously believing blue was a colour only to be used in bathrooms and baby bedrooms, I have started a huge love affair with blue.

The gorgeous blue hues taking center stage this season are for anywhere in your home, and some of these stunning picks will be perfect for your space this SS19.

Pink

Pink is certainly a shade that I have been trying to adopt into our home where possible. Unfortunately it’s a hue that many of us avoid, and myself personally have been wary to incorporate in my home, at the risk of making the whole place feel too feminine.

It’s important to make a shared home a space both of you feel a reflection in mood and taste and honestly, too much pink is not my husbands style.

Yet, with the love for pastels this season, pink is certainly a hue that can be incorporated with other tones too. These gorgeous selections can easily be adopted into soft furnishings, or rather a contrasting shade against a pretty dull grey combination.

Tip : Pink is a gorgeous pastel that looks stunning against soft Greens or dark blues. Great if you want to add a feminine touch to a neutral space.

I love chatting interiors and even more so when looking to spruce, update or transform your space. As mentioned, we are overhauling our living space to incorporate more colour and these stunning colours are slowly being featured across our home!

Will you be making your home spring into colour this season? Are you looking to incorporate more colour? Any that take your fancy? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Why not read some of my other Home Interior posts:

How to bring the outdoors into your home
SS19 Home Interior Trends
How to use mirrors well in your home
Upgrade your kitchen whatever your budget

SS19 Interior Trends – What to look out for & incorporate to your home

Spring, for most of us, is the time of year we all fancy a home shake up. Tidy the home, move things around, even take on small or big, home DIYs we have been mulling over since Winter began. Yes, Spring is the time many of us tackle our home and make improvements. And perfectly so. I do like to transform my colour palette just a little to make way for the sunnier, brighter and warmer tones that come with Spring Summer.

But what’s on trend this year? Here’s some of the interior trends you should look out for and use through your home.

Sustainability – Less is more

It’s never been more on trend than to be sustainable. With many of us being more conscious of our impact on the environment through the items we buy. Whether it be our food choice, clothes purchases and even our home upgrades. This season, well this year, will see a huge surge in homeowners being more conscious with the spaces they are creating and the items they purchase to create the perfect space.

Less is defiantly more, and with minimal colour and multiple tonnes, sustainability is certainly a trend you want to sport this season.

Here’s some sub categories falling under sustainability you should consider when upgrading your home decor.

Serine Scandi

This is an updated look with lots of emphasis on texture and pattern. This the perfect styled back look that can create a space oozing with effortless style and truly inviting. If you are looking for a serine space with relaxation the key, this is just the style you want to nab this season.

Consider creating your own texture through the use of homemade cushion covers and recycled textures. Don’t be shy to embrace natural wood neither because……


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All Natural – Light wood is back!

Yes, you heard right, light natural wood is on the comeback and that’s thanks to many of us wanting to create that open, airy and bright space similar to sustainable homes.

Ash, bleached wood is a great material to incorporate into your home this season.

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Modern country style

This isn’t the first year this style has been back around, yet this year does seem the turning point. With retailers like Neptune and Next all offering stunning ranges of Modern Country, it’s the perfect style to incorporate in any home needing a refresh and one that is timeless.

I love modern country pieces. Painted cladding is a perfect alternative if wanting to add some character into your room, and looks stunning in dining areas and bedrooms.

Other modern style accents include the following….

Image Credit: Amara.com

Image Credit: Amara.com

Floral Prints

Its never been more modern nor timeless to decorate with floral prints. Keep it subtle with pops of floral patterns on cushions and soft furnishings. Prints in slimline frames is another great way to inject some floral fusion without being too empowering.

Huxley Painted Ladder Shelves
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Painted Wood

Painted wood furniture is bang on trend and suitable for any home and space needing some timeless furniture. If you’re looking to upgrade your tatty or cheap pieces and want something that will last nor age, painted wood furniture is just your style.

High street stores like Next , Neptune home and Dunelm offer stunning pieces suitable to any budget. The best part of painted wood? You can look to alter the colour years down the line by painting yourself.


Subtle Tropical

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This is a trend we all need to embrace, especially for Spring / Summer. We’ve seen a huge increase in palm leaf prints and tropical injections of colour over the last year or two. This year it’s been toned down, and I’m all here for it.

The gorgeous fusion of subtle colours, leafy prints and softer hues make this a stunning look to incorporate this season. You could even inject this look into your patio area of conservatory for a updated spark of summer.

These are just some of the trends that you should consider for your home this Spring / Summer. As you can see, just sprucing up some cushions to a more on trend colour or pattern, or investing in furniture pieces that will withstand any change in trend is just what you may need this summer for your home.

What trends are you interested in? Are you investing in your home this spring / summer? As always, let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.