Open plan living has become increasingly popular recently. People usually want to create an open plan space that is versatile for a modern family. Carefully designed areas can provide space for different activities while retaining the original features whether the property is contemporary or has period styling. It is helpful to get advice from an interior designer when planning a new open plan area as you need to make sure that spaces are zoned to allow tasks such as cooking, dining and relaxing to happen at the same time. Many people now decide to extend or redesign the layout of their existing living accommodation instead of moving house.
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Some period properties have high ceilings. Combine this with a new open plan layout and you will most likely be enjoying a lot of natural light in your new space. Light levels in low beamed interiors can be helped if the design incorporates roof lights or new windows. Opening up enclosed rooms to an open plan arrangement can make your home feel a lot larger, so your square footage will go a lot further.
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In the planning of a major renovation it is helpful to have professional input and advice on how to make sure you create separate ‘zones’ within your living space either by using different colour schemes, architectural features or flooring options and even lighting. Another tip to creating a welcoming open plan area is to create a focal point such as a fireplace, feature lighting, artwork or a mirror. You can even create the illusion of space with full height glass windows or doors that visually extend your living area to the outside.
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‘People should analyse their existing use of space and think how they could change it to better suit their daily lifestyle. Think about how your needs may change in the future, so that you can plan and create a flexible but practical living environment.’ Natasha Lade, Director Vanessa Grape.
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Vanessa Grape is an interior design consultancy. With first hand experience of house renovations and historic properties we enjoy helping our clients to create inspirational spaces. We offer a full design service for interiors – from the planning and design stage through to making bespoke soft furnishings, curtains and blinds from our design studio in Kent. We can also supply a wide range of fabrics and fittings to complement any style of interior.