Creating the perfect outdoor nook with Hayley Andersen and Kyle Hunter
Open-plan spaces are becoming one of the most sought-after features in modern homes. We’re big fans too – they help increase the surface area and integrate two different environments into one functional space. If your kitchen and dining or living space is open plan, you’re in the right place! All you need to do now is to make the interior look stylish and ensure it retains that wonderful sense of airy spaciousness. Let’s take a look!
Establish different light sources
Light is a great way to differentiate spaces and create the right ambiance for every occasion. Good options include ceiling lights over the kitchen island or countertop bar dining area, combined with floor or table lamps in the lounge to set the tone for those cosy home cinema sessions on the sofa.
Neutral base with touches of colour
To really enhance that sense of light and spaciousness in the kitchen and living spaces, use neutral colours or tones from the same colour palette. Add a splash of colour with accessories such as cushion covers, pictures, or even colourful bar stools.
Practical and decorative accessories
Kitchen accessories can be game-changing in creating a modern vibe and clearly yet subtly connecting with general style. Keep a few designer cutting boards or wooden jars out on show and they’ll tie in nicely with the wooden furniture theme in your dining and living room.
Divide spaces without using walls
If you want to differentiate areas within an open plan space, choose a great rug. One trick is to find sofa cushions to match the rug as this will bring a sense of harmony to the room.
The big question: where to put the sofa
Deciding how to place the sofa will influence the distribution of the whole room. If you want to make the living space more independent of the kitchen, place the sofa with its back to the kitchen. But if you’d prefer to keep it all more connected, keep the space between the living room and the kitchen opened up. And if you want the freedom to change the room around as you please, your best bet is a modular sofa.