1. Divide up your space with colour
The key to making an open-plan living space work is skilful zoning. In other words, you need to decide which functions different areas of the space need to perform and then decorate them accordingly.
You might, for example, want to create different areas for eating, cooking, relaxing, entertaining and working, each with their own specific requirements and atmosphere.
You can use furniture and rugs to help mark out these different spaces, but the most effective – and affordable – way to instil order in an open-plan space is to block out areas using various colours. with natural fabrics, such as cotton and linen for a look that’s calm yet comfortable.
2. Open-plan kitchen with green wall
The easiest way to create a harmonious open-plan scheme is to pick one or two colours and use different tones of these colours throughout the entire scheme.
For example, you might paint the kitchen walls in pale grey, moving to a darker, more dramatic shade of green for the dining area and a softer, more relaxing green for the living area.
Using the same accent colours across all areas is another smart way to tie the scheme together – so make sure you match your cushions to your kitchen utensils.