Open plan living has become extremely popular in our homes in recent decades. It’s benefits are undeniable: - enables multiple functions to be performed in one area
- encourages sociable living
- creates a feeling of space - allows for better traffic flow
- allows light to travel
But it’s not for everyone. Open-plan layouts can: - reduce privacy and quiet spots
- reduce storage
- prove difficult to heat
- be noisy
- look messy - allow cooking smells to travel
The solution? Broken plan living.
A clever compromise that retains the aspects we love about open plan living (space, light, sociability, fluidity), but gives a sense of several inter-connected spaces, rather than one large one, allowing for an element of privacy and specific use.
Broken plan living can be achieved in several ways. Distinct zones can be created through the use of: - varying textures
- different wall, floor and ceiling finishes
- split levels
- different ceiling heights
- semi permanent partitions (bookcases, smart shelving, screens)
- half walls
- internal windows
- transparent doors
And of course, one of my favourite ways to ‘broken plan’: - bespoke double-sided fireplaces, like the one we used in this living/dining room. A creative way to create a cosy, private atmosphere in an essentially open room.
The level of broken plan can be as open or separated as you like. It’s a flexible solution to the problems thrown up by open plan living that can be tailored to your individual needs. And that of course is the most important thing... Whatever you decide: open or broken; semi permanent or permanent; half walls or doors... It has to work for you and your lifestyle.