Open plan living
In the zone
Why limit your self to a one-function room? With some clever jigging of furniture and a flourish of furnishings you can master the art of zoning - shaping your space into perfect little pockets to dine, relax, work and play in.
Room for all
With a little imagination the lounge can be so much more than 'the tv room'. A flexible sofa - like this chaise-end style or even a sofa bed - is still the centre of attention but you can craft other zones from here. A kids corner or desk-come-dining table perhaps?
Creating rooms-within-a-room is easier than you might think. A stylish screen or divider will do it, or a larger piece of furniture like a sideboard or storage unit can also be used to define a living room and dining space. Savvy smart lighting helps set the mood in each zone.
Tips for seating and eating spaces
Greet. Seat. Eat. Repeat.
Ah, the kitchen-diner. Perfect for family feasting, but how do you separate the dining space from the commotion of the kitchen? Cue an under-the-table rug and statement light for the ultimate define-dining.
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Featured in this look
Often forgotten, a neat cheat to flexible family living is in the very corner of your room. Smart shelving-come-desks are ideal for compact corners, giving you a space to work in any room of your home.
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