With the popularity of ‘open plan’ Interiors as an architectural & interior style NOT going anywhere soon, I thought it would be great to chat to one the masters of Interior Styling, Lucy Glade-Wright, Hunting for George Co-Founder, about how to pull this all together … making your interior space balanced and a place you will love every day!
Lucy considers those who have an ‘open plan’ space really lucky, as she believes you have so many options available to ‘play with’, but you also will have some “tough decisions have to be made about how you would love it to work.” Below I share some stunning images from their new ‘Welcome Home’ Collection which I have shared on the blog, along with a few tips to help you along the way.
Decide on the use of the space
Lucy suggests you think about ‘how‘ you want the space to be utilised. Items to consider …
- Do you want a formal dining area as well as a informal living area?
- Do you need to integrate a bedroom into your living space?
- Once you can get an understanding of how you want the space to be used then you can start to plan your zones.
- When considering zones, think about how you will access them.
- Which areas will be accessed most regularly and which ones require more privacy?
I suggest to sit down and ‘map it out’ and consider your day to ay living style, take the time to reflect on this over a few days.
Create Zones in your Open Plan Interior space
When you know the different areas you wish to create you need to be able to differentiate them because you don’t have walls to do that for you in an open plan environment. This can be achieved by a few cleaver tricks below…
Floor Rugs – How to work them in your space
A great way to do this is through the use of floor rugs, I absolutely love them and have them featured heavily in my home. ” By placing a rug on the floor you create a grounding base. A great way to also play with rugs is to ‘layer’ them up, use multiple rugs in one space, make sure they work harmoniously together,” she shares. This can be achieved by mixing up textures and patterns. Mixing up the shape of your floor rugs is also a great way to create interest on the floor, as a circular rug is a great way to break up repetitive rectangular shapes. Shop the look here at Hunting for George.
The importance of the ‘correct’ furniture for your space
Furniture is also a great way block off areas and set the tone for the space, that goes without saying. Lucy shares, “Your choice of Dining Table, Couch, Bed and Armchair are important and their size especially! If your informal living area is more important to you than the dining area, then make the size of your furniture reflect that. Don’t forget to get the measuring tape out. It’s so important to be able to visualise how big or small your furniture will appear in the space.”
I would suggest to honestly take you time in this department if you can! Furniture and the placement of it can ‘make or break’ the flow of a room. If you’re after quality, it’s a big investment and not one you want to make a mistake on! There’s plenty of Hunting for George furniture inspo here.
Creating Privacy in Open Plan Interiors
The one thing an open plan Interior unfortunately doesn’t give you is privacy, so you’re going to need to create your own room dividers. “These can be as significant as you want, “ Lucy shares with me. At Hunting for George they are BIG lovers of indoor plants, and admit to loving using tall plants and trees indoors to provide some privacy. Their ‘go-to’ plants are a Ficus or Strelitzia, “as they love the indoors and provide generous coverage,” Lucy says. Otherwise she suggests to try integrating curtains to divide the area if you can, or use a taller shelving piece such as a bookcase filled with plants and personal belongings to create privacy and give your space a personal touch.
Hunting for George really are the masters of Interior Styling wouldn’t you agree … how incredible are these images! Shop their latest collection here. Thanks for the chat Lucy!
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