Open-plan kitchens are becoming increasingly popular, and with good reason: they suit our more informal, modern lifestyles perfectly. They’re great for when you’re entertaining and work just as well on week nights where you’re cooking the family dinner and still want to help your kids with their homework.
But, decorating an open-plan living space can come with its challenges: you’ll want to give the different zones their own flair, while ensuring that the entire space has a cohesive look. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can achieve this and, to help you out, we’re going to give you our top tips. Read on to find out more.
Choose a simple colour palette
With an open-plan living space, it’s best to start with a blank canvas that has a simple colour palette. Then, you can slowly build on this to achieve the look you’re going for.
When you’re painting your walls, opt for a neutral tone. Then, you can switch up your soft furnishings, decorative details, and even your furniture to revamp your décor without having to go through the rigmarole of repainting. White, cream, and grey are all great choices.
White walls, in particular, are a fail-safe — they have an undeniably modern vibe (which is all the rage at the moment), and they do a fantastic job of brightening a space. They don’t have to be boring, either. You can play with textured wallpaper and different paint finishes to achieve the look you’ve envisioned. And, you’ll have the freedom to do whatever you like with the rest of your décor.
Use small details to tie the space together
Successfully tying an open-plan space together is all in the details. So, you might have cushions on your sofa that match the colour scheme of a painting that’s hanging in your dining area. Or, you might decide to make sure all of the hardware in your home — from the door knobs on your kitchen cupboards to the metal legs on your coffee table — co-ordinate.
The kitchen can often seem like the hardest room to tie into a space that’s decorated in a cohesive way, but that doesn’t have to be the case. You’ll just have to put a bit more thought into making sure that the living area of your home is also stylish.
If you’ve decided on a colour scheme for your open-plan home and have started to pepper decorative details throughout, you can do the same with your kitchen accessories. Tea towels, knife blocks, chopping boards, draining racks, and fruit bowls can all be bought in a wide range of different colours. Or, if you’re confident that you’ll be sticking with your colour scheme for the foreseeable future, you could even opt for kitchen appliances that fit in with this.
If you’re looking to give your kitchen a complete overhaul, why not invest in a cooker in your chosen colour? Britannia Living offers a service that allows you to order a range cooker in any colour of your choice. They have a tool that lets you choose your colour manually, or you can send them an item such as a kitchen tile, cushion cover, or piece of fabric that you would like them to match the colour of your cooker to.
Create plenty of storage space to keep things neat and tidy
Your open-plan living space will be used for everything from cooking your family’s meals to helping your kids with their homework but, if you aren’t careful, it can begin to look very cluttered very quickly. To help give yourself the best chance of keeping things neat and tidy, you’ll want to have plenty of storage options.
Multi-purpose furniture is fantastic for this: you can find coffee tables, sofas, pouffes and more with hidden storage, where you can put anything you need to hide from sight. Resource Furniture is a brand that’s well-known for its innovative and space-saving designs. So, it’s well worth browsing their selection of storage solutions for inspiration.
Although open-plan spaces work well for modern life, they can be difficult to decorate. But, these tips should help to make the process a lot easier for you. By sticking to a simple colour palette, tying your space together with decorative details, and making sure you have plenty of storage, you should have no trouble creating a home you’re proud to show off to your friends and family.