Eat & Share London. By Born & Bred StudioEclectic Dining Room, London
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Create a rug-alike with tilesPatterned floor tiles are a no-brainer for adding interest to a plain kitchen-diner, but how to take it up a notch? How about laying your patterned tiles with a plain border, so that it looks like a rug? This works particularly well if you can frame a piece of furniture, such as a dining table, within the pattern.Tell us…Have you added pattern to your kitchen-diner? Share your photos and ideas in the Comments section
The key to storage success here, however, is that the space is linked to the dining room (this is the same room looking the other way), where two built-in dressers add an extra place for tableware, cookery books and other essentials. If you’re struggling to do without wall units in your own home, but like the look, think about other places you can store items. Prioritise those tools you use frequently and make space for them in the kitchen, while putting items used less frequently elsewhere.
Go fauxLove the idea of a rug but not the upkeep? It’s simple to create the look of a rug with tiles or vinyl flooring by choosing patterned tiles for the central area of the kitchen and plain ones for the edges. Get it just right by ensuring the patterned section has an edging tile, as in this room, and plot the rug’s position very, very carefully.Rugs in kitchens is a surprisingly divisive topic. Where do you stand on the idea? Tell us in the Comments section.
…or custom-build cupboardsWhen closed storage is essential, bespoke cupboards like these pack the biggest punch. The glass-doored top sections show off attractive accessories, while the cupboards below hide unsightly odds and ends. Giving each cupboard the same design and colour creates pleasing symmetry, even though many alcoves in old houses will be slightly different sizes. Along with the period styling and details on these cupboards, the potent, dark grey paint job also lends an industrial vibe to this period home.
Trick the eyeYou don’t actually need a fabric rug to get the look of this trend – you could think laterally and introduce floor tiles instead. From afar, this looks like an intricately patterned rug, but in fact it’s made up of hard-wearing tiles. This is a practical option in a high-traffic area – and perfect for underneath a dining table, as here – as it’s easy to mop clean and will have no curling edges over which to trip. A tile ‘rug’ is also a great way to zone an open-plan space.Check out these savvy ways to sneak a dining table into a tricky space