Glenshaw MansionsContemporary Kitchen, London
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Create aesthetic continuityThere’s no doubt that a white backdrop can really open up a space and – if you have enough natural light – it’ll boost the effect (too little light and white risks looking sludgy). There are no problems on that front in this bright mansion flat, redesigned by Sean Ronnie Hill of RISE Design Studio. But colour and texture are what will add warmth. It can be tricky, though, to incorporate different elements without visually cluttering up an open-plan living area, especially when it’s the main space in a flat.Take a tip from here by dividing up different zones – helping the room to feel more spacious and multi-functional – but connecting them by choosing materials to reuse, in the style of a motif, around the whole area.
Opt for something differentWhen you’re teaming two floor materials, it’s often a good idea to make a feature of the contrast. The owners of this open-plan space have a distinctly separate kitchen area, made clear by the striking patterned tiles on the floor. They give a completely different look to the warm wood floor elsewhere, and the space looks both interesting and stylish.Discover some of the best broken-plan spaces on Houzz
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The steel beams and columns in the open-plan area were exposed and painted to match the grey of the kitchen tiles, bringing an industrial feel to the space.“These weren’t there originally, but were needed once the internal walls were removed,” explains Hill.
Integrate organic shapesProvide a pleasing counterpoint to all those crisp, modern corners with accessories of a more organic ilk.These pendant lights are made of tactile textured glass in an irregular shape that contrasts with the angular furniture and minimal kitchen. They also introduce a hint of shine, while the rest of the space is matt. Tiny details like this keep a contemporary scheme from feeling flat.Discover the best way to light up your kitchen island