House BloomsburyScandinavian Staircase, London
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Think outside the boxDon’t be afraid to come up with a unique solution that works just for you. “Inserting a small storage cupboard, utility room or staircase in the middle of a larger open-plan space can be a really effective way to add useful space while creating a broken-plan effect,” Micah says.Tell us…Have you gone for broken-plan living, and are you happy with the layout? Share your thoughts and experiences in the Comments section.
Think about the big picture Designers don’t make any decisions without having a plan to work to. Prioritise what work needs to be done and, if the budget won’t allow everything to be done in one go, carry out parts of the project in stages. When establishing a plan of work, it’s really important to think about the future and not just now. It can be easy to design your home in a way that works for small children, for example, but pretty quickly you’ll find yourself with a houseful of teenagers and your completely open-plan layout might not work so well.
Inject colour…Still on a film theme, this poster is a standout feature of a cool architectural interior in white and statement black. The way the curvaceous image and type contrast with the precise horizontal and vertical lines of the rest of the space works brilliantly.Note how the white frame blurs the division between wall and poster, helping focus the onlooker on the poster’s content.Check out more interior Crittall-style windows
Think aheadTry to plan for the future and not just now. Consider how you can make sure your property accommodates your own changing needs, or evolves as your children grow. For example, an open-plan layout is great for keeping an eye on younger kids, but might need to be adapted when teenagers want more privacy. A solution would be to design a flexible space where you can add doors or dividers at a later date.Find out how to design a ‘broken-plan’ layout
Demarcate with glazingGlass screens can be an attractive and versatile way to divide a living room or bedroom. Here, a dining room is divided from the kitchen and hallway by Crittall-style windows that keep it separate from the rest of the living space without blocking the light.In a busy household, this is a good way to create the perfect balance between privacy and shared space.More ways to use glass in your home
Choose a wall that’s not solidYou don’t have to block out light when creating room divides. Crittall-style glass walls are a fantastic way of dividing a room while still letting the light through. You can also use glass blocks as a dividing wall, which won’t let as much light through but will create more privacy. For bedrooms, consider the hi-tech option of switchable glass, which changes from opaque to translucent at the flick of a switch.Considering glass doors? Check out what Crittall-style windows have to offer