Open plan your house

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Definition of the Open Plan house: take your open space and redefine your living areas to ensure home trends don’t leave you out in the air.

Australian home owners have had a long relationship with open plan living but as trends move forward 2017 is set to be a year of definition, when interiors transition to a more defined allocated sense of life and areas have a set purpose again.

Defined living spaces are in resurgence because combining kitchen, living, dining and even study areas into the same shared space is really impractical, but there are ways to reintroduce purpose and privacy to a space.

While an entire structural change may be an expensive undertaking, you don’t necessarily need to take such drastic measures.

Multipurpose living spaces can be defined by colour, furniture and lighting, the zones created mimicking those of traditional living spaces without disturbing airflow or harmony of design.

An addition of a floor rug or furniture artfully arranged to create defined areas can be the most effective way to create zones.

Define an area with a double sided sideboard or separate the kitchen from the dining area with a moveable island bench.

By utilising finishes that contrast each other, such as timber for the dining area and modern materials for the kitchen efficiently, defines one area is for preparation and the other for consumption.

Soft fabric lounges and colour coding in the television area can also denote spacial allocation.

For shared bedrooms try mimicking furniture. The duplicity of two identical beds, wardrobes and desks denotes two spaces.

For spacious main bedrooms a tall bedhead paired with a luxurious ensemble mattress can work as a perfect space divider separating living and sleeping areas.

Storage furniture can also be a classy way to separate locations, and it gives you an opportunity to show interesting items – your favourite book or family photos.