The open-plan trend took the interior world by storm, creating sociable spaces for entertaining but now, when it comes to furnishing their ultra-modern open-plan space, people are stuck with the question: ‘what do I do with all this room?’. Introducing the broken-plan trend.

Broken-plan is the evolution of open-plan; it retains the sociable openness, whilst using clever layout solutions to make the most of the space, zoning to make distinct areas and allowing the option of more privacy within the open room should you want or need it.

Broken-plan isn’t just the perfect solution for large open spaces, but also for clever layout planning for those smaller family rooms, that you need to pack a lot into, without looking cluttered.

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Broken-plan allows the open room to be multi-functional. Partitioning the room so there are separate spaces for dining, living, cooking and even working or socialising, should you plan it into the layout.

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 Clever layout solutions are imperative for making the most out of your space. Bespoke bench storage not only provides a dining seat, but it can also continue on from the kitchen/island and provide super helpful extra storage. Win, win!

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Whilst bi-folds are great for connecting the indoors and outdoors and creating the ultimate entertaining area, large windows can also be just has handy in incorporating clever design into your broken-plan room. If the glazing is not being used as a door, it can be another place to add extra seating, and thus, zoning another area, whether it be for dining or relaxing purposes.

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Lighting is the unsung hero of layout planning. So often, spotlights are installed into new builds with no thought at all to the interior design. Clever lighting creates ambience, adds style and zones the distinct spaces of an open room. Pendants or a wall or floor lamp that hangs/leans over a dining space gives a more exclusive finish and makes the whole dining area feel cosier and more intimate.

Top tip: Layout commitment issues? Include adjustable wall lights so you aren’t pinned to one dining location.

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Another smart way to dissect your open-plan and bring it into the broken-plan trend is partitioning the room with shelving. This zones the room, adds storage solutions, gives opportunity for styling to give a curated finish to your interior and can also be a clever way to add your TV without making it the focal point of the room.

 Want more top tips on creating the perfect, family friendly space? Pop down to the Interior Styling Stage, sponsored by Crown Paints at 12pm or 2pm on Sunday 31st March to hear our full presentation!

Article by the team at My Bespoke Room 

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