Open plan interiors: Four essential trends

PUBLISHED: 09:49 03 June 2016 | UPDATED: 09:49 03 June 2016

Shades Window Couture

Shades Window Couture


Make family home-life a breeze with perfectly planned open spaces crammed with practical features and more than a hint of style

All grown up

THE word ‘family’ does not have to mean your home becomes a shrine to primary coloured plastic and boasts a lifetime subscription to the Disney channel. You may often feel like you’re trapped in You’ve Been Framed on a loop but that is all the more reason to make sure there is a bit of grown-up space in which to reaffirm your sanity.

We’re not saying this space should come with a large ‘NO KIDS’ sign, on the contrary, an oasis of calm can go a long way towards coaxing over-active little minds into settling down and taking a break from the mayhem. And there is no better place to encourage these moments of calm than the dining room.

Give them a beanbag and a lap-tray and you’re just asking for it! Settle them into a civilised room and the dynamic may just change. We wouldn’t go as far as furnishing in pure white – calming as it may be – but Shades Window Couture show how you can create the right effect with harder wearing, darker fabrics on your dining chairs (far more ketchup proof), then let the windows radiate tranquillity…further away from felt tips and dirty little paws. Simple yet very effective.

Shades Window Couture. 54 Larkshall Road, Chingford, E4 6PD. 020 8498 5818

Join the dark side

SOMETIMES we just have to give in to the fact that darker colours hide chocolate coated little mitts far better. They say if you can’t beat them, join them, and what better way to put an end to the frenzy of wet-wipes that to install chocolate coloured doors?

There is absolutely no compromise on style with the stunning kitchens from Anderson Sinclair. Take this Islington Treviso design for example; the perfect mix of gorgeous warm woods (in a shade we like to refer to as cocoa camouflage) and masses of storage to show off your mountain of recipe books, alongside the abundance of artwork the little darlings insist you keep forever.

As with everything from Anderson Sinclair, each little detail is planned out exactly as you would like it, and will undoubtedly fit in with family life. Fussy eaters insisting on separate meals? Add an extra oven. Or perhaps your lack of sleep from night feeds calls for a state-of-the-art coffee maker? No problem. Whatever design you choose we highly recommend joining the dark side…Stormtrooper costume optional of course, although it may come in handy if things get messy!

Anderson Sinclair. Unit 13A, Oakwood Hill Industrial Estate, Loughton, IG10 3TZ. 020 8508 1941

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Heavy metal

METALLICS are the height of cool in pretty much every arena at the moment, so we’re not surprised to see that Contemporary Home Design are one step ahead of the game when it comes to interiors.

Adding a space-age kettle to your kitchen doesn’t really cut the mustard for this particular trend, but a back-drop of high-shine copper definitely does. Ultra-stylish and very hardwearing, this stunning mix of pure white gloss with a metallic sheen is perfect for family living.

It just goes to show you don’t have to compromise on style to accommodate your brood; the streamlined finish can be easily wiped down with no room for Jammy Dodger crumbs to hide! Fittings are minimal and the storage is all beautifully hidden away to avoid curious little fingers getting trapped. But best of all, there are gadgets-a-plenty to bring out your inner Masterchef and create great things with fish fingers. Fashionable, functional, and not a fridge magnet in site… what more could you ask for?

Contemporary Home Design. 120 Woodgrange Road, London, E7 0EW. 020 8472 1144

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Norse code

Scandinavian influences are popping up all over the place from crime thrillers to fresh cuisine. But more than ever we are taking the look into our homes combining the warmth of wood with quirky, yet clean designs that ooze personality.

Open plan is how this look works best; an overload of wood in a small room is more ‘sauna chic’ than on trend. This example from T-Space Architects is perfect with a mix of natural stone underfoot, a wall of glass to bring in the great outdoors, and of course the warm wooden ceiling.

There is space a-plenty to brighten up the mood with vibrant furniture and fabrics, and with such a neutral base, pretty much anything goes. Dress it up with more serious pieces or play it down for a relaxed family chill-out zone that can never really look cluttered…although it may be better to keep that trampoline outside. And if you don’t happen to have the space, let T-Space create it for you. Their free-thinking approach will help you discover the options you never knew were possible, and we love their approach that offers ‘flexibility to react to site conditions and changing hearts.’

T-Space Architects. The Corner House, 2 Grove Park, London, E11 2DL. 020 8989 7180

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