The trend du jour in the interior design world right now is
zoning - which means separating areas according to their
function. The trend has gained momentum thanks to the
increase in open plan living and dual use rooms.
The modern household has a variety of needs and so a clever way
to create sub-spaces, which cater for these different needs, is to
Zoning areas of your home can re-invent your rooms without
having to change the overall layout of your house - it's an example
of interior design that has been used for a long time in commercial
spaces such as fashion stores and restaurants to create different
atmospheres in one place.
Take the kitchen for example. In this room we now cook,
entertain, dine and socialize. The bedroom has also become more
than a place to sleep, for many it's a study or dressing room
too. The trick for making the most of multifunctional rooms
is zoning and here's how to do it!
- Define the zones - decide what areas in a room should be
designated to functionality and what areas should be social.
- Lighting - clever lighting can break up a room and direct the
eyes to see a section of the room as a different space with a
different function. A dining area with feature lighting above
a table will clearly separate it from the cooking area in a kitchen
- Colour - blocks of colour are the best way to separate a
room. In the kitchen you can contrast the stark, white
functional kitchen units with a softer wood island or breakfast bar
to showcase the social areas of your kitchen.
- Statement piece - some artwork or accent wallpaper in one area
will signify a place to relax and again draw the eye away from the
functional area of the room
- Furniture - the easiest way to zone is to use your furniture
cleverly. In the bedroom, for example use an inviting chaise
long to separate the office from the cosy sleeping space.