Formal dining rooms appear to be a thing of the past, as more and more of us opt for the convenience of open plan living.
From warehouse apartments to modern extensions on conventional homes, this style of home lends itself to an eclectic interior design, and can provide room for larger furniture.
Big wooden tables and cabinets will give your main living space a rustic feel, and incorporating furniture made from reclaimed materials will really complement an industrial space, or provide the perfect balance to offset a modern, minimalist backdrop.
Not all open plan rooms have the luxury of space so make use of multi-tasking furniture. If your living room is on the small side, it could be worth investing in a table that can double as a place to eat and a home office, like this Astoria metal desk from Barker and Stonehouse. Drawers underneath provide a handy storage solution, and the two swing seats attached to one side of the table are a really unusual, eye-catching design.
If you prefer to have mini rooms within your open plan living area, there’s no need to stick to the same materials throughout – have fun incorporating all your design ideas. Try natural stone or perhaps vinyl on the dining floor, then cosy things up in the living space with thick carpet or large rugs.
Mix and match chairs with your table for a feeling of spontaneity; I’ve combined the Astoria desk with the Egon chairs made from beautiful, soft brown leather. These come on wheels, making them easy move around your open-plan space.
The Dime Tolix bar stool has become an icon of industrial design and the iron frame is given a distressed, painted finish – choose from blue, red or beige or go for all three for a colourful feel.
Open-plan living can sometimes feel a little cold, so bring it to life with colourful artwork and bold, bright accessories. Ethnic fabrics are still very popular, the Persian Patchwork Kelim cushions and Persian rugs from Barker and Stonehouse bring an eclectic feel.
Bring in fun-yet-functional accessories like the Smarty iron roman clock, with roman numerals framed within domed, coloured glass. A big theme at the moment is chalkboards, they make the perfect place for doodles or to-do lists, or a blank canvas to create temporary artworks if you’re of an artistic nature.