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Zoning open plan kitchen diners

The big appeal of an open plan kitchen and dining room is for the cook to remain part of the action when preparing family meals or entertaining.

Contemporary family life requires us to have flexible living spaces, so we are often drawn to spacious open plan rooms. Yet faced with a large blank canvas they can be tricky spaces to make work. “The trick is to create zones for different activities”, says Elaine Skinner of Hops and Camellias & Co.

Paint – Relatively easy to apply, most of us can give it a go! Here we used Slaked Lime Dark from Little Greene (£73.50 for 5L) to zone the open plan kitchen area and create a cosy, cocooning mood that is separate to the dining zone.

Wallpaper – This is a fantastic way to add subtle texture, colour and a touch of glamour to an open plan kitchen all in one hit. Here we used Jane Churchill Astral in Midnight (£79 per roll) to give the dining area a rich, sophisticated look.

Cushions – introduce bespoke cushions on a corner sofa to add a luxurious, boutique touch, as well as a practical place for the family or dinner guests to relax. We used Harlequin’s Leonide Perla fabric (£75 per metre) to add some luxe texture and create a functional seating area in the kitchen that links the open plan space.

Blinds – If curtains are not practical, then opt for Roman blinds. Here we used two different but toning fabrics by Zoffany to zone the kitchen and dining areas within the same room. Moonsilk (left) £103 per metre and Atmosfera (right) £137 per metre.

Make use of Hops and Camellias & Co.’s walk-in showroom service to get expert colour, fabric and wallpaper advice for your own makeover project. The team are always happy to help and recommend fabrics, paint colour schemes and help you pick out wallpapers to tie everything together.