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Broken-plan living: the new trend

By Pip Raven

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Had your fill of open-plan? Then it might be a good time to consider the new interior trend – broken-plan living. We take a look at a few properties we have on our books that are adopting the new look, while our Earls Court Sales Manager, Robert Swann, explains what it’s all about.

Vicarage Crescent, Battersea, SW11
Photograph: Vicarage Crescent, Battersea, SW11 - £1,545,000

Robert: “A new interior trend that is increasing in popularity is broken-plan living. Its emergence is attributed to further development of the open-plan living trend, with some moving away from having one large open space in favour of creating more division between the different ‘zones’ in their property.”

This three bedroom apartment demonstrates broken-plan living perfectly, with the ground floor being divided into separate zones through use of steps and partitions. The lack of complete walls means that the whole floor benefits from the light that comes through the part-glazed roof in the kitchen area and the large window towards the front of the property.

Mendora Road, Fulham, SW6
Photograph: Mendora Road, Fulham, SW6 - £995 pw (£4,312 pcm)

Robert: “Partitions, steps and changes in décor divide up the space without compromising on the amount of light you have in an open-plan layout, or the social aspect of being able to move easily throughout the areas of the property. This also makes broken-plan living perfect for entertaining.”

The change in decor clearly separates the rooms in this four bedroom mid-terrace house, with different colour floors and walls that still complement one another. The absence of doors makes the dining room easily accessible from the kitchen, making the space ideal for dinner parties.

Roland Mansions, South Kensington, SW7
Photograph: Roland Mansions, South Kensington, SW7- £3,650,000

Robert: “Broken-plan living is also incredibly flexible, with people being able to create as much or as little division between different areas as they like, dependent upon personal preference. This could be as simple as including one or two partitions or pillars to create a slight distinction between separate areas.”

The striking exposed brickwork section of the wall in this three bedroom apartment creates a focal point for the room. It acts as a separation point between the two seating areas, but doesn’t detract from the amount of space in this expansive reception room.

 Mount Pleasant Hill, Clapton, E5
Photograph: Mount Pleasant Hill, Clapton, E5, - £1,300,000

Robert: “By moving away from the more traditional rooms and instead embracing the idea of ‘zones’, broken-plan living offers the best of both open spaces and enclosed rooms, providing distinct areas for separate functions while still possessing all the benefits of open-plan living.”

Set over two floors of a warehouse conversion, this stunning two bedroom apartment utilises the design of the building for a fantastic sense of space while having some separation between zones. Pillars and varying ceiling heights provide some distinction while still allowing natural light to flow throughout.

If you're searching for a new home, then take a look at what other properties we have available for sale and to let around London. For more stylish interior trends, take a look at our Home Inspiration section.

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