With the rise in popularity of open plan living, people are now choosing to cook, relax and entertain in the same space. This can lead to a lovely cohesive design flow throughout the home, but it also means that it can be more difficult to differentiate between each area. Zoning is a valuable technique, allowing you to navigate between the different areas of your home with ease and give each part its own sense of identity. Below, we round up our top 4 tips to help you incorporate zoning into your design plans.
Use Flooring To Zone Your Home
Using floor tiles to create zoned areas helps to differentiate between spaces and is a fantastic way to mark out boundaries. Plus, the options are endless when it comes to flooring in your zoning areas – use distinctive tiles to draw the eye to a key feature in the room, or different shades of tiles to create the illusion of more space. Patterned floor tiles, such as those in our Cuban
range, are a great way to make a statement hallway space, whereas dining rooms are usually more suited to a wood-effect tile, such as those in our Aspenwood
Zone Through Furniture Arrangement
Strategically placed furniture is the most popular and practical way to zone within the home. Careful arrangements of your furniture means subtle divisions are created that are not obvious or overbearing. A freestanding shelving unit or a display cabinet can be used to simulate a wall whilst letting light through. If you choose to have a kitchen island or a breakfast bar, positioning the seating at the boundary of your zone helps to establish the separate zones. Get the look below with our Havana
patterned floor tiles with coordinating Bayamo
plain tiles – an ideal combination for zoning.
Consider Your Lighting When Zoning
The location and direction of your lighting has a significant effect on zoning your areas. Well thought out lighting has always been an important aspect to consider in any architectural design, especially in areas like the kitchen where clever lighting allows for optimal use of the space. Kitchen lighting tends to be quite bright, whereas sitting rooms and bedrooms tend to have softer, more ambient lighting. Dining tables often have a large feature light overhead. Using lighting in this way is a great way to break a space up. Inspired by our zoning images below? Have a look at our Rock
Add Defining Details To Help With Zoning
As the saying goes – it’s all in the detail! Small items are important and can inject some real personality into the home. Books in the living room, somewhere to place your keys in the entrance hall or a small table with perfumes in your bedroom are all perfect examples of small details that really define a space and give it a real identity. Get the zoning look below with our Gemini Wood
collection available in 4 contrasting colours and 2 size options.
We hope our blog has inspired you to think about how you can use zoning in your home. Our favourite technique is definitely using tiles to create distinct zones through pattern, colour and texture, but we’d love to hear what you think! Let us know how you get on, via our social media pages on Facebook and Instagram.