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Published on March 24th, 2021 | by The GC Team

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A guide to broken-plan living from Scavolini

If recent events have taught us anything, it’s that we all need personal space to work, relax and re-energise. Open-plan living has many advantages, but it doesn’t allow for that element of privacy many us are craving right now. Enter the broken-plan layout, which retains the spaciousness of open plan, but introduces an element of separation. Fabiana Scavolini, CEO of Scavolini, reveals five clever ways to “divide and conquer”

Partition with a pocket
Divide up your space with a pocket door that slides back and disappears into a recessed compartment within the wall. The benefit of this is that part of the room can be closed off when peace and quiet are required. This is ideal if you work from home and want to avoid being distracted by whatever is going on in the adjoining room.

Above: The BoxLife collection configured as a central block separating the kitchen-diner from the sleeping area. Kitchen doors in Mineral Green and retractable doors in an oak veneer finish.

Divide with glass
Glazing is a great way to divide a large space (below left) whilst creating a strong link between adjoining rooms. A glass partition also allows natural light to flow – even when the doors are closed – plus, it doesn’t block sightlines. Another advantage of being able to see from one room to the next is that it has a space-stretching effect.

The Carattere kitchen with Mink gloss lacquer doors and Grigio Billiemi marble worktop. Above the hob, the Opus wall panel has hooks, shelves and containers suspended from it.

Take your design to the next level
Split-level layouts (above right) are an effective means of creating a visual distinction between the kitchen and living areas. A couple of steps to separate the two spaces is enough to create a broken-plan scheme, although a mezzanine floor makes better use of space if you have a lofty roof and a healthy budget! 

The Mood kitchen with Bromine Grey Fenix NTM worktops and doors. It features a breakfast bar and back panel in Jaipur Elm laminate.

How about a half wall?
A half wall is ideal for people who would prefer to partially divide their open-plan space. This a good way to achieve separation but still allow for sociability. These walls also help to retain sight lines while providing additional wall space to play with.

Above: BoxLife collection with pocket doors in Oxide Steel, kitchen wall units in Garden Walnut melamine and base units in Iron Grey matt lacquer. The space isdivided by the Fluida Wall System in Garden Walnut melamine and Iron Grey matt lacquer, which is fitted with a revolving TV.

Instant impact
If making permanent, structural changes is not an option, there are still many ways in which you can achieve a broken-plan layout. Open-backed bookcases or shelving units can be used to create movable walls in an existing open-plan space (above). Styling tip: don’t overload the shelves – leave enough space to allow light to flow through. 

Above: Diesel Open Workshop kitchen featuring an island unit with Light Grey lacquered doors, Soft Steel finish supports and Voyage Silver laminate worktop. The worktop overhangs to create a breakfast bar. The doors on the sink run are Concrete Harlem textured melamine.

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