Blurring boundaries in the home

Posted 29 April 2016 by Isla MacFarlane

Whether it is bringing the outside in or creating a connection between two rooms, homeowners are breaking down the boundaries to make the most of their space. 

Homes are now all-purpose; people live, work and entertain from within the same four walls.                      

Emma Foster, senior marketing manager for Mira Showers, explains: “Houses are now being built with the consideration that rooms will be used in multiple ways. While the space may originate as an office room it also needs to be adaptable so that it can also be used as a spare room. The increase in multi-generational living also means that different spaces in the need to be suitable for all ages.”

The way people view their home is changing. They are no longer looking at individual rooms, but instead are considering the house as a whole when renovating a space.

Emma Foster continues: “This trend has been driven by the consumers’ desire to make the most of the space that they have in their home. The living room is now connected to the garden and the bathroom is becoming a spa-like room for relaxing instead of just a practical space.”

Mira Showers have put together a few tips to help you stay ahead of the trend:

Bring the outside in

Interior designer Richard Randall says: “Bringing the outside in is creating a flow from the living room to the garden, making the room feel larger and brighter.” He advises using bi-fold doors within a room such as the kitchen to instantly create an open space and continue the room into the garden. The inclusion of reclaimed wood and living plants throughout the home is another great way to create the effect of bringing the outside in.

Connecting rooms in the home

Simon Browning, Mira’s industrial design director, defined the connection of space as “the breakdown of boundaries between the different rooms in the home.” The use of colour within the home is a simple way to link rooms together, whether it is accessories and furniture or using paint to create an effect which can be replicated in multiple rooms.

Getting a wet room

Interior design specialists Trend Pulse says: “No one wants to be enclosed in one space; they want light and space in their rooms. As a result of this, the bathroom is becoming decoupled and is being seen in the bedroom with the two spaces now connected.” The Mira Leap divider panel paired with the low profile Mira Flight Safe tray creates a minimalist wet room look that can be easily achieved in all spaces.

Decorating your bathroom

The bathroom is quickly becoming a place to show our personalities and individuality. Emma Foster says: “Small touches to the bathroom can illustrate your personality in a subtle and design conscious way. The design of your bathroom will impact the personal touches that you include; it might be a vintage mirror to make the space look larger or taps from the Mira Aspect Range such as the Mira Evolve to make the room feel modern and contemporary. Accessories as simple and budget-saving as the colour of your towels can show your personality and are easily changed without a large amount of expense.” 



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