The Internal LightwellEclectic Living Room, London
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Maximise fireplace alcovesThe area next to a chimney breast is a great place to erect handy shelving. If you want to make even more use of the space, consider carrying the joinery around the bend to create extra, perpendicular storage. Here, the alcove shelving has been continued at a right angle to utilise an unused space. The shelving and cupboards beneath help to frame the room, and zone it off from the area beyond. Glazing behind it allows light to spill in as well as providing a useful back to the shelves. By building this simple yet stunning unit, the space has been given some really useful storage.
Preserve the lightOne constant conundrum with non-open-plan living is how to preserve that lovely sense of flowing light. If you’re not careful, once you introduce walls and closed doors, you can be left with a series of dark, poky rooms. Broken-plan living offers a compromise. In this space, an open shelving unit allows light to filter through and helps to retain a sense of connectivity and flow between the adjacent rooms. An extra-wide door opening similarly adds to the broken-plan design.
9. Display a collectionThese wide, white shelf openings work as the perfect place to display favourite finds. This is a good example of adding a wall that isn’t a wall – the structure allowing a flow between the two spaces while affording some privacy at the same time.