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SolutionPlan lighting and electricals at the start of the design project. Think carefully about furniture placement and make sure lighting is positioned where it needs to be. For example, if the sofa is in the middle of the room, a power point may need to be installed in the floor. Remember, there are fewer walls in an open-plan kitchen/living/dining space than in individual, closed-off rooms, so you need to be far more deliberate in your planning for elements such as electricals, lighting and television connections.
Straighten the kitchenKitchens love a straight wall, so if your flat’s wide enough, run the units in a single line along one side of the room. A width of 3.6m, for example, will house a tall fridge and a decent run of worktop.Place the dining table parallel to the units to create a pleasing double-act, with the table acting as a buffer between the kitchen and the living space. The table will perform the same function as an island, providing an extra surface for preparing food.Use dramatic lighting to accentuate the dining zone.Check out these ideas for urban Indian kitchens
Houzz at a GlanceWho lives here: A young professional coupleLocation: Earl’s Court, LondonProperty: A Victorian mansion blockSize: 83 square metres (900 square feet); 2 bedrooms; 2 bathroomsDesigner: Jess Lavers, founder and creative director of Jess Lavers DesignPhotos by James BalstonThis 83 square metres (900 square feet) apartment was tired and miserable, and needed a total revamp for the new owners. The first thing to tackle was the layout. “I worked with an architect on the project,” says Lavers. “We ripped out nearly all of the walls and moved the position of the kitchen to the other side of the apartment, and by doing all this we created an extra bedroom and bathroom.” The front door is located in the middle of the apartment: Turn left for the open-plan kitchen, dining and living area (now at the rear of the property) and right for the bedrooms and bathrooms at the front. Here’s how you can ace open plan living in India