1. Making the wall between a spare bedroom and the landing a folding screen to create a flexible space

A.-JELD-WEN-folding-sliding-doors-in-Shaker-Oak-finish,-3-door,-Light-ObscureRoom Fold folding sliding doors in one panel Shaker design with white oak finish and obscure glazing. From £1,130 for a three-door configuration from Jeld-Wen

2. Raising all built-in kitchen furniture off the walls to make it appear to float and increase the sense of space

Leicht-Classic-FS-Topos-room-view-side-low-resThe Classic-FS/Topos-H kitchen by Leicht has a floor unit suspended from the wall and a long island unit on gliders, making the furniture in this kitchen seem to float giving the room an open and spacious appearance. The oak front of the Topos-H in brushed copper oak combined with plain-coloured Classic FS in Sahara. From £15,000 for the kitchen units.

SN-hi-res-Avant_Alabaster_PrimarySecond Nature’s hi-gloss Avant Alabaster features an L-shape layout with a shallower base in the wall-hung corner units to enhance the sense of space. From £11,000 for the kitchen units.

3. Making bathroom walls translucent, from acrylic or polycarbonate

B.-AYHFairnTopFloor2This design by Architect Your Home features an open-plan master bedroom and bathroom within a loft conversion. Glazed wall panels have been used to create a shower cubicle, while a WC and sink have been placed next to it accessed directly from the bedroom.

4. Enjoying low-cost raw materials such as exposed blockwork, and Oriented Strand Board (OSB), and using them as a feature

D.-OSB_iStock_000000794965_Medium-copyUsing construction materials as a design feature instead of covering them up is a great way to modernise a house design

5. Running services in galvanized conduits rather than building them in

E.-iStock_000002897599_Large-copyWhy spend more money on boxing in pipes and utilities? Choose high-quality materials to create a contemporary feature in your kitchen

6. Using copper utility taps for kitchens, complete with exposed copper pipes

F2.-Waterworks-Sept-2015-21-HighResLook for salvaged copper taps or utility taps that can often cost a fraction of designer styles – they look great in a kitchen or bathroom

F1.-CREDIT-iStock_000042949370_Large-copyTo create a modern utility-style look with new designer taps, you can also invest in the latest styles, such as the Medoc one-hole high-profile kitchen tap in shiny copper with lever handle, £1,118, Waterworks.

7. Adding concrete worktops and touches of the material throughout a kitchen scheme

G.-Concreations-2013-12-03-11.28.30Great for casting a unique, made-to-measure design unique to your space requirements, concrete can be cast to suit your space requirements. This worktop by Concreations is a Dove mix and costs from £12,000 for the design and installation

  • Daniel Black

    Interesting read Piers! I’m surprised there’s no mention of Scandinavian interior design here, as I’ve seen a lot of articles and design tips incorporating it, I will have to find some examples and let you know. I am a big fan of the salvaged copper taps idea, my brother has a copper theme in his new kitchen so I will suggest it to him as it would look fantastic.

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