Tribal, Tiles, and Kirigami: Chic Ideas for Open Plan Living

Mike Bowers Mike Bowers

At home I have an open plan kitchen/living area, and I’ve fallen in love with this light and natural wood flooring.  There are several colours to choose from, ranging from traditional un-stained wood to soft grey, silver, and whites.  Light colours and bold, wide planks will really make the room feel more spacious and inviting.

Oak White-Wash Pre-lacquered Flooring Oak White-Wash Pre-lacquered Flooring

In keeping with the natural theme, these beautiful hand-made tiles from the Mud Hut Company would look great as a backsplash.  I’m always a fan of earthy, hand-made goods, and the ethnic look is a nice bonus. I’m tempted to pick up some terracotta bowls to complete the look.

Hand Made Tiles Hand Made Tiles

One of the challenges of embracing the “natural” theme is keeping the room looking clean and neat.  It’s easy to go too far with that kind of theme, and cross the line from “earthy” to “chintzy”. However, I think this collection from Helen Minns looks great – these stylish hand-decorated mugs will fit in almost any kitchen.

Hand Decorated Mugs Hand Decorated Mugs

To break up the open-plan room, I’m looking at rugs for the living/dining section.  There are some gorgeous tribal designs, but I think that the tribal tiles stand well by themselves. I’m leaning towards the Lace designs.  Scion launched their new line in November, and they are available at a range of stockists, including Wovenground.

Tribal Design Rugs Tribal Design Rugs

I’m a big fan of contrast, and I think the juxtaposition of ethnic and earthy décor with modern accents will round off the kitchen nicely. The Curl range, made by Constance Schweda, is inspired by a form of Japanese Origami known as Kirigami, where paper is cut and folded to create three dimensional works of art.

Of course, the tables, mirrors and wall-mountable shelves in the range are made of steel, not paper – but they look deceptively soft and light, and when you see them up close you won’t be able to take your eyes off them.

The Curl Range The Curl Range

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