The demand for living space in the world's metropolises is growing in line with urbanisation. At the same time, property prices and rents are increasing while the available living space per person is declining, especially in new-builds. One consequence of this development is housing floor plans that dispense with the separation between kitchen and living room from the outset, and instead opt for cross-functional plans in order to optimise the available space. Smart solutions and the appropriate furniture can be used to create compact premises where the storage space, functions and daily sequences can be homely and individual.
Cupboards that open, or can be opened, on more than one side provide transitions into neighbouring living areas. They can include shelf units and recess systems. One very practical solutions is trolleys that can be equipped with everything you want to have close at hand in a particular area.
Space-saving flip-up doors can conceal functional facilities such as the sink or cooking centre when the day's work is done. When choosing built-in appliances, it is a good idea to opt for combined models such as a combined steamer or a combination microwave/steamer. When there's only a small amount of space or even only a recess in the kitchen, these appliances can easily solve the problem of too little space.
Tables and table solutions are adaptable and versatile, and become key players when planning a room, whether free-standing, fitted, flush with a wall or as a bar.
Modular furniture adapts to any special spatial conditions and is easier to integrate in a new room situation after relocating.
The choice of materials and colours is not to be underestimated when designing smaller rooms, from the wall, floor and ceiling coverings to the surfaces of the furniture. This is an area where less is more. The use of furniture elements that are tone in tone with the colour of the walls can make the space look bigger. Having said that, contrasting compositions also have their charm. In this instance, accessories that repeat the colours to create harmony play an important role.