As the rooms in our homes have adapted to host to work, play and everything in-between over the past few years, the art of ‘zoning’ has quickly become an essential interior designer tool – successful and seamless zoning, however, does require some forward planning and few clever styling tricks. The first and most important step is to decide what tasks or activities you would like to incorporate into your space and then allocate each its own autonomous area within the larger room.
Let’s take this multifunctional room in a modern home in Madrid, Spain, for example, it allows the family and their friends to be in the same space and share time together even while they enjoy different activities. A large, clean-lined room, it’s broken up into four functional zones: at its centre, the main seating area – kitted out with twin VENICE sofas, matching RIGA armchairs and a BENIM coffee table – is perfect for group hangouts or quiet lounging; nearby, a SENDAI table and four MISOOL chairs cater to games, hobbies or casual suppers; while window-side, two matching but separate desk areas, each incorporating a CHICAGO console and MISOOL armchair, accommodate home-working and life admin.
And although these zones are self-contained, the room still looks and feels seamless thanks to a few clever styling and layout tricks. To ensure visual fluidity, a timeless colour palette of organic neutrals, enlivened with notes of ochre and moss green, is used consistently throughout. Repeat furniture designs also provide a feeling of cohesion. These include matching ZURICH ceiling lamps for double the drama overhead and multiple storage pieces, all from the PIEMONT collection, which line the perimeter of the space, keeping clutter under control and providing surface areas for display. Finally, co-ordinated QUITO rugs literally outline the two central areas, adding texture and harmonious pattern underfoot all while adding a dynamic point of difference with their circular and rectangular silhouettes.
Have you tried zoning in your home? We’d love to see it – why not post your photos on Instagram and tag us @fratointeriors