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Have you got a book nook? The hottest home trends for 2022

Have you got a book nook? The hottest home trends for 2022

Knocking down walls to create open, light-filled spaces has been all the rage in home design for the past two decades, but post-pandemic it seems we’re starting to realise that a little separation between rooms, to allow space for different activities, might be a good idea after all. The online trades marketplace Rated People (ratedpeople.com) recently released its 2022 trend report, which revealed that 11 per cent of those planning to work on their homes intend to adapt a room or living space to make it more multifunctional, and just over 6 per cent want to build a wall to create completely separate rooms.

Interior designer Shalini Misra has seen a spike in demand recently from clients for “broken-plan” or “zoned” rooms that allow a flexible distinction between spaces, rather than a fully open-plan design.

Have you got a book nook? The hottest home trends for 2022

“These types of interiors are becoming more and more important as we use our homes for our work life as well as home and family life,” she says. “By incorporating sliding doors, pocket doors and screens, you can have a large open space when you want it, and then divide it into zones to create areas for quiet and concentration.” Her tip is to use large shelving units to separate different spaces, or glass doors and screens, to allow a flow of light through the rooms.

Crittall, whose ultra-fashionable steel-framed windows are high on the wish list for many a kitchen extension, expects a 50 per cent increase in sales this year, including internal glazed screens to separate living spaces and create home-office areas. Those on a more modest budget are turning to furniture and decor to zone areas. Barker & Stonehouse has seen a rise of 83 per cent in sales of modular sofas that help to divide an open-plan room.

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