Open living spaces are very popular, but it can easily look cavernous and unwelcoming, or overcrowded and messy. The key is to get the proportions, layout and floor plan right.
Here are some expert tips and advice that you can use when executing your open plan living ideas.
Getting Your Open Plan Living Layout Right
Finding the balance between design and floor plans can be quite tricky. So, how do you avoid an open plan living space that is huge, or too cramped and cluttered?
To make sure the space doesn’t become too open and huge, create zones within the open area with the use of proportion-sized rugs. Don’t enclose the area and go against the design by avoiding furniture that is too high or that disrupts the line of sight across the room.
When choosing rugs and furniture for this purpose, start with a big rug to create a zoned area. Make sure there is sufficient seating that is arranged to promote engagement and conversation.
Linking the three areas: kitchen, living and dining
Creating a cohesive design across your kitchen, living and dining areas can be achieved by incorporating similar elements across all three areas.
Use a similar colour palette throughout, as well as the same texture. Choose furniture and accessories throughout that balance each other. Cohesion begins at the design process by choosing one flooring and one paint colour across the three areas.
Feature walls and similar elements don’t complement a cohesive open plan living space. Just keep it simple and uniform in the entire space.
Keeping an Open Plan Living Area Clutter Free
Hiding messes in an open plan living area is impossible because there is no door you can close on the room. So, apart from having a designated room of shame, what can you do to keep your open living spaces looking roomy and neat.
Storage should already be considered during the planning and design stage. This is an effective way to store everyday items in cupboards as much as possible.
It’s fine to have décor items on display as it makes the home fee homier, but make sure to leave one clear surface in every space. If you want to have vases or other items on the side cabinet, make sure the dining area is unobstructed.
Mistakes in Open Plan Living
Mistakes in renovations can be expensive. When it comes to open plan living, the number mistake is not looking at the overall size of the area and the matching proportions of the furniture. Look at the whole space, and also look at the individual zones of every area.
If the space combines that living and dining area, what you can do is divide the areas to the family requirements. This would usually involve allocating about 50% to living, 30% to dining and 20% to open space.