With open kitchens becoming the norm and condo living increasing in popularity. Thus, open-plan spaces are multiplying. Therefore, long gone are the days of formal living rooms and enclosed kitchens à la Mad Men. But as much as open-plan living can be a lesson in togetherness. Hence, styling a space to encourage family time can be challenging.
Our human instinct is to push furniture against walls—a big no-no for many interior designers. So, open-plan living is a chance to experiment with layouts. Thus, while walls once provided us with a paint-by-number furniture plan of sorts. Hence, the open-plan space is more akin to a blank canvas, where anything is possible.
Where do we put the TV? What’s the best way to tackle storage? How do we create separate living areas in one big open space?
To make navigating the world of open floor plans easier, here are tips that can help inspire your layout.
Address The Floor And Ceiling, Too
To create an interesting and dynamic open floor plan. Hence, you’ve got to break up the large, empty-box effect. Thus, anchor the floor for an intimate feeling by adding richly textured rugs or flooring in areas. Hence, once the floor is addressed. Thus, look at how you can bring the ceiling down in certain areas for a more intimate section. A good way to do so without losing the large. Therefore, open space feeling is by a large hanging pendant or group over your dining table. So a kitchen island or living room.
Go With A Cohesive Color Theme Throughout
Paint the large open space in the same neutrals throughout. But choose an accent color that repeats in every section. Thus, in this gorgeous loft space. Hence, whites and greys are neutral with various shades of seafoam blue as the accent color. Therefore, repeated in the kitchen island base, sofa throw pillows, and dining room wallpaper.
It’s All About Flow In An Open Floor Plan
Flow is defined as how one moves through a room both physically and visually. In Feng Shui, flow also includes the movement of energy like air and light in a space. So, to create flow in an open floor plan, allow for ease of movement throughout the room. Hence, the most ideal flow for space involves movement through the room in “s” shapes. Hence, instead of in a straight line. Follow the path in this image from the dining area to the living space. Also, fireplace and back around and you’ll see how you can meander through the room effortlessly.
Repeat A Favorite Element In Each Open Floor Plan Section
A successful open floor plan features several “rooms” that tie in with each other. To create a cohesive look, use a key element, like the brass light fixture over the dining table of this setting, repeated in the brass legs on the chair in the living area of this open space.