Open-plan living is an ambition of many homeowners who dislike the boxed-off feel of a conventional home. Without these walls separating living and cooking areas, the space flows so much better, allowing for more interaction between family members and a more welcoming experience for guests.
However, creating an open-plan space is much more complicated than just knocking down a few walls and putting a breakfast bar in. This post, courtesy of furniture specialists OWO Living, will explain how you need to be conscious of several different considerations, starting with the basics.
Get your palette right
Subtle demarcations of the different zones of your open-plan area can help the space feel balanced. The kitchen area should have a zesty, exciting colour scheme (think citrus shades in a funky tile pattern like herringbone) – just enough to give you the burst of energy you need to cook up a fantastic meal for guests.
For the living area, consider some more relaxing pastel shades such as baby blue and lavender, to be mixed in with neutral creams. This is the area you come to for relaxation, so there shouldn’t be too much visual noise cluttering the area.
If you still desire a sense of room separation for your open-plan living area, consider investing in some bi-fold doors to divide your home into zones. The benefits of this type of door are two-fold. They offer clear lines of sight for light to flood through your home, and they can be fitted with frosted glass for optional privacy – ideal for a home office in a family living area.
The flexibility that bi-fold doors offer make them a tantalising prospect, especially if you’re not willing to give up the feeling of privacy that comes with a non-open-plan home.
Choose furniture wisely
Something you should be wary of when designing your open-plan living area is clutter. Purchasing furniture with built-in storage options can allay this problem quickly and easily – be it coffee tables with fold-out storage drawers, or sofas with under-seat areas for packing away small items.
If you make sure storage is available in every nook and cranny of your open-plan living area, you’ll have achieved what you wanted – open floor space and plenty of room to live in, free from clutter.
In addition to this, multi-purpose furniture, such as futon sofa-beds and nesting tables, can allow you to transform your living space for different functions. Considering furniture like this helps you to divorce yourself from the rigidities of a traditionally laid-out house – with flexible furniture, your home can adapt effortlessly to your life, making it a more comfortable place to be, 24/7.
Ruminate on room layout
Arguably the most important consideration of the ones listed in this post is your room layout. It’s always a good idea to keep everything a chef needs, such as the fridge, the hob and the sink, in very close proximity to avoid people getting in each other’s way.
You should also make sure that drawers have enough space to open, and that there’s enough distance between the television and the kitchen area, so that cooking noise isn’t an issue for somebody trying to watch something.
All these super-simple considerations can add up to a gloriously livable home. Finally, don’t forget to add a dash of your own personal style to the space and you’ll have a home that’ll be flexible, ergonomic and undoubtedly your own.