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Eight Tips For Open Plan Living

Thursday, August 15, 2019




Many modern homes are built with open plan layouts. While this can be great for making your home feel spacious, it can create a challenge for privacy and properly defining spaces. If your home is open plan, and this is causing you problems, follow these easy tips to make a more open layout work for you.

1. Balance with color. Using the same colors throughout adjacent living spaces helps them to feel more cohesive. Use a rich shade on opposite walls to elongate a small space, but balance it with fresh whites elsewhere in the space.

2. Create zones. If you want to make each space feel more distinct from each other, use your furniture to create dividers. Kitchen islands and sofas make good lines between different spaces. You could use bookcases or an Eames plywood screen for a taller divide that offers some privacy between spaces. Even lying a rug down can help to make a space feel distinct from the rest of the room.

3. Open plan spaces mean you can’t escape anything in the room, including clutter. Be smart with your storage so you can hide away anything you don’t want on display all the time. You could fit doors to hide away your desk when it’s not in use, so you don’t have to stare at your work space all the time. Hang curtains that can be drawn across cluttered areas, like bookcases or other storage.

4. To prevent the space feeling stark and cold, introduce texture to bring warmth and softness. A fluffy rug, blankets over the sofa, and plenty of cushions will all help to make the space feel more inviting and cosy.

5. If your open plan room is small, keep walkways clear and create a feeling of more space by choosing slimline pieces, like shallow bookcases and sideboards. Mount your television onto the wall to keep it up and out of the way.

6. Offer separate seating for eating and relaxing to help the spaces feel more defined. If you don’t have room for a full scale dining table, a small one can still help, or add seats to a kitchen island or breakfast bar. In the lounge area, add a comfortable armchair to relax in as well as the sofa, to make the space have purpose and not just furniture in a line against the wall.

7. Choose built in kitchen appliances. In an open plan space, you can’t escape the kitchen. Built-ins behind doors can hide away the washing machine from guests if you’d rather everybody who visits didn’t have to look at your laundry going round. Doors can also help to muffle the noise of appliances running, and let you enjoy your space in more quiet.

8. Where possible, choose wheeled furniture. Adding wheels to pieces like your coffee table or bookcase, means you can easily rearrange your room layout very easily any time you like. Being able to move things around in multiple layouts is one of the advantages of an open plan room, so embrace it.

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