Open plan living is most certainly the new way to live. New builds are embracing it, older builds are being remodeled to include it and it’s top of the property wish-list. A open plan living space is perfect for those families, social butterflies and those who love the idea of wall-less living. It creates unlimited space, and one that can chop, change and house everything and anything you want. It’s somewhere everyone can come together without anyone being left behind.
In a world where children can spend hours playing computer games, and adults slaving over a hob, a open space allows everyone to be together, even when everyone is just doing their own thing.
But how do you really make the most out of wall-less spaces? How do you make open plan living work in the usual, maybe even small UK home?
Having had a open plan Kitchen, dining, living space, I share some top tips to create the perfect open living space.
Even in open spaces, having ‘zones’ helps divide the space and utalise it as much as possible. This is really important when creating a useful yet flowing open plan living space. The zones don’t have to be visible, but defined by furniture and style. Using a sofa or a counter top as a ‘wall’ between your living space and dining area is a popular way to divide the space whilst keeping it open and spacious.
When thinking of the entire space as individual zones can help break down the space to decorate, furnish and style. This is highly recommend when struggling to dress you open plan living space.
Tip : Use rugs to create visually pleasing ‘zones’ if wanting a true divide.
Open plan living lends well to versatile furniture that can chop and change depending on what you’re using the space for. Like dining tables that can extend or coffee tables that turn into a desk. With every piece that you include in your open space, consider how it can be used for different occasions and uses.
Coordinating colour scheme
When it comes to decorating your open space, consider it as one, cohesive room. Make sure each zone carries something of the same colour scheme, palette or material. This is so important when creating that flowing, stylish space. This doesn’t mean you can’t create a different mood for your living area or dining zone. Instead, just adopt other colours, tones and finishes that work with that underlying, recurrent decor.
As with any space, embracing natural light and implementing more when needed is really important to creating a balanced space. Ensure natural light is being maximized with mirrors and reflective surfaces. Inject moody or soft lighting with lamps, standing lights and dimmer switches.
Open living spaces are a modern example of utilizing space and being versatile with your home. Whether it be a socializing space, a family area or cosy all in one spot, open plan living is a well invested floorplan staple for modern living.
Do you have a open plan living space? How do you style yours? Get commenting below.