Open plan living has become an increasingly popular choice when it comes to building and renovating homes.
One of the main reasons for this is that it is a great choice for busy families, families who like to entertain, and people who want to be flexible with how they use their space in the home.
The beauty of an open plan living space is that aside from the kitchen, pretty much anything goes for where you place different ‘rooms’ or ‘functions’ in the home.
If you are planning on moving into a home or renovating your own home into a more ‘open’ way of living, you may wonder how to make it work.
Here are some tips and tricks for you to be able to make the best of your open plan living situation.
- Zone out
Homes function better and more cohesively when there is a clear use per room—however, when the concept of a room is taken away that can be more challenging and the walls begin to blur- living rooms become dining rooms and home offices, and they all risk becoming a dumping ground for more stuff.
This is why zoning helps. You can use furniture to create clear boundaries per space, without losing the sense of openness.
Take this leather corner sofa from Furniture Island, for example. Using corner sofas you create a clear divide between say the living room and dining room, but you can still celebrate a space that is light, open and social.
- Use multi-functional furniture
Homes where space is an issue- studio apartments, for example, don’t have the luxury of space for extra furniture to create the divide. This is why it’s a great idea to be able to buy furniture that either creates space or can be used for multiple purposes.
A day bed or futon can be used as both a couch and spare bed solution if you only have one bedroom and want to invite guests to stay.
Tables can be used for multiple purposes such as food preparation, eating, and working–so there is no need to purchase three surfaces when space is tight in your home.
Bookcases are a great thing to have, too. They can serve two purposes- they can be a place to store books, ornaments, photographs, plants, etc. and act as a divider between two spaces in a small apartment.
- Light It up
Using the right lighting can go an awfully long way when it comes to sectioning your open floor plans into more cohesive zones. Not just adding the occasional table lamp or floor lamp. Over counter pendant lighting can be perfect in kitchens, as can pendant lamps over dining tables to help to create a defined space with a clear function. However, you will risk losing the flexibility that comes with open plan living–but lengths of light fittings can always change. Kitchen lighting can be typically harsh, but using dimmers and multiple switches can help create a more relaxing atmosphere when the kitchen is not in use.
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