Open-plan living is a trend that has taken the interior design industry by storm over the last few years. The ability to create bold, open spaces within your home, whilst utilising the space you have and being able to merge rooms with different purposes into one has really changed the way people are designing their homes. This stylish, space saving décor trend is also very easy to introduce to your home, there are just a few key points to consider that will ensure you achieve the perfect open-plan style.
Definition is really important when it comes to open-plan living, especially when you are merging two rooms with different purposes into one larger space. By creating zones within this area, you can highlight which area is going to be used for each purpose. For example, those combining the living room with the dining area may choose to select two colour scheme that complement each other well. With the right colour tone, you can define your zones with feature walls, coloured rugs and so on, to really emphasise the separate areas whilst the décor still flows smoothly throughout the room. Furniture can also be used to help create different zones, such as a stylish l-shaped sofa or a bold oak dresser to create a clear divide between the two areas of the room.
Balance Out the Lighting
Lighting is an essential feature within any room and it plays a huge part in the atmosphere that is created. It’s very easy to select lighting for certain rooms when you only have one atmosphere to consider, however, when it comes to two different spaces merged into one, it’s important to balance the lighting out to achieve the right atmosphere for each area. For living areas, you want to have a warm, welcoming feel that enables you to relax and wind down. Similarly, when you’re looking at the lighting for your dining area, you may want to create a brighter, fresh feel that will enable people to socialise, entertain and relax at the same time. One of the best ways to succeed with your lighting within the open-plan area is mood lighting. By introducing mood lighting you can control the lighting in both areas and choose exactly how you want the room to feel at any point of the day. This will really help you to keep a balanced atmosphere throughout and enable your room to feel welcoming and homely. If mood lighting isn’t going to work within your interiors, then introducing stylish lamps and spot lights will also help to create that balance and add the right atmosphere to the room.
Utilise All Space
It can be very easy to design an open-plan living area with very little furniture, creating a space that feels empty and airy. The main aim with this interior style is to create a warm and welcoming space that looks lived in and homely. Introducing certain furniture pieces such as a bold bookcase, grand dining table and cosy sofa will help to make the most of the floorspace available and also create a space that is easy to use and cosy. Multi-purpose furniture is also very popular within open-plan designs, as you can really utilise the space you have and keep the area neat and organised at all times.
Use the Walls
When working with an open-plan layout, it’s important to keep the character and style within the room, just as you would with a room being used for one single purpose. Artwork and photography are ideal features to add to the walls and help add a burst of character to the room. Whilst it’s easy to add character through your furniture pieces, bold artwork will really enhance the room and bring the walls to life. You have room to experiment with bold, large artwork pieces too as the room is larger than average and larger pieces will complement the room perfectly.