Everybody wants to have a luxurious and spacious open plan house – until you need to make rooms flow together and work to make spaces look cohesive. The biggest challenge in open floor plans is how you’ll organize and define a space without the use of walls.
If you’re decorating an open-concept home, here are 10 designer-approved tricks to keep in mind
1. Create a room with an area rug
Layering an area rug is one of the easiest ways to define a space when there aren’t any physical partitions among rooms.
Rugs provide a firm foundation that ties furniture pieces together. For example, you may set your living room apart from the dining space with a rug. Ground your living room furniture with a rug. Place another rug underneath the dining table and seats to create a dining area.
2. Define spaces with an overhead statement light fixture
Another way to break up the large, empty box effect is by adorning your ceiling. Once the floor is addressed, think of how you can bring the ceiling down to create a more intimate section. A statement light fixture, like a sprawling chandelier or a hanging pendant light, atop a group of furniture is one good way to do so. It instantly establishes a room without losing the large, open space vibes you love.
3. Use a distinct feature to make rooms cohesive
It’s not enough that you set a room different from the other – a successful open plan features different rooms that tie in with each other. To help unite spaces, repeat a favorite element or theme in each open floor plan section. It could be in a form of color, pattern, material, or style.
For instance, you may have brass accents that are picked up in all three areas: living room, dining area, and kitchen space. You may have a brass light fixture on your dining area, a coffee table with brass legs in your living room, and brass cabinet pulls in your kitchen.
4. Keep furniture away from your walls
Maximize the large, open space of yours by floating your furnishings in the middle of the room. Don’t push it to your walls, creating an awkward empty area in the middle. Use the free space in the wall areas as “halls” for moving from one section to another.
Pro tip: If you “float” your furniture away from the walls, make sure to pick furniture and decor that can be accessed from all sides. A floating island with a bookcase on one side is one solid example.
5. Break spaces with furnishings
Next, to creating seating and conversation areas, you can use some furnishings to establish subtle partitions. Your benches, bookcases, display cabinets, sideboards, kitchen island, and L-shaped counters, can be utilized to break up long walls and divide spaces.
6. Pick movable furnishings
The best thing about open concept layouts is that you have a free canvas you can decorate the way you want. Choose lightweight furniture pieces and modular pieces that can be moved or changed around easily.
7. Use a monochromatic color scheme
Want a safe option for decorating an open concept home? Go for a monochromatic scheme.
Pick a color you truly love – something you can live with. Then, use it throughout the space, in different shades and tones. Incorporate a variety of textures and patterns as well. It’s also nice to pair it with black, white, and grays, or have a few hints of accent color to add some depth and interest.
8. Make use of your home’s architectural details
Your home’s built-in architectural details can be your guide to breaking up your open concept home. You may spot some moldings, paneling, and corners that provide breaks between spaces.
If you can’t find any architectural details, consider adding some. For instance, you may add a recessed ceiling in the living room or incorporate wainscoting in the dining area to set them apart.
9. Create a good flow throughout the space
Flow refers to how one moves around the room both physically and visually.
To create good flow, consider your route through the entire house and each space. Think about traveling from your living room couch to your dining chairs, to your kitchen space. Good flow means you can travel around your home seamlessly, without bumping into furniture.
10. Break the monotony through level variations
Change in levels can designate specific zones in an open plan and can help emphasize the hierarchy of an area. For instance, a slightly elevated floor with a couple of stairs for the dining room and kitchen sets the area apart from the rest with an appealing transition.
Aside from elevating spaces, the idea of a sunken room is also a must-try, especially in your living room.
Author Bio: Carmina Natividad is a resident writer for Wincrest Bespoke, one of NSW’s most experienced and well-renowned home builders aiming at building and designing modern family homes in Sydney. She loves looking out for new home décor trends and writing articles focused in real estate and interior design.