Top Tips for Open-Plan Living in Your Home
One of the biggest interior trends at the moment is open-plan living. It isn’t a new trend; however, it is becoming more and more popular and is therefore adding even more value to your home than before. Whether it’s a loft conversion, kitchen combined with dining area or you’ve opened your living room into the conservatory, there are some key points to consider when going for an open-plan design.
Set a Budget
Dependant on the size and layout of the room your making open-plan, it’s always important to set a realistic budget to ensure you don’t spend too much on something that required a considerable amount less. Think about what needs to be done to open your room up, whether that’s demolishing a wall or taking out a walkway. Once you know what needs to go you can think about budgeting and what will work best for your house. You may also want to consider the budget for decorating and furnishing the open-plan space, especially if you want to go for a new theme for the open-plan space.
Who Will be Affected
One aspect that may be overlooked by many is whether or not your building plans are going to affect your neighbours. If your home is detached then you don’t need to worry, but if you are living in a flat or a terraced house then you need to work out whether or not the building work will have any impact on their home and if so, how you can work around this to achieve the open-plan design you want to go for.
Consider the Lighting
Lighting is a key factor for any décor, however, when it comes to an open-plan space you need to ensure your lighting is balanced and right. Natural light is ideal within an open-plan area, as it helps to lift the atmosphere and make the room feel open and spacious. Your artificial lighting is something that needs to be controlled, so decide what kind of lighting will work for the style of room you’ve gone for in order to make the most of it.
It doesn’t matter what rooms you’ve combined together, you need to create zones in order to give the divided effect that you want to achieve. If you have a kitchen-dining area then you could look at having a bold focal point in the dining area, such as a large oak dining table, with your kitchen cabinets going around the outskirts of the room to separate the two areas. Similarly, for a living room and conservatory space you may want to split the rooms into zones through the choice of flooring. Having a soft, warm carpet throughout your living area, met by a laminate flooring for the conservatory will make a subtle division between the two rooms, whilst still having the benefits of an open-plan area.
Although your home may not have the same type of décor in each room, your home will always follow a particular theme and style and it’s important to keep this consistent throughout your interiors when introducing open-plan living. Whether you have country style interiors, a minimalistic modern theme or even a slight Scandinavian style that is noticeable throughout your home, keeping this style consistent is essential in creating a warm and welcoming home that reflects your personal style.