The global pandemic forced many to rethink the layout of their homes. An open concept that is great for entertaining and family gatherings is not so great when one or two family members work from home, or the kids are playing in the family room while you’re trying to conduct a zoom call at the dining table.
Do you love to entertain, but don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen away from guests? Kitchens that open to dining and living areas allow you to stay part of the action, and keep an eye on the kids when you are working or cooking. However, in an open concept strong odors and unsightly kitchen countertops can’t be kept under wraps. In informal entertainment situations, this is not a deal-breaker. But, if you want a more formal dinner party, an open floor plan can feel counter-productive.
The allure of fewer walls and bright, open sight lines is still massively appealing to many homeowners.
Traditional Design: Divided Spaces
Containment is a key benefit of defined spaces—for both noise and clutter. With divided spaces, you can more easily hide away children’s toys, craft supplies, and even a load of laundry that needs folding just by closing a door.
The most exciting thing about defined gathering spaces is the opportunity to create rooms throughout a home that each has their own unique atmosphere. And privacy. Let's not forget the privacy.
But what can be done if you own an open-concept home yet desire more intimate and well-defined spaces? The good news is that plenty of ways exist to restore the feeling of separate spaces without putting up walls or moving!
Make It Functional
Considering how you live in your space is the first step in any design process. Storage, in particular, is key. A couple of bookcases can create a reading nook. For a quick cleanup, storage ottomans can be used for toys or workout equipment – and also to put your feet up and relax.
When it comes to color selection in an open-concept living area, stick to an overarching style and palette for the entire space.
The days of only farmhouse or only midcentury are long gone. Go ahead and mix and match: juxtaposing vintage elements with more modern counterparts, organic materials with luxurious accents, or whatever your design heart loves. Take this layering approach throughout your entire open area in order to avoid themed sections.
Rely on Rugs
Set the parameters from the floor up. Rugs are a subtle way to create definition within an open area—just make sure they work nicely with each other by creating a harmonious contrast with pattern, shape, texture, and color.
A common design mistake is placing all of the furniture along the walls, leaving the center of the room bare and empty. Floating some of the furniture off the walls (particularly pieces like sofas and accent chairs) will actually give the illusion of a larger, more layered space. With this method, you can still create boundaries within an open room. For example, use the back of a sofa or a low bookcase acting to separate a living area from a dining area.
Whichever design layout works for you, we can help you find the home that fits your needs! Call us today.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens