Make Open-Plan Living Work For You - From Kitchen and Dining to Living Rooms

25.02.16

Open-plan living spaces are bang on trend right now; contemporary, functional and extremely stylish. However, they don’t always work for everyone. That’s why we’ve highlighted a few key points to consider when putting together your open-plan layout - guaranteed to help you achieve the perfect heart to any home.

Living Rooms - Cosy, Sharable and Inviting 

The key to any shared living area is to keep it inviting. Even though it’s open-plan, the living room should feel cosy, comfortable and free from clutter. It’s all about creating a space where people can socialise in a relaxed, easy setting. Here are our top tips for creating the ideal open-plan living room:

 

Use the same wooden tone throughout and define living space at floor level by laying down a contrasting rug that stands out. This creates various ‘zones’, each with their own specific purpose.

 

Establish a focal point with hanging art or feature wallpaper.

 

Choose modular storage to keep clutter at bay.

 

The seating area is the central hub of your open-plan living room. Choose a squashy modular sofa that looks as comfortable as it feels and really encapsulates this notion.

 

If possible, open up your living room with an outdoor view (overlooking the garden) to create a wonderful sense of flow, especially in the summer when you can make the most of bi-folding doors/patio doors for maximum effect.

 

Kitchen and Dining Areas - Balanced, Unified and Individual

An open-plan kitchen and dining area needs to be focused on functionality as well as day-to-day family activities and entertaining. These are two very different concepts that are intrinsically linked by the notion of cooking and ‘togetherness’. It’s all about making a space that unifies without comprising. Here are our top tips for creating the ideal open-plan kitchen and dining area:

 

Choose a large dining table that acts as the central hub for this space. It will help establish the dining area as a place to sit and socialise, as opposed to the kitchen, which is more utilitarian in nature.

 

Hang lights low over the dining table to help define this area. It will create a more intimate, relaxed feel associated with a dining setting.

 

Unify both spaces with colour. For example, colour used on a splash-back in the kitchen area might be used somewhere in the dining area too.

 

If your dining area is dotted with ornaments and pieces for show, ensure your kitchen is clear and free from clutter to achieve a calming balance.