An open concept space is like a blank canvas – the potential to create something beautiful that is truly your own. While the sides of the canvas (or walls of the room) are your borders, you can fill the space however you wish. For many of us this potential is… downright intimidating! How can you make a room into a cohesive whole? What about privacy and noise? Don’t even get me started on storage…
Whether you have a truly open concept home or a multi-purpose room (think kitchen, dining, living room combo), open floor plans present décor challenges. But don’t fret – planning your space thoughtfully to suit your needs will guarantee a beautiful and functional space.
A room that is cohesive
The first step is to think big picture and identify a unifying element that is consistent throughout the entire room. One of the most obvious choices is a thoughtful color palette. Choose colors that naturally work well together – neutral and muted colors are great choices as they match easily and won’t overpower the space. To liven up the room, incorporate color through accessories and artwork. Once you have identified a unifying element, it’s time to plan your space.
This process is extremely important in achieving a functional, efficient, and cohesive space. Think about the different purposes you want the room to serve – need a work station? Somewhere to relax? To ensure your open layout effectively incorporates all of these different functions, use décor strategically to create separate spaces. The goal is for the dedicated areas to seamlessly flow within your open concept room. Need a little inspiration? Here are some tips and tricks to get your spatial planning juices flowing.
A space to entertain
This space is driven by human interaction – the layout should encourage flow of people and conversation. Furniture should face one another to support dialogue. Avoid creating any barriers! One of the least obtrusive ways to define a space is through flooring. Carpet tiles allow you to create a border or pattern that visually separates the space. Even better, if there are any red wine spills you can peel up the tile and replace it!
A space to reflect
Want a place to relax? To create an intimate nook, accessories are the answer. Screens and curtains are a great way to create privacy in an open space. Accessories are key in creating feeling in a room – a plush area rug, lots of pillows, and candles will make the space feel calm and peaceful. Lighting is also crucial when it comes to relaxation; zone this space near a window to maximize natural lighting.
A space to play
Play in this context can mean anything from a place for your hobbies & DIY projects to a play space for the kids – no matter what this space means to you, most likely you will have items that you want hidden away. Invest in multi-functional pieces and decorative baskets that keep clutter out of sight while still looking great.
A space to work
You may need to designate a work area in your open space. To make this zone functional, minimizing noise and distractions is key. Soft surfaces are a great way to absorb sound – flooring treatments, such as carpet tiles and area rugs, are great for reducing unwanted noise. Screens can also act as sound barriers. Zone this section as far away from distractions as possible!
A space that you can truly enjoy
One word: plan. A great open space layout is one that not only is beautiful, but also suits your needs. To take control of the space, take the time to figure out what you want from the space. Once you’ve done the planning, the rest is easy – you’ll be enjoying all that open concept living has to offer in no time.