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How to Create a Seamless Open Plan Living Space

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One of the main reasons that people move house is that they don’t have enough room. But what about when you are really happy with your location and don’t particularly want to move away? 

 

Instead of moving house, you should think carefully about what you actually want. More usable space doesn’t always mean greater square footage; smarter design is often a better way to get what you really want and an open plan living space usually ticks all the boxes. 

 

Here’s how to design a space you’ll love. 

Choosing Colors and Materials 

Before you do anything, you should think about which rooms you are combining and where you can find cross over with materials. For example, if you plan to create a kitchen, dining and living space, you need to find a way to design continuity into each part of the room. Choosing a material or color that runs through the design is usually the best way to achieve this. 

 

Going for a neutral color for the whole room is a good place to start because you can add details to take you between the spaces. So, let’s say you choose granite countertops for your kitchen, you might also choose a small granite coffee table or maybe you go for a more subtle link with granite coasters. You could also match the shade of the granite when you choose soft furnishings.

Smart Furniture Placement

The next problem to solve is where you put your furniture. L-shapes are a great place to start as they are open but will naturally separate out the spaces in your open plan. So, putting an L-shaped corner sofa in, facing a corner will create a seating area and reflecting that by putting an L-shaped kitchen counter in the opposite corner will balance everything out. 

 

The key to smart furniture placement is always function first. You need the space to flow with your lifestyle, which means that you must plan the whole room in one go. Walk through the space – preferably while it is empty – and think about how you move. You don’t want to be squeezing past furniture, but equally, you don’t want to use furniture that is so small, it feels out of place. Planning is vital!

Zoning with Lights and Rugs 

Using your furniture to create zones within your open plan is a good idea but you can tie spaces together using lighting and rugs. For example, placing a pendant light above a dining table will create a gorgeous pool of light while you eat; similarly, an overarching standing lamp is one of the best ways to create a reading nook and highlight your favorite chair or place to sit. 

 

Rugs are also great for creating zones as they pull pieces of furniture together and add a splash of color too. Oversized rugs that your furniture sits on completely are the best option. If you gather your furniture around a rug, it can feel smaller and less cohesive.

 

A seamless open plan living space always gives a lighter, brighter feel so take advantage of this when you plan. You’ll be surprised by what knocking down a wall or two can achieve! 

A Cultured Person’s Interior Must Reflect Themselves

Who doesn’t love the chance to put one’s adventurous mind into top gear when it comes to designing your own interior? It’s a chance to do exactly what you want, how and when. No one else should be the judge of what you allow your home to become. The interior should and even if you don’t make it out to be, it will be a reflection of your personality. Whether you have over brand new guests for a dinner party, your parents and or your friends, the rooms they enter and sit in will have a subconscious effect. Usually, you’d be justified in being concerned about your stylistic tastes, as with all fashion decor is either in or out at any one time. But surely there should always be something more than just looks and great artistic expressions. If you have traveled the world, lived in various cultures and or love to explore ideas, why isn’t your home expressing this about you? It’s not like you have to throw it in people’s faces, but they should get the feeling that you take pride in being a cultured individual.

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A cocoon of knowledge

 

It’s a very sad time for those who love to read the ‘old fashioned’ way. Yet it’s a great time for technology as knowledge that expands the mind has become smaller and smaller. The great houses of aristocracies, political houses and royal palaces are and always will be, adorned with real books. It’s something more tangible, grasping a book made of paper and having the smell of the pages consume the room is quite a traditional mark. In this regard standing stoically in your lounge or office room, you can have your very own traditional furniture in the form of a bookcase. The Corndell Nimbus design is a classic three-shelf piece with a bold dark finish. You have two drawers for internal storage should you need it.

 

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Real trumps digital

 

As times change what happened to the books is also happening to art. Paintings are very scarcely a part of someone’s home. With televisions and computer screens that are sublime in quality, the younger generation now views art through those lenses. However, for the home it should always be different. It’s not just for viewing pleasure; it’s a statement. It could be a hark back to an adventure, a symbol of your past or family. Quite frankly you don’t need a reason to hang beautiful paintings on your walls. Real art that you can physically touch and look at with no barrier is always going to touch your soul deeper. Think about a time you were immersed in a foreign culture, or how about a powerful speech on social or political concerns you heard. Hanging up a piece of artwork that means something and also brings a splash of style to your home will immediately become a talking point for you and your guests.

 

If you want to be overly stylish and dabble mainly in the design and categories of decor, that’s absolutely fine. But your interior choices can and should be supplemented by really meaningful pieces that reflect your cultural experiences. Not to mention it’s a great way to start a conversation with new friends.

 

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