In the last decade, open plan home interiors have risen considerably among homeowners. Owners today prefer their homes having a flow and movement, without the restriction of walls, where all the rooms merge into each other seamlessly. But what are the tips to remember when planning such open plan homes?
Open plan house interiors are beautiful, elegant, seamless and cohesive. They are warm and welcoming and allow the free flow of movement and conversation. On the flip side, they can also have lack of privacy and it may be difficult to demarcate the style and functionality of one room from another.
As good as it sounds, designing an open play layout isn’t easy. Before you rope in a design expert to weigh in with their design ideas, here are a few things you need to know when planning them.
1. WHAT IS THE KIND OF VIEW YOU WANT TO SEE
Before going ahead with a design in your mind, think about what you want to see from different parts of the house. What will your view be when sitting on the sofa? Are you alright with guests having a peek into your kitchen? Perhaps you want the dining area to overlook the garden or you don’t want guests disturbed by TV in the living room. Think of all this before going ahead, because once planned it becomes difficult to rearrange and redo the plan again.
2. IS THERE SUFFICIENT CIRCULATION IN THE ROOM
There must be enough circulation space so that the area doesn’t appear too stifling. Have you though about what furniture goes where, and is everything placed optimally? You wouldn’t want to bang into a cupboard or trip over a stool while moving around. Also there must be sufficient space to manoeuvre around any area.
3. HAVE YOU CONSIDERED THE WALKING DISTANCE
Having an open plan layout has it advantages, but the biggest disadvantage is if it isn’t planned properly. Walking around the home may be a good option, except that if the kitchen and dining area are at two opposite corners of the house, or the children‘s area is far away from the bedroom, its more of an inconvenience.
4. THINK ABOUT THE NOISE & DISTURBANCE
Noise and disturbances of all kinds are shut off when there are walls. In an open plan layout, there is a mix of noise which encroaches into other rooms and this can be very annoying if you’re not used to it. When planning for this layout, find out where noise is permissible and where it isn’t. The kid’s rooms and living room are noisier and can be perhaps kept side to side. Bedrooms can be isolated and kept at a distance from the kitchen.
5. SEPARATING THE ROOMS
Although an open plan is set up on the basic premise of openness and movement, it is also important to demarcate rooms so that tasks and people don’t spill into other spaces. Rather than having a large room separated out into smaller ones, try replicating a series of rooms so that there is space for everything.
Open plan layouts are here to stay. They help engagement and movement, help families bond and spend time together and are good for the health of the family. Only thing to remember is to ensure that people don’t step onto each other’s toes. For expert opinions on designing interiors of open plan homes and kitchen spaces, reach out to us at Capricoast today.