Open plan living is a trend that is here to stay but,
before embarking on any renovations, you should
carefully consider if it is desirable for your lifestyle and
Is it right for you?
Whilst a small flat could benefit greatly from a feeling of
spaciousness, a detached house with a large family will clearly
need more than one communal area. Whatever you decide, you'll want
to ensure your space is designed as efficiently as possible to
maximise impact and increase your property value.
Before knocking down walls to create an open plan living space,
make sure you speak to a council planning officer or chartered
surveyor to check the wall is not load bearing and find out if
planning permission is needed.
You will also need to consider ventilation and storage. Removing
walls will mean less storage space, therefore careful design
is needed to hide clutter. If a kitchen is included in your space,
an efficient extractor fan will avoid cooking smells drifting
through your living areas.
Decorating with neutral colours retains a sense of openness,
whilst areas can be defined through careful use of
accessories. Display splashes of colour and texture with rugs and
cushions to create a sense of warmth. Remember, open plan doesn't
have to mean sparse.
Carefully plan your lighting. Each area could be lit differently
to create zones and enhance the sense of spaciousness. Remember,
whilst your kitchen requires brighter lights, the dining area could
be softer with more functional lighting in the lounge for reading
You can break up large areas using your furniture. A carefully
placed sofa will create a cosy lounge area whilst still maintaining
an impression of space. By using these ideas you will ensure your
open plan living space is spacious and inviting as well as the
value of your home.