4 Ways to Create an Open Floor Plan in Your Home

By Alicia Geigel on November 3, 2019

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When you live in a space that is limited by a specific interior design, like walls, beams, rooms, etc., making more space or creating an illusion of a more open one doesn’t always come with ease. If your home is small, it can be difficult to figure out how to go about organizing it effectively and decorating it appropriately and to your taste. You have to be careful and aware of what furniture pieces to buy, what colors to paint your walls, and what accessories to weave throughout your official (tight) space. While you want to make your place homey, you also don’t want to clutter it up or have too much going on to the point where it doesn’t look or feel comfortable.

Part of the appeal of an open floor plan in homes is that there is more space or at least, it looks like there is more space. Generally speaking, people don’t like to feel trapped or suffocated in any place, especially somewhere they call home. Though it may seem like a tough job, giving your home the feel of an open floor plan is easier than you think! Are you currently living in a home that’s restricted by specific kinds of design? Do you feel lost and frustrated trying to figure out how to maximize space? Need some simple tips on how to effectively create an open floor plan in your home? These four tips will give your home a comfortable and more breathable feeling- you’re going to wish you would have known about these sooner, trust me!

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What is an Open Floor Plan? 

The idea of an open floor plan has been popular in interior design and homes for close to 30 years. According to Lee Wallender of the Spruce, “The phrase “open floor plan” when used in residential architecture refers to a house in which two or more traditional-use spaces have been joined to form a much larger space by eliminating some of the partition walls that normally divide rooms.” Typically, you will see either the dining room and kitchen combined, dining room and living room combined, or sometimes all three. The idea is that there aren’t standard partitions to separate the specific rooms in the home, rather, the space is left open.

1. When in Doubt, Go Minimal: Have you ever heard of the phrase, “less is more”? Well, in the case of trying to create an open floor plan when your home doesn’t allow for one,  less is more and will give you more! Try incorporating the color white into furniture pieces, accessories, or and most importantly on your walls! White will help to make the space feel more open and less cramped and tight. Sarah Lyon of Apartment Therapy writes, “Leaving your walls painted plain white and keeping artwork to a minimum will draw less attention to the fact that your floor plan does, in fact, include dividers.” White walls can sometimes be considered boring, but plain walls will definitely help create a more open space!

2. Take Advantage of Natural Light: Taking advantage of natural light is a great way to open up any space in general. Kelly Weimert of The Spruce affirms this stating, “natural light has a knack for making any space feel more open and airy, so maximize yours as much as possible.” When creating an open floor plan, try adding mirrors in the direction of natural light to give the illusion that your home, specifically kitchen/living room/dining area, is larger than it appears. Additionally, when decorating your home, place a mirror, whatever size of your choice, in front of a window. Doing this will reflect the outside, making your space look bigger while also reflecting the sunshine to add brightness to your space and boost your mood.

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3. Get Creative with Furniture: Having an open floor plan requires a little creativity with furniture, as you have to be smart and savvy when choosing what pieces you want to put where. You don’t want a huge couch or giant dining room table taking up all the space that you’re trying to create, as that completely defeats the purpose of what you’re trying to accomplish! Treat your space as if it has an open floor plan, and arrange your furniture in a way that is quirky, fun, and gives a fresh feel to the specific areas you’re targeting.

4. Give Each Area a Unique Feature: Just because you’re creating an open floor plan doesn’t mean that everything has to be monochromatic, boring, or the same. To help give your space both pizzazz and personality, give each specific area a unique feature to help designate it from the others in your new open space. Neila Deen of Fresh Home suggests, “Creating a standout design feature in each area will not only help to define each space but also make your room shine. For example, you might try a gallery wall in the dining room. Hang an oversized chandelier in the living area, or use zebra wood for the base of your white kitchen island.”

Creating an open floor plan in your home is a simple way to give your space a fresh and comfortable feeling that you might not have had before. Remember to have fun and be creative in the process!

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By Alicia Geigel

Uloop Writer
Temple alum | columnist at Uloop News | writer at Top5Must & KnowPhilly | photographer | food blogger

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