Much has been written about open plan living. It is a concept that architects, renovators and interior designers love to integrate into their plans.
But how is an open space plan implemented successfully? There are many ways to do it right, but placing all furniture in a room is definitely not one of them.
Our current way of living means there is no room in a house that has just one purpose. Whether you live in a small house or a mansion, multi-functional living can work perfectly. It is smart and practical, especially with an active family life, that a room can be used to do homework, eat family dinners, watch TV and surf the Internet.
It is not confined to rooms. Outside, including corridors and hallways, can be styled to feature additional storage – all you need is a bit of clever thing to achieve this.
Key Design Aspects for Multi-Functional Living
Consider these key design aspects if you are planning to incorporate some adaptable living plans to your space:
Look at the space you are living in and take note of the room that can be transformed to serve multiple purposes. For example, your carport can be decorated in a manner that can be used as an outdoor entertaining area. But before proceeding, put a little more into thought and find out if:
- the space has a good connection to the main living areas
- the floors are sufficient to accommodate furniture and furnishings
Inspect all your spaces, and think hard if the space could be used for another, more functional use.
Is your space large or small? What do your living space requirements? If you need storage, think of ways to use the walls for such use. If you require a large living area, you can try a plan the opens up into the garden. This will extend your living spaces.
The outdoor can be transformed to incorporate functions that may customarily be indoors such as all-season cooking and dining area. You can also have your outdoors serve as your main living area. These are just examples. Will they serve you well? That answer to this will be determined by the way you like to live, but it is curious how many people adopt these ideas.
Storage is undoubtedly one of the most under designed aspects of a home. Interesting, considering that well-designed storage increases the value of any space. It requires careful thought and design to pull off well-designed storage. Thus, storage often falls into the purview of designers, and it is them that try to come with ideas to incorporate storage in the early design plans.
Open plan living requires streamlined furniture, or a knack for design. It may not be practical for some to have furniture that is designed for space. However, carefully considering your space and measuring up correctly will help you separate your open plan space and purchasing items to fit the space for a more cohesive look.
Adaptable furniture, which can have many uses, is worth considering. When building or styling a new home, keep in mind the furniture you like or the pieces you currently own during the entire design process. This will guide you in creating a space that you will love to stay in everyday for a long time.
Happy Open Home,
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