In recent years, property developers are developing a more and more open concept to suit the modern living lifestyle. Having a studio apartment or an open floor plan that blends together living area as well as the dining areas can feel like an interior challenge. You want to create separation while also preserving the open flow of the space.
Decorating an open floor space can be complicated but this space gives you a great opportunity of choosing a palette and sticking with it to create a seamless feeling between the living, dining, and kitchen areas of the house.
For some people, separate rooms still hold their charm. But many homeowners today are taking a sledgehammer to their traditional floor plans so they can enjoy cooking, eating, playing, and movie watching all in one space.
1. What Started This Trend
Decades ago, homes were built with the idea that every room has a distinct function on its own. You cook in a kitchen, you eat in the dining room, and you rest and relax in the living room.
Throughout the 1950s and ’60s, homebuilders saw the open living plan as a way to efficiently design a home using less square footage to save space. Ranch and split-level homes became very popular.
Not only did we blurred out the division of our home space, but we have also blurred gender roles. Both parents are now simultaneously share cooking and child-care responsibilities. We live in a tech-and media-driven world in which catching up on the day’s news during dinner is not only acceptable but expected.
2. Benefits of an Open Concept Living
Open-concept living is a favorite for numerous reasons. First of all, it can make even the smallest space feel bigger and brighter especially when you are living in a tiny house. A small apartment can be transformed into a light-filled space by replacing the wall with just an island or table.
Next, entertaining becomes a breeze with an open-flow kitchen and living area. You can comfortably chat with your guests while you cook. Kitchen islands or tables that are typically used as room separations have now become a focal point for food and drinks.
An open floor concept is also great for keeping an eye on your little ones, too. You can efficiently cook dinner or do house chores while interacting with your kids.
3. Challenges of an Open Concept Living
As much as we rave about the open concept, the open concept is certainly giving us some challenges. Clearly, some privacy is absent when you tear down walls and join everything together. Talking on the phone in the kitchen while your kids are watching TV could be tough.
On the other hand, losing wall space for your photos and artwork is another good reason to keep a wall intact. Fewer walls also mean fewer electrical outlets.
Finally, if you hate seeing a mess, open-concept living might not be for you. Toy chaos or messy kitchens are easily seen in open floor plans. Staying at your tip-top condition is key for open-concept living.
For example, a combination living and dining room, a division can be created not by using walls but by drawing the eye toward the large floor to ceiling bookshelves that run alongside the “living area” of the open floor plan. It is a clever use of space and adds storage.