Interior Design Ideas for an Open Concept Living Space

Nov 17, 2016

Open concept plans are becoming more popular in family homes. They offer wonderful versatility in how you choose to use the space and they typically let in more light. Open concept plans are perfect for entertainment, and the whole family can gather in the same area. Designing for an open concept plan can be a bit challenging, but here are a few ideas that may inspire a style that works for you.

1.Find balance

Interior design ideas for an open concept living space

You will usually see an open concept plan compartmentalized to accommodate for the different areas, while still flowing together. This is a departure from a traditional layout, where it is clear where one room ends and another begins. However, with an open concept there is flexibility with how and where you set up each area within the larger space.  In order to truly master a successful open floor plan, you must consider maintaining balance, and the best way to achieve this is to pay attention to the symmetry in the room. For instance, if you have a dining room or a large island on one end of the room, consider mirroring it with another large piece of furniture on the other side. Once you have the larger pieces selected, you can start considering smaller items that accent the room while still maintaining symmetry. This will ultimately lead to a more balanced and natural look throughout the room.

2. Unify the room

 Interior design ideas for an open concept living space

When designing for an open concept, you must always remember that even though the space is compartmentalized, there must still be some design elements that unify the room as a whole. This can easily be accomplished by making certain elements uniform throughout: such as light fixtures, hardware, flooring choices, trim and window treatments. When decorating the room, you should also consider using similar or complementary patterns and colours to further tie the room together. This will enhance the feeling of harmony throughout the entire space.

3. Capitalize on the natural light

 Interior design ideas for an open concept living spaceOne of the primary reasons that the open living concept is so popular is the additional amount of natural light, compared to traditional floor plans. Fewer walls equals more light, and the best way to take advantage of this is by selecting décor that complements the lighting. Selecting natural tones with a simple design is an easy way to add to the brightness of the room. You can further enhance the brightness of the entire room by adding a few well-placed mirrors, which have the added benefit of making an already large space feel even roomier.

4. Don’t forget about the corners

 Interior design ideas for an open concept living space

When selecting furniture for an open concept, you should also think about the best way to accent the smaller areas. This is especially true for the corners of the room, which can also increase the overall functionality of the space. Add a small and cozy sofa for reading, or even a workspace for children to complete homework. These small nooks can greatly increase the overall charm of the entire room.

5. Consider using planning tools

 Interior design ideas for an open concept living space

Perfecting an open floor plan can be very time-consuming and tedious. It’s also common to make the mistake of ‘believing we know what something might ultimately look like’ because we trust in our ability to visualize it. When in fact, very few people are able to do this successfully. There are many tools available to help successfully pre-plan a layout and select a color or pattern scheme upfront- before purchasing anything. With a little research, you can easily find free software programs and apps that will provide you with a virtual view of what your open floor plan might look like with different configurations and colours. Some of the top rated ones include Autodesk Homestyler, Floorplanner, Roomie and Place Pad. Doing the research upfront can potentially save you tons of money, time and stress.

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