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Indian households have traditionally consisted of many small, cramped rooms and many families are opting to open up their living spaces with open concept floor plans. Let us take a look at different ways to create an open home design and make it work
Interior design has become an integral part of house design, whether it is a new home, a renovation or a makeover. Indian households have traditionally had small rooms, cramped spaces and inefficient layouts. The main goal was to accommodate as many people as possible, as most Indian households consisted of joint families, had a lot of household help and often played host to house guests.
These days, families have become much smaller and the needs of an Indian household have changed. Many Indian households are revamping their badly laid out interiors into more functional and comfortable spaces. Interior design plays a big part in bringing about this transformation. With good interior open concept floor plans, your cramped spaces can be made more functional, beautiful and comfortable.
An open plan house, or an open concept, is an interior layout that is achieved by combining two or more rooms together to make one large, open and airy space. It can have different configurations; an open kitchen and dining room; an open dining room and living room; or a large space that encompasses the kitchen, dining room and living room.
As families became smaller, having many rooms became more of a hindrance than a help.
Some of the reasons why open concept homes became popular are:
One of the goals of an open floor concept is to make everyday living easier. Making the change into an open floor plan may present some extra design challenges as one has to carefully choose layout, colour schemes, and scale to make the design work for you.
Let’s take a look at the various types of open floor plans that can be incorporated into a home and tips on how to make it work.
In an open concept plan, when combining two spaces, it is important to also define what each space is being used for. For instance, use a neutral or two-tone colour scheme through the space but lay down a patterned rug to anchor and define the living area and separate it from the dining space. The same colours can be used as accents on the upholstery of the dining room chairs to bring the space together while keeping it apart.
A great way to define areas in open plan designs is to use dividers. These can be low walls, furniture, plants or a decorative screen. For instance, a low sofa with a console behind it, lined with tall vases filled with gorgeous flowers makes a pretty separation between a living and dining area.
When combining a living room, dining room and kitchen, one of the essential requirements is a well organised kitchen. The kitchen cannot be a messy space as it can be seen by visitors to the house. A modular kitchen can help streamline the look and make it a neat organised space.
Use a coordinated colour scheme to make the space come together. For instance, using a variety of finishes and materials for the walls can help separate the different spaces in the room while using the same colour scheme throughout can help keep them coordinated.
Avoid fussy décor in an open concept house as it can negate the whole point of open planning which is to make a space seem bigger and airy. Choose furniture and accessories that are simple with neat lines. For instance, the use of a straight line tight back sofa, a small round dining set in light wood, flat glass cabinets and a marble counter for the kitchen will make the space look fresh, upscale, and neat.
Sometimes the addition of an unusual element can transform a room. For instance, give your kitchen a step up from the dining and living area. This can add some drama and define the spaces. Another unusual way to separate spaces is by having a hanging divider in the form of a wooden shelf on ropes filled with potted plants, or a pull down painted half screen that will be eye-catching and functional.
The easiest way to separate and combine a space at the same time is by using colours and patterns. For instance, use chequered flooring in contrasting colours, like black and white, throughout the space. Pair it with a low plush white sofa, dining chair upholstery in black and white prints, and black cabinets for the kitchen for a trendy open plan design that makes a striking visual.
Sectionals are a great way to maximise space in narrow homes. Use a neutral-coloured sectional that fits perfectly into the living area and separates it from the dining area. A display cabinet in white for the television and well-chosen pieces of art will make this a great lounge area to entertain friends in.
A neat way to separate areas in an open plan living space is with sliding doors. This way the space is easy to access during high traffic hours and can be closed off when entertaining. It is also a highly efficient way to convert a large space that can accommodate many people into a cosy area for the chosen few.
One of the easiest ways to make a very small open house design work is by making a broad half wall between the kitchen and living room and using that as the dining space. With pretty pendant lamps, cute potted plants and an interesting backsplash, it can become an easy breakfast nook and work area during the day and a lovely space to entertain friends in the evening.
Some open space plans have to accommodate a staircase and the best way to do that is to make the staircase part of the décor. A beautiful decorative, grilled railing decorated with potted plants can be an eye-catching feature. Or a little koi pond right under the staircase, with the reflection of the water dancing off the walls, will look absolutely gorgeous.
Open floor house plans have become popular because of how lifestyles have changed. Some benefits of open floor plans include:
Are you looking for an amazing open floor plan that will transform your cramped and drab home into a bright and beautiful space? At Beautiful Homes, our interior designers create exceptional open plan house designs and will flawlessly guide you through the design project, from initial concept to a timely execution. We take pride in creating innovative open concept interiors that are designed specifically for their owners, reflecting who they are and how they live.
Our discerning team will help you pick the best furniture, furnishings and accessories from our beautiful collection at our online store. Some of the cities where we offer our services include Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Pune.
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