Main floor open concept designs are still on trend. As the name suggests, open concept living incorporates large, open rooms; the most common being, the living room, dining room and kitchen combined into one shared space. An open concept plan is ideal for entertaining and makes any home feel larger, updated and contemporary.
Turning a traditional home into an open concept home can be a big project. Removing walls may require structural changes, such as beams and extra supports. This is where a professional designer comes into play. A designer will provide you with a floor plan and make sure that your budget and wish list are in line and in addition, will help you with the permit process and ensure you are protected throughout the renovation. Adding an archway in place of an interior door will give your home an open concept look without having to complete a major renovation.
Open concept living allows natural light to permeate throughout your home but the key to having an open concept plan is cohesiveness and flows correctly to link the spaces, but keep the rooms separate at the same time—divide with design. Create focal points in each living, dining and kitchen area to define the space, the use of pendant lighting and area rugs to ground and define zones works well. Removing interior walls means fewer walls to place furniture and cabinetry so plan carefully…keep this in mind, consider the placement of furniture pieces, incorrect placement can make household necessities look out of place and cumbersome. Keep your color palette consistent throughout the zones, walls and floors should each be one consistent color all the way through, to maintain continuity and avoid disrupting the visual flow. Hide the unsightly back of a sofa with a console table, and tuck baskets below to store TV-room accessories.