Open plan living is a modern style of interior design, which is also a lifestyle choice as well as a style decision. It is essentially opening up certain areas of the home and allowing them to be in one open space, with specific function areas as opposed to rooms.
Open plan living is so popular because it opens up the home, allows the family to spend more time together, and therefore getting to know each other better and enjoying the time they have together much more. This means more fun, more conversation, and better relationships.
Open plan living gives the home an informality. Conversation and engagement can transcend what would usually be separate rooms, and people can communicate when carrying out different tasks to each other.
It can be important to create separate ‘zones’ for each function, usually living, dining, and cooking, but there are alternative ways to do this other than building walls. Room dividers, permanent or moveable, don’t just give you style points, but they usually provide function such as storage or desk space.
Open plan living also gives greater access to the garden and outdoors from any area in the home. Bi-fold or French doors can open the entire home to the garden, promoting an indoor/outdoor lifestyle.
Open plan living is a big change if you are used to solitary rooms with single purposes, but if you’re after a more open and informal home that is better for entertaining friends and family, you might want to try knocking down a few walls!