We get a lot of messages from homeowners looking to transform their home into an open-concept floor plan. And although it may seem as easy as knocking down a few walls, there is quite a bit of thought put into the dreamy homes you see on HGTV. Here are a few tips to help you plan your own open-concept space!
It may seem counter-intuitive to divide your space when you are trying to create an open floor plan but having distinct plans for the ways you intend to use each area can be a major help when it comes to décor. How much of your space will be dedicated to the living room? Dining room? Once you’ve made these decisions try to incorporate visual cues to help separate these areas. This will keep your floor plan organized and will make it easier to pick furnishings.
Ever wonder why most modern homes have a minimalist design scheme? It’s because negative space (the empty area around each element) is a crucial part of creating a successful open concept layout. Not only does it help reduce clutter which can overwhelm the eye, but it also allows you to create more pathways which makes the room significantly more usable. Try to focus on pieces that provide both function and aesthetic (a nice coffee table or a chic lamp).
Although separating areas by function is important, you’ve also got to remember that these groupings have to be visually cohesive. The easiest way to do this is keep a consistent color scheme. We suggest picking one neutral color to be your dominant color, and then choose one or two more bold colors to add visual interest. Repeating finishes (similar wood tones, gold accents) and patterns is another great way to pull your design together.
One of the most important interior design principles is having a focal point in each room, whether it is an eye-catching lighting fixture or a beautiful kitchen island. Each grouping should have their own point of interest.
We’ve found that one way to incorporate these elements into your open-concept floor plan is with one of our unique systems! With thin frames to maximize negative space and a variety of finishes to choose from, our windows and doors are the perfect focal point. If you are interested in adding one of our systems into your open-concept space, visit us online at panda-windows.com.
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