Decorating trends show that the interiors industry is becoming big on tearing down walls to create open-plan homes – to sell at a big profit. But, what if you would like an open plan feeling but don’t have the money to tear out walls and add expensive support beams?
What if you buy a house with an open plan and can not figure out how to place the furniture for a comfortable, homey feeling? What if you worry the home won’t have that cosy feel?
Open-plan homes have advantages and disadvantages to consider and deal with. Here’s a few points to consider:
Furniture Makes a Difference
Open plans require appropriate furniture and careful arrangements. There is more space to work with, so some larger comfortable pieces, such as the new bean bags sofas and loungers, can be considered. They are available online from sumolounge.com and other online sites. The new bean bags are good quality, reasonably priced choices for decorating on a limited budget. They come in many sizes, shapes, and fabric covers.
Sectional couches or sofa and love seat sets are great additions to large open spaces because they not only provide seating but act as low room dividers. Area rugs are also very good for defining conversation and relaxing spaces in a large, open area. Glass or other decorative room dividers may work to define space without sacrificing light or a spacious look. Provide furniture for all the uses the open space will need to accommodate. Eating furniture can double a study or gaming furniture. A dining table and chairs can also serve as a divider between the kitchen and living area.
Furniture should be multi-use and easily movable. One advantage of a big open plan is that it can be rearranged as family needs change. Provide plenty of storage pieces to avoid a cluttered, messy look.
Create an Open Plan in an Older Home
So, you want to change your older home into a more contemporary open-plan home. Well, proceed with caution and get help from experts such as architects, engineers, or building contractors with experience in this kind of project. Some walls are load-bearing and must be left in place to maintain the home’s structural integrity. If they are removed, the walls must be replaced with expensive support beams. Other walls are not load-bearing and can be removed.
The major consideration should be whether the home benefits from the changes needed to provide a more open plan. Some homes will benefit and others will not be improved enough to warrant the expense. Some homes, like Victorian or cottage style, will lose their cozy character with the removal of walls. Some spaces will benefit more from a small addition rather than tearing down internal walls. One example of this strategy is adding an open-plan extension to a kitchen.
Respect the Character of Your Home
When planning to open up the home’s floor plan for a more spacious modern look, consider the character of the home. It is possible to remove a few walls and still retain the look you liked when purchasing the home. One common project is to open a closed-off kitchen to the dining or living room. This is a good first project because it will make the kitchen more usable and enjoyable to use. The whole wall does not need to be removed if it is a load-bearing wall. A large pass-through can open things up.
Careful planning and the correct arrangement of furniture make all the difference in achieving an open-plan look for a home.