Almost all homes being built today or re-modeled, have an open concept design. Simply put, the kitchen, dining, and living areas become one open space.
While still enormously popular, for this week’s post I’m going to play devil’s advocate and say this might not be the best floor plan for everyone. Here’s why:
.  For one thing, open floor plans can be difficult to decorate as it can be a challenge knowing
   how to best delineate the different spaces. Each area has a different function and there’s the
   risk of looking hodge-podge.
.  Secondly, there’s often little wall space for artwork and other decorative items.
.  Lastly, it’s difficult to create cozy, intimate areas.
What if it’s possible to have the best of both worlds? What if you could have separation without closing off? Achieve unity while still keeping definition? Have a slight separation of each area, yet allowing each its own personality and warmth?
It’s certainly possible as the following photos show. Take a look and see what you think.
In this photo, a fireplace wall subtly separates the living area from the kitchen and dining areas. It’s still open, but gives a feeling of privacy and specific use.
An open shelving partial wall allows light to pass through the spaces, while the wide door opening separates the different areas yet still connects them.
The home office is separated by using an internal window wall. Again, it’s still an open space, yet there’s a feeling of privacy while still being a part of the living area.
A wide opening separates the spaces while still being open to the connecting areas.
All of these examples show how different levels and in some cases different ceiling heights can create separate areas, yet still connected. Psychologically, you can feel alone if you wish, yet still a part of the different home activities.
A partial wall makes the function of each space easy to see and use accordingly while still being in an open space.
A half wall separates the living area from the kitchen. You can still be preparing meals while interacting with family and/or guests. Not every cook wants the mess of a kitchen to be shared.
Sliding doors may be the solution when you want or need privacy, yet still have the option to open completely keeping an open space plan.
These are excellent examples of a compromise between a large and completely open space and closed off individual rooms.
If one large open space is just too big and open for you, open yet separated areas could be the perfect solution.
Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
Photos via HOUZZ


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