5 Tricks to Enhance Your Open Living Area

Dec 22, 2015 | Home Designs

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Want to make your open plan look bigger? Or perhaps you have guests coming over soon. Here are 5 tricks…

Want to make your open plan look bigger? Or perhaps you have guests coming over soon. Making the most of your open plan area is surprisingly easy with the clever use of layout, zoning and light. To avoid an open plan space that looks dull and flat, you will need to look at playing around with perspective, layers, textures, lighting angles, materials and the style of flooring and furniture to name some factors.

To get you started however, we’ll focus on 5 tricks to enhance your open living area.

1. Define your Zones

You don’t need separate rooms to define different zones. You can manipulate different zones to varying degrees to emphasis their separation or integration. Changes in floor level, ceiling condition, furniture arrangement and more can fine tune your layout.


The Parallel by Smart Homes for Living. Zones are well defined here – the living room arranged on one side, the dining table on the other.


2. Use Visual Separation

Create a clear separation between zones in the open plan to enhance a sense of extra space. You could visually highlight zones through the use of artwork, sculptures, statement rugs or you could change the flooring. For example, timber flooring can be under the dining table and then carpet flooring under the family area.


The Destiny by Smart Homes for Living. Showing a visual distinction between dining and family room.


3. Use natural daylight 

Daylight is a wonderful way of emphasizing the open areas of your home. Large windows, sheer blinds or curtains and reflective flooring all help to bring in and bounce light around your living and dining areas.


The Fusion by Smart Homes for Living. See how natural lighting really brightens up this open plan?


4. Bring in Colour, Patterns and Texture

Create layered views in the open plan with use of colour and patterns. You can give the illusion of greater space and depth by also experimenting with different materials and texture.


The Protege by Smart Homes for Living. A furry statement rug, a patterned ottoman, mixmatched pillows and funky lighting give this open plan alot to look at.


5. Keep interior design simple

Back to basics, keep interior design simple – think of three colours you like, one being primary, and then go from there. You will find by keeping things simple – the overall finished look will be well polished, clean and minimalist.

open plan blue

The Genesis by Smart Homes for Living. Black accents highlight this open plan with blue and white.

Written by Siobhan


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