Having an open floor living space is for some people the absolute dream, but it can sometimes be tricky to furnish and organize the space. As always, it all depends on your needs and aesthetic preferences. Well, if you are unsure of how to decorate an open floor plan, here are some guidelines to help you.
What will be the purpose of the space?
It is one thing when you have an open floor that is supposed to be a combined living room and a kitchen, but if you need to divide it into three bedrooms, it is a completely different story. Maybe you just want to have one big room that combines a lot of others and simply has different uses at different times of the day? All of these require different strategies and different approaches, so here are a few most common ones.
Joined Rooms & Open Floor Plans
If you have a big space that is supposed to contain several rooms, the best and most common solution is to divide the room with furniture. If you have a living room that is also an office, you can place a desk in order to visually divide the living and working space. This can also put you in the right mindset because you might find yourself lacking the motivation to work since you are in the space where you usually relax.
One very common combination is a living or dining room and a kitchen. A great solution to this is to use a bar as a barrier. This is a great way to divide, but at the same time bring together the whole room. It is also a great way to create a space for entertaining your guests while preparing food.
Although sometimes we need the space to be many things at once, we just can’t divide the room, not even visually. This is very common in spaces that are very small. This is where multi-purpose furniture can come very handy. A good example of this is a couch that can make a room look like a living room during the day, but which can be transformed into a bed during the night. A table that can be folded and put away in a few minutes can be the thing that transforms your bedroom into a dining room. Get creative, and you will see a lot of ways to quickly transform rooms.
If you have a large open floor plan, you might want to divide it into multiple rooms without building solid walls. How you will divide the space depends on what you need. Depending on whether you want to completely divide the room or you just want to make a visual division, you can choose between sliding doors, curtains or area rugs. Beaded, sheer or completely opaque curtains can all contribute not only to the texture of the space, but its décor as well.
Getting the Most out of an Open Floor Plan
Having a completely open space can be both a blessing and a curse. It can bring people together by giving them a single space where they should spend time, but if it is the only space you have, it might leave you craving some privacy. In the end, just like with everything else in life, you might need an adjustment period, so if you feel that an open floor plan is not the thing for you, what you really need might just be a bit of time to get used to it.