Open plan interiors are beautiful. We’re going to take a brief look at the pros of open plan living. First of all let me define my view of open plan space.
What is open plan?
The name gives us some indication, a space with this type of layout has one or more large, open rooms that function as multiple rooms within a single living space. The most common type we see is a “great room” that combines the kitchen, dining room, and living room in one shared open space.
Traditionally, homes built before the 1990s were designed with separate rooms in mind. A few of those rooms may only be separated by thin walls and an open walkway – most often the kitchen, dining room, and living room.
The mindset was that the more rooms a house had, the more attractive, compartmentalized, and functional it was. Maybe even increasing it’s attractiveness on paper when it came to sale?
Fast forward 20 years, and spacious homes with fewer walls are more popular than ever. Designers and homeowners alike began realising that homes with open floor plans could fit more usable living space into the same amount of square footage.
5 Advantages of Open Floor Plans
1. More social time. For example a person that’s cooking in the kitchen can still talk with people in other areas… without shouting.
2. Keep an eye on the kids. Great rooms allow parents to cook and do other household duties while their kids play in the same room.
3. Increase views and natural light. The removal of interior walls allows sunlight from windows in the exterior walls to permeate throughout the house.
4. Increase the perceived space. No matter which area you’re in, you can see more space than you would in a walled room, giving the illusion of a larger room.
5. Better for entertaining. When guests are over you can be part of the group while you cook and serve food at the same time.
There’s no denying that open plan living has some great advantages but they’re not a suitable layout for all houses, or occupants. Having said that, we still love it!