What you need to know about Open-Floor Plans
Have you ever stepped into an apartment, only to be greeted with this one spacious room where the living room, kitchen and dining rooms are? An “open floor plan” in interior design refers to a home in which two or more traditionally separate spaces or rooms have been joined together to create a larger and more open space by eliminating the walls or partition that stood between them.
While the traditional design of living in multiple rooms is slowly changing, why not embrace it, giving you the all-in-one benefits of everyone room? Imagine cooking dinner while watching Netflix from your living room. However, there are drawbacks of having an open-room concept as well, which is why new homeowners prefer to play it safe with the traditional layout.
Brief history of open-concept rooms.
Several decades ago, houses were built with rooms to address the specific household need. People could cook in a kitchen, eat in the dining room, receive guests in a living, for every function there is a specific room. Everything seemed to be in order by being separated usually with walls and doors. However, during the 1950s and 60s, home developers realized that an open concept as a way of living could actually be more efficient. Therefore, split-level home designs became a trend.
The Verdict: Why Do You Need an Open Floor Plan?
Open-room concepts are becoming more popular over the years. Heres why. First, it can make your small space feel bigger and brighter. Imagine that you own a small-sized apartment with a tiny, windowless kitchen. With an open concept, it can be transformed into a seemingly spacious place by removing the partition and replacing it with a long but low table. Second, you can do more tasks inside the house with only minimal movements. You can reach for things quickly without having to open another door. Also, it works well with parents when they are keeping an eye on their children. An open floor plan allows them to do their household chores with their kids on their line of sight. Lastly, a large open space can be multifunctional. With the right type of multipurpose furniture, you can easily turn your living room to a home office, an entertainment room, or even a game room.
Decide based on your living preferences
As much as we discussed about space, the open concept of living still leaves us some challenges. First, privacy would most definitely be scarce when you remove the walls and doors of your house. Working from home while someone is watching Netflix could be quite challenging in an open floor setting. If you are neat-freak, an open floor plan might not be for you, unless you are living alone by yourself or you have neat freaks roommates then it is going to be fine. Maintaining your house’s cleanliness is the only key to an open-concept of living.
Today, Singapore’s living standards continuously improve, making its citizens ready to make smarter decisions when it comes to the interior design of their homes. Its no doubt that many residents are not just going after quality design but they are also after efficiency to maximise and personalise their houses. Have a question on interior design? Contact us in the link below.
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