Open space idea is a distinct one yet more and more popular nowadays. While it’s relatively new to the wider group of residential inhabitants, it’s been developing since the end of XIX century.
To decide if this is perfect idea for our home we should learn about it and recognize pros and cons of this solution. Below you will find everything you should know before picking an open floor plan apartment.
Revolutionary idea of a „great room”
Traditionally every room in the apartment was assigned to its own specific function. Enclosed rooms such as bathroom, bedrooms, kitchen and living room were walled-in and connected with one hall. Most often the hall was a narrow and dark space considering each room was being closed. The idea of an open floor plan is to create one larger space which contains smaller rooms. Wall-free solution is a great way to establish airy and spacious feeling on the same or even smaller area than with closed plan. In other words open floor with its efficiency became economically beneficial. Most common example is “great room” that includes kitchen, dining room and living room. But living room-bedroom is also trending solution in single room apartments. One of open space precursors Frank Lloyd Wright (an American interior designer and an architect) determined this as a perfect solution for a housewife. In Wrights words she would become: „more hostess ‚officio’, operating in gracious relation to her home, instead of being a kitchen mechanic behind closed doors.”
Benefits of open floor plan
- Despite small area this option allow us to create airy looking space among which the sunlight can travel freely. Daylight has no barriers and can disperse throughout the room. Interior filled with natural lights is inviting and cheerful. It also provides bright and fresh feeling which effects positively our efficiency and vitality.
- Without any doubts it’s family-friendly solution. Preparing dinner or doing household duties and watching over kids at the same time is safe and careful option. Keeping an eye on the youngest ones almost all the time takes home safety precautions to the next level.
- We should consider social activities also. Open floor plan allows the host to entertaining guests while preparing meal for them. Chatting with friends or relatives becomes effortless when we don’t need to leave them to go to the kitchen. The number of our guests itself is also essential. In my opinion it can be substantial matter for everyone who’s a people person. The bigger space one has the more friends one can invite.
- The most distinct one is definitely less privacy. The same thing that was advantage before can also be a challenge. It’s natural to require some personal space while having your best friend over or talking on the phone. When the place is full of people it’s hard to achieve. Maybe you like to snack a bit too much while meal prepping and you want to stay undercover? Remember that, wall-free zone is also a secret-free zone.
- Another problem that results from open floor plan, is noise. Not only light can travel freely but also sound. So if you like calm and quietness when you’re cooking consider making kitchen a separate room.
- Definitely smaller wall area decreases space to hang artwork. On the other hand bigger space of a room itself allow us to display larger pieces without them looking heavy and oversized.
Decision and some hints
Open plan layout is most beneficial for those who:
- own a small apartmet,
- enjoy natural light and understand its influence on our state of being,
- have kids or simply like to have family in one room together,
- like social gatherings,
- have many friends and acquaintances.
If you truly mind having limited privacy, noise or when you simply not need one large space in your home choose enclosed spaces. Nowadays open layouts became popular and many decide to tear down some walls to achieve this modern look. Live-cook-dine idea is tempting but before we take any action you should analyze pros and cons.
Would you choose an open floor solution for your home? Let me know in comments!
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