Time to open up?

Fresh, spacious and bright … the key selling points for moving to an open plan layout. With our everyday lives becoming far more integrated, and work spaces often cornering part of the living room, ‘going open’ within the home is increasingly popular. But where to start – and how to do it right? Here are our three top tips for a smooth transition into open plan.

Get in the zone

Before you start, think about how you want to use the room right now - and in the future. Create zones when planning and consider the activity for each space. Avoid the classic mistake of having your kitchen in the middle of an extension – cue children running at top speed into the garden when you're cooking and carrying pans of boiling water.

Go colour coded

Separate each zone with colour. A great way is to go light and bright with the walls but accessorise the zones differently. So for example, ‘White Gloss’ wall panels keeps space neutral and provides you with a literal blank canvas to personalise and accessorise. Worried it might be a bit bland? Then add depth with textured finishes such as Concrete. Again, your choice of finishes can also impact, our GetaLit range of worktops has a design to suit every taste.

Be clever with floors and doors

When joining rooms, plan for oversized doorways which give a feeling of grandeur, choose moveable screens rather than solid doors or include 'half walls', which partly section off space into areas. Continuing flooring throughout your home always looks great. Use rugs to visually define the spaces - thick and fluffy for the living room, or a tapestry effect for the hall.

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Things to watch when going open plan:

  • If you live in an area at high risk of subsidence, always seek professional structural advice before knocking down a wall – this can affect stability and may require underpinning.
  • Don't forget the effect that heating one big room will have on your fuel bills. Underfloor heating is a good option to ease costs.
  • Removing a wall will usually bring more light into this part of your home, but it can make other areas become darker. Think about how you’ll level this.
  • Privacy, just how much do you want on show?
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