Why You should opt for an Open Layout Concept

You move and remove clutter, shifting items around and yet, sometimes, no matter how hard you try, your home just never seems big enough.

If you’re the type that could do with a little more space, consider the open layout concept for your interiors.

What is it?

Singapore has experienced a rise in the appeal of the open concept space. A growing trend among HDBs, condominiums and even landed property homeowners. The sleek and modern aesthetics of an open concept layout matches functionality, establishing a singular focus through one, flowing section with multiple uses. Understanding the open layout helps you free your mind and envision spaces in new ways that you may have never dreamed were possible.

Project by: Minimology

The open concept layout quite literally entails the breaking down of borders such as walls and doors that separate distinct areas of differing purposes. Relying on a structure that fuses areas such as the kitchen, living room and dining room into one continuous experience, this design promotes connectivity, consistency, and creativity.

Bear in mind that an open layout does not necessarily mean that every single room in the house has to be connected, nor does it mean that all barriers between the rooms have to be removed. For the most part, the configuration of an open floor plan consists of only common areas. Bathrooms, bedrooms, home offices or storerooms can all be segregated since they are mostly considered to be private areas. Simply combining the communal areas can be enough for a successful execution of the open layout.

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Some may have come to love it while others may despise it but with an increasing demand for this captivating interior design style, incorporating the open concept as an alternative to (or as something that complements) your current layout could definitely be something worth thinking about.

A rejuvenating change of space

As you can probably guess, one of the main challenges that open concept living deals with is lack of space (or the constricted look and feel of smaller areas). When a home is cut up by walls that delineate one section from another, there is the chance that homeowners may feel like they are suffocating in their own homes.

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Fortunately, the open concept gives you an opportunity to broaden the scope of perspectives and the depth contained in your interior, clearing up cluttered corners along the way without the need to add costly square footage. Open layouts can prove especially effective in apartments, flats or other smaller living quarters. Tearing down walls that separate common areas can give you the ability to blur the lines between what a standard residence should and should not be.

If you’re feeling adventurous, opening up rooms and combining them into a collective open concept can also prove very rewarding, making a tiny place feel bigger.

A more social alternative

Have you ever had people over for dinner and felt a little isolated from the focal points of social interaction while attending to your culinary duties in the kitchen?

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As you toil away at the stove, the rest of your household is off watching a show or playing cards in the living room. If you’ve yearned for living spaces that don’t deprive you of the ability to converse and connect with others in the house, the open concept could be just the thing for you!

The positioning of furniture throughout an open layout can optimize effective communication at home. This allows for comfortable and uninterrupted interaction between people regardless of whether or not they’re in the kitchen. Whether chilling in the living room, on the sofa or having a meal in the dining area. An open layout can make perfect sense for both hosts and guests. Congregation is also a big part of house parties or get-togethers.

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Seamless integration

Converting the various sections of your home’s common areas into an open concept floor plan means that they all share the same square footage. This means that functionality and aesthetics can blend into each other to create a well-balanced, seamless experience for homeowners and guests alike.

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Instead of crowding the open spaces that your layout has presented with bulky furnishings and unnecessary items, you can choose furniture of a more streamlined variety and furnishings that allow light and air to circulate throughout the home, creating a more spacious look and feel.

Even if a more fluid, integrated style is what you’re going for, don’t forget that functionality must be a top priority with the open concept. With barriers removed, it’s important for you to have a firm idea of the different ways you intend to use the space. You don’t want to blend functionality to a point that it gets confusing.

Project by: Fuse Concept

Create distinct groupings by function, whether you’re combining a kitchen, dining area and living space or something else entirely, so you can plan where each grouping will be placed and how big it should be. One tip is to visualize your spatial flow. How would you like to move from one area to another? Is it more feasible for your dining area to be situated just beside the kitchen or would you like to isolate the dining area at another section for a more immersive dining experience without compromising on the spacious look?

As you assemble the different sections of the space, consider using visual cues to help distinguish each of your personalized groupings. Establish breaks in the open layout with a distinct throw rug or by arranging furniture into individualized seating areas.

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Breaking creative boundaries

In many ways, one of the most exciting aspects of open concept living is the opportunity to inject creativity into aesthetics, functionality, and layouts. Once you’ve laid down a foundation of what makes an interior distinctively open concept, you can inject some unique elements or original ideas into the whole concoction and just have fun with it.

Project by: Minimology

Consider carving out additional storage options in your open concept home by thinking out of the proverbial box and making different areas distinct by selecting contrasting tiling options.

If you still want to maintain a sense of privacy while still retaining the sense of openness, try using glass wall dividers between your living and kitchen areas or your bedroom and adjoining walk-in wardrobe. Unlike concrete walls, glass partitions add an illusion of more space and maximize the amount of natural light that can permeate into your home.

Project by: akiHAUS

There are more than enough incredible reasons for you to incorporate the open layout when dealing with your interior. If you’re itching for a transformative idea that plays with the spaciousness of your home and to deliver a modern, elegant and effectivestyle, go ahead and begin your open concept adventure. You may just be surprised!

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