So you've knocked the walls out and created a beautiful open space to live in. Remember that's only the first step to open plan living. You really need to think about your furniture and its placement to get the most out of the new space.
- One thing that really helps combine an open plan space is to have the same colour scheme running throughout the whole area. You may be using the room for different functions but it should still feel united.
- Another thing to consider is what you want to do in the space. Do you want to read, watch TV, or have a dinner party? The key here is to make sure the functions are related - a child's play area in a formal dining room spells disaster!
- Now look at the existing furniture you have. The room should flow from one area to the other. Using furniture, such as a sofa, to 'divide' the room (just like your walls did) will defeat the purpose of moving to open plan.
- With a new space, you may want to consider purchasing new furniture. In this story, we used a chocolate ottoman 'bench' in the centre of the room. It can be accessed from both sides and thus is the perfect piece to differentiate the spaces. We chose a coffee table that was the same height as the ottoman. We put the television onto a mobile stand so that it could be moved easily to any part of the room. We also created a reading nook using a sitting chair, pouf square and side table.
Equipment and Suppliers
Orson and Blake
- Ottoman 'Bench' med (2000x360x670) in chocolate @ $1330.00
- Pouf Morrocan Leather Kilm Square @ $375.00
Ottenby TV Shelf @ $149.00
Klubbo Coffee Table in White (97x60x27cm) @ $95.00