The benefits of open plan living

The benefits of open plan living

Every room in your home has its own purpose for being there. In fact, at one time, it was considered the norm for each individual room in your home to have its own separate space… but not any more!

Open plan living has continued to increase in popularity with more and more of us recognising the significant benefits of embracing an open plan set up, including improved light flow, more space and, of course, a lesser sense of being confined to an enclosed space.

Of course, there are a whole host of other obvious benefits such as allowing you to cook and socialise at the same time, keep an eye on your little ones whilst cooking or cleaning, and even increasing the space in your home.

From open plan kitchens that merge seamlessly with your living room or dining space, to open plan living rooms that blend with your dining area, there are a whole host of opportunities that will allow you to create the perfect space for you and your family.

So we’ve complied a list of some of the things you’ll need to think about before dividing and connecting the space in your home…

Diving your space

An open plan living space will not only improve the flow of your home, it can also instantly improve the amount of space you have to work, play and socialise.

However, it’s important that you understand how you are going to divide your rooms, and there’s lots of ways to divide your space without it imposing on the look and feel of a room.

One of the most popular divides is using a breakfast bar or island in your kitchen as a way of keeping your kitchen separate from your dining area. Kitchen islands will not only provide you with valuable food prep space, but many kitchen islands also come complete with innovative storage, allowing you to conceal everyday items that can sometimes leave you space feeling cluttered and messy.

Here at Kenneth Installations, we pride ourselves on offering a world-class kitchen installation service, helping you to design and create a kitchen that meets your exact requirements

Using storage to divide your space

Integrating storage as a means of subtly separating your space is a great way of utilising functional partitions Shelving units are a great solution as they not only provide practical and stylish storage space, they also don’t impose too much on the rest of your space.

Another one of this season’s key trends is to integrate a central fireplace into your open plan living space. These tend to work the best when used to divide the space between a living and dining room, and add an attractive focal point to your home. Designed to complement and enhance both contemporary and traditional spaces, freestanding stoves will instil an instant sense of warmth, homeliness and light into your home.

Containing cooking smells

One of the biggest issues that homeowners with an open plan living space face, is containing cooking smells and steam.

But don’t worry, if this is an issue, there are lots of things you can do to contain the problem, including ensuring that you invest in an extractor fan for your kitchen. It’s also advisable to make sure that when you are designing your kitchen, make sure that your cooker and hob are close to a window!