Simple Design Ideas to Achieve an Outstanding Open Layout

Today’s home buyers don’t just desire an open floor plan. They demand it! But creating the ultimate open floor plan isn’t just about taking a sledge hammer to walls (hello HGTV!) it’s about thoughtful and creative design from the ground up. Here are a few easy ways to develop open floor plans that have pizazz.

Definitely Define Spaces

Carving out “functional spaces” gives buyers an idea as to how the open floor plan will flow and cater to their daily lives. Items such as area rugs and statement lighting help define spaces and add interest. By using an area rug in the great room and a gorgeous chandelier above the dining area, spaces are controlled and not confined.

Continuity is King

Fundamental design elements such as flooring and recessed lighting should maintain a consistent feel in the open space. It may sound obvious, but this creates an aesthetically pleasing and seamless flow that home buyers desire. Make sure that furniture, accessories and art all complement each other. Even check the color palette among spaces to make sure there is a strong relationship in color choices and styling.

Stunning Standout Features

In each “zone” of the open living space, make sure there is a design feature that really makes a statement. A beautiful, stone fireplace wall in the living area or statement pendants above the kitchen island gives personality to each of the spaces.

Keep Site Lines Secure

Keep an open floor plan just that – open! Make sure to leave the space uncluttered and don’t obstruct site lines with unnecessarily large accessories or furniture pieces. Buyers want to envision themselves cooking, eating and entertaining all in the same open, airy space. Something such as a tall bookshelf or bulky sectional could be more of an eye sore that a striking statement.

Take a Space to Soaring Heights

If the home can accommodate, it may be beneficial to add architectural drama. An open floor plan can feel even brighter and fresher with remarkable ceiling height and details. Vaulted ceilings or dramatic wood trim or beams may be the strong selling feature that stand out for a potential buyer.  

Indoor Outdoor Relationship

Don’t let the open floor plan stop at the back door! Create a seamless flow from the fresh, airy indoors to the outdoors with a continuation of flooring materials throughout both spaces as well as impressive, large glass doors and windows. 

See the photos below to gain some inspiration and ideas for mastering the open floor plan that buyers favor.

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