Here’s how you Could Create an Open-Plan Layout in your Older Home

29 November 2019


Knocking down walls to make an open-plan layout is becoming a very popular trend. If you have an older home and want to do this then you have to make sure that you have some degree of sensitivity about it. If you don’t then you may end up damaging the overall look and feel of your property and this is the last thing that you need.

How to Zone Areas

If you have a big open plan space, then you will have the option of making the smaller areas you have more separate. If you have timber beams, then this will create an informal divide and you may even find that you can fit doors so that you can close off smaller sections when required. If you want to maintain a sense of flow with your space then it’s so important that you fit the same flooring across the ground floor. If you don’t then you may find that it looks odd when the doors are open and that you also have a constant reminder that the room wasn’t always this way.

Original Features

Believe it or not, original features are incredibly important. You should always avoid removing them or even replacing them if you can. They are what give your home its character and you may even find that they add value too. If you want to get the best result out of your home then you need to bring them out, rather than shutting them away. Fireplaces are a big one here, and so are plaster mouldings.

Extending

Moving walls might not be the best option if you have a period home. For this reason, you might want to think about adding a single-storey expansion. This will give your home a lot of open plan space and it will also give you the chance to enjoy the best of both worlds. Planners will want to make sure that the addition is going to be subservient to the main home, so do keep that in mind.

Colour Scheme

If you want your open-plan space to flow together naturally then you have to make sure that you have a level of consistency. Keep the colour scheme very neutral and also make sure that you have a nice backdrop to work with. Remember that neutral doesn’t have to mean colourless, in fact, pale blues or even greens can often be very tasteful. 

Coffee shades are also very modern and the best thing about them is that they make the room feel very warm. If you do want to add colour, then try and make sure that you have colourful rugs or other decorative accents. If you are moving home and are buying new furniture then why not look into an “assemble my flat-pack” service?

Choosing Flooring

If you are making your home open plan, then you have to make sure that you choose the right flooring. For example, you need to make sure that you have a hard-wearing flooring option for areas that have a lot of foot traffic. If you do then you’ll soon find that your home looks better and that you are also able to bring everything together too.


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