Are you thinking of redecorating and modernizing your house but aren’t sure how you want to do it? While an open floor plan can be challenging it definitely doesn’t mean boring. As a matter of fact, making an open floor area can be the perfect opportunity to get creative and start working on an amazing arrangement of the interior of your home. This type of design is perfect for large families who love spending time together but also for those who love to entertain their friends in the comfort of their own homes.
Create different areas
While having an open floor plan means you’ll have one large room, it should still be sectioned off in order to make clearly distinguished parts of the area. So, for example, if your kitchen, living room and dining room are all connected, it’s still important to decorate them in such a way that it’s clear which space is for what. This can be done by cleverly arranging the furniture. For example, put a sofa between the living and dining area. You can also use double-sided bookcases or cabinets to make a clear distinction between areas. However, be careful when arranging the furniture; too many pieces will make the area appear stuffy and crowded and the point of this type of design is to have plenty of open space.
Even though Australia is pretty sunny, it’s still very important to have good lighting in every room of your house (ed. note: In rainy Portland, good lighting is even more important!). You can clearly distinguish various areas of your open floor plan by installing different chandeliers in each designated area. After you install chandeliers, add some pendant lighting to the kitchen area, put in some additional soft lights in the living area and make sure that the chandelier in your dining area is directly above the center of the table. You can always add some additional smaller fixtures that will complete the design.
As much as it’s important to make a clear distinction between areas, it’s also important to somehow tie them together and wall decoration is the perfect way you can achieve this. If you’ve decided to paint your walls, use the same shade everywhere, and then choose a separate accent wall color or design for each space. Each accent you choose should work with the overall color but also with other accent designs. Installing tiles in your kitchen is a great way to create an interesting backsplash while wallpapers as an accent design in the dining area can really make the space even more interesting.
Having plenty of natural light is really important for any room so make sure you have plenty of windows in your open floor area. You should use the same materials for all windows but you can go for different window treatments for each space. For a more eclectic yet matching look, you can use the same style and fabric window treatments in different colors. If you have a patio, make sure you use it to the max by connecting it with your interior. You can find high-quality sliding doors in Sydney and use them to gain easy access to the outside but also to let in as much light as possible.
The final, yet most important, touch when decorating are accessories. Not only can accessories tie the room together, but they make it look extra beautiful and interesting. You can arrange some same style accent pieces around your home like river stones, wooden décor and landscape art, water features or something similar. The pieces don’t have to match, but they should work well together.
You will definitely have to knock down a few walls if you want to create an open floor plan, but the end result will be truly amazing. Open floor plan adds a certain dose of coziness that every home needs; so think carefully and start planning.
What’s the easiest way to make yourself feel comfortable while you’re in your home? Well, the answer is pretty obvious – you need to redecorate everything according to your needs and your taste.
The truth is, redecorating your home is a challenging task, mainly because you’re not starting from scratch. Working with a blank canvas would be much better, but fear not, there are affordable ways to dress up your place without having to tear down the walls.
Try these simple ideas and infuse your unique style into your place.
When the contractors started building your home, they started from the bottom, and that’s exactly what you need to do. Think hard about what kind of flooring you want to have in your home. Do you want to show that you’re a “green” person? Or do you just want to feel cosy at all times?
Those who own a home should consider remodelling it with cork flooring, but those who are renting an apartment should know that rubber-backed throw rugs are their best friend. They’re portable, easy to wash, and they even look cool. And remember – the bigger the rug, the bigger the room will feel.
Sometimes less is more
You don’t have to jam your shelves with books and trinkets just because they’re there. Instead, opt for a more minimalistic style. Several books and tall vases will do the trick. They’ll fill the space without overcrowding it, and in turn, your apartment or home will look like a sharp dressed man at all times.
Add some objects of colour to give your shelves a personality if you really want to, but stick to those colours that make you feel calm and collected. After all, it’s your home; you need to feel pleasant in it.
Tip: In order to save money, visit thrift shops. There’s a big chance you’ll find everything you need to decorate your shelves right there.
Install wall hooks
You can create an art feature out of your coat rack, and you can do so without spending more than 10 dollars. Wall hooks are surprisingly cheap, and they’re quite useful too. Quit overcrowding your closet and install the hooks on the walls.
You don’t even have to buy the hooks. If you’re good with your hands, try making the hooks out of materials you have lying around your home. That way, you’ll recycle and express yourself at the same time.
Decorate around a TV
A TV is a nice thing to have, but it’s not necessarily a pretty thing. That’s why most homeowners opt for a home theatre system. Some people in Australia are lucky; for example, installing a home theatre in Brisbane is cheap and simple, but what can you do if you’re from some other city? Well, you can try to make your own. The results will not be as pretty and functional, but you have to work with what you got.
So, start by painting the walls black and try to keep everything simple. If you can, put the TV on a gallery wall, on an easel, or behind a sliding wall. Blend your TV into the décor by keeping in mind that less is more. A TV should attract attention only when it’s turned on.
If you want to give the room where the TV is a soul, surround your TV with meaningful art and family photographs. Those objects can be symmetrical around the TV, or free-flowing, depending on the mood you want to create.
Personalise your bathroom
Cool and quirky bathroom accessories are not expensive, so instead of heading right to the “bath” section in a store, try to find some objects in your home and repurpose them. Teacups, glass jars, and even decorative trays can make great containers for your toiletries. Let your imagination run free, and re-use everything you can.
Your home is just yours, and you should feel comfortable and safe in it. Find new purposes for your old things. Paint the walls with the colours you like. Create your own world in your home and enjoy it.