Hello again everyone! Sue Ann had a great blog on open concept floor plans a couple of days ago. It sent my mind into overdrive from conversations I have had myself about the pro’s and con’s. I have spoken to people who were sort of stuck with open concept and hate it, and those stuck with closed in spaces and they hate that.
On closed spaces, mirrors are your friends, among other things I have learned. For this blog though, I want to give some tips that I have used and will be using with open concept floor plans that still need some boundaries and definition without adding walls.
I love the open concept that Rattlesnake has. It is perfect in fitting with the “one room farmhouse” feel and theme out there without actually being a one-room farmhouse. The kitchen, dining room, and living room are one big room now.
This is lovely to me, but I still want there to be enough definition so that “No eating in the living room!” and “No electronics in the dining room!” can be clearly defined. How can this be managed without walls though. That’s the trick! Let’s break down what a wall is in a house in terms of open and closed concept, shall we?
What is a wall?
For the purposes of open vs. closed concept, a wall is a defined stopping point of a room. That’s all. Of course exterior walls are highly important, but they are also the stopping point of whatever room is behind them. So if we need definition for a stopping point of a room, how can we do that without a wall? We designate a new “wall” of course.
In the case of my kitchen, there is a defined stopping point without the use of a wall, with the use of an intentionally placed island instead. Ahhhh!!!! See what we did there? One side of the island is kitchen and prep side while the other side of that same island will serve as a 3-seater breakfast bar. The breakfast bar is in the dining room.
Between the dining room and living room will also be a designated boundary created with the placement of furniture, specifically the couch. The back of the couch faces into the dining room, and right behind that couch will be a small table of some sort that will hold dining room items.
I have also seen the back of the couch have a large, sturdy china cabinet behind it. It was handcrafted and had shelves on it to hold pictures and serve double duty in both front and back, if you could decide which was the front and which was the back.
You can also change paint color to help create those boundaries. I have three different colors picked out for the rooms. The transitions between the paint are still in the very early design stage, but it is close to being a workable idea.
Where I got my design training
Oh, thank you college theatre and set design classes! They exposed me to many, many set designs and taught me how to make invisible walls/boundaries and paint color transitions.
I guess it really is little wonder that I love the open concept floor plan so much. It works right into my thespian heart. That is a revelation came to me right at this very moment of writing this, and it has made me smile a great deal.
Please leave me feedback, and let me know what you have done to create boundaries and walls when needed in an open concept!