To Open Plan, or Not to Open Plan?

We have decided that 2018 is going to be our year of saving with a view to possible moving in 2019. I love our current house, but know that as the girls grow they’re going to want their own rooms. I also want another couple of rooms downstairs for an office and a playroom. Our lounge is quite small so I’d happily combine rooms and opt for a large open plan. The sight of a large open plan home is something we normally see reserved for celebrities in lavish mansions and show homes. Open layouts are becoming more and more popular in modern homes as they give the illusion of a bigger space, provide more natural sunlight and outdoor views, and create a more safe and social environment.

Have you ever thought about turning your home into an open plan paradise? Or do you prefer your rooms closed off with doors from door store to achieve that comforting and more private feel? Lets check out some of the advantages of open plan living.


As a parent of three the appeal of having an open floor plan in your home means you can keep a close eye on them. Regardless if you’re cooking dinner in the kitchen or reading in the living room, you can supervise them playing outside or in a nearby room. After having twins, the sound of it is amazing!


Social gatherings are much more fun and less segregated.  We’ve all been to a party where people keep to the own groups, one in the lounge room, one in the dining room and while everyone is having fun, no one is really interacting outside of their groups. Having an open plan allows for these ‘barriers’ to be broken down.
An open layout makes entertaining guests not only easier but also more enjoyable. You don’t miss a beat while cooking because you can still see and socialize with your guests, and with the flow between spaces, it’s easier for voices to carry from the dining area to the conservatory.


If you’ve always dreamed of more room in your home, then open plan living could be the way to go. By opening up a space and removing any visual barriers, the interior and exterior spaces appear much larger!

And as far as your furniture is concerned – you’ll have less barriers in the way and more room to be creative. It’s easier to move furniture around and not struggling to try and fit it through doorways, especially if you decide to change the family room into the dining room and vice versa.  It’s also a great way to show of your style and taste, for example, if you have specifically bought your lounge suite and dining room suite to match each other, this decision wouldn’t have as much of a visual impact if these were in completely different, closed off rooms.

More natural light

Our kitchen is incredibly dark so a great idea is to eliminate extra interior walls to open up the space. By doing this, the windows will bring more sunlight into your home and give you a better view of your outdoor landscape, and living in a bright, open space that isn’t lit which artificial light will you give that much needed boost of vitamin D and can help stimulate and soothe your mind – not to mention be perfect Instagram fodder! Life made!

B xx

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