5 Open-Concept Living Ideas For The New Year 2021

Living rooms have always been a place of gathering together and celebrating, even in the small moments, what you have, either as a couple or as a family. For those with families, the living room is where you open presents on Christmas morning, where your kids likely took their first steps, where you have the Friday-night movie as a timeless exercise in bonding as a family. It is area that is most important in your home

Far too often, living rooms are overlooked when it comes to home decor. They’re boxy and closed off from the rest of the house. The kitchen becomes a separate room, the dining room is just too formal, and the bedrooms are down long, narrow hallways. 

Well, that has been changing recently, with families opting for a floor-plans with a more open living room. If you’re one of those families looking to expand your living room space, here are five tips on how best to do so. 

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Start with the walls 

If you need to take walls down, do so as a starter. This will give you a clearer picture of the spaces that you could potentially be working with. This step will also allow just to simply open the space up and see how it looks, then go from there. 

Once you have satisfactorily opened up your living room, then comes the decorating. What color do you want the walls to be. Do you have plenty of family pictures or other heirlooms that would look good on a feature wall

Feature walls are usually painted in different colors from the rest in order to stand out. Stand in the middle of the room and see if you can figure out which wall makes sense to designate as your feature wall, then go about the fun business of finding which color paint you’d like to use.

Partial divides can go a long way 

I know, it sounds counterintuitive given what I’ve just told you about the niceties of open-concept living. But, that doesn’t mean to say it’s not true, open concept living can be better served by having a partial divide. It gives the room a sense of scale and can, depending on the nature of the design, be a useful space for things like books, plants, hell, if you have a wood stove, you can create a little wood-nook. 

There are plenty of ideas for how best to divide your living room, and done well, a divide here and there can, as counterintuitive as it might sound, actually add to space. Lastly put items in storage that take away from the space

Be bold with colors 

If you’re not just knocking on a couple of walls, seek to make better choices in the color of every piece of furniture in your open concept space. Bold is good, as it helps to define the space, which is really what you want if you’re going open concept. You want to open up space while making clear where the imaginary dividing lines would be. One of the ways to do this effectively is with boldly-colored furniture or walls

Perhaps instead of wallpaper or paint, consider a wood paneling with cubby holes for various things like plants or lights to match your curtains and blinds. Next step is to arrange furniture, which is often critically overlooked.

The impact that different furniture can have on a new space cannot be understated. Get that bright yellow sofa, but compliment with a blue of some sort to balance the colors. If you’re unsure of where to begin in this process, consider hiring an interior designer. 

Let in as much light as possible 

One of the reasons you went with the open-concept style in the first place was to open the space up more and let more of the outside light in. But that doesn’t work unless you have the right style of windows for the style of the room. This will mean spending a bit of money, but it will be worth it in the long run. 

Consider replacing your standard double-glazed windows with bay windows, big, long, wide windows that let a great deal more light into space and open it up just by virtue of their presence. Consider different types of shutters for these windows, too. Do you want curtains or blinds? All of these questions are important to answer before you get started. 

Open up to the outdoors 

One final way to open up your space is to put in those big windows strategically so that you can get a good view of the garden from your front room. It will make the house “flow” nicely, from the indoor to the outdoor. 

Gardens are an integral part of homes and having a front-row seat to all of your hard work can be very rewarding. Put in a couple of those large bay windows we spoke of earlier, a nice clear glass door, and gaze upon the fruits (sometimes literally) of your labor.