5 top tips for open plan living

More and more people are hiring experts to help create a series of interior designs for their homes. That’s because people recognise that their homes can make them and their family happier and more content if their surroundings are pleasing and personal. The expression “interior therapist” has been coined because it’s a two-way constant channel of communication between you and your interior designer. It is not for an interior designer to impose their own ideas and suggestions onto their client, but rather help the client to understand and express themselves as what they want. It goes a lot deeper than just asking a client what their favourite colour is!

Elizabeth Danon is one such person- she can help you over your design decision hurdles from creating mood boards and helping you find your own individual style. Her method is to meet up with you for an hour so she can discover all about you, your lifestyle and how you want to live in your home. She is based in Angel, but come to anywhere in London. Her one hour consultation is £50. After that everything else is based on your budget and how much you want her to do. It could be that the initial consultation will be all that you require to then go-it-alone, or it may be that you want to spend more time examining themes and possibilities.

As a starter, Elizabeth has given us her five top tips for an open plan area in your home. Open plan areas are great because it gets away from the traditional pattern of rooms with doors in a house. You could remove the walls and doors for the whole of the ground floor for example. The trick is to make the space flow whilst permitting for private spaces.

Sofas, especially L-shaped sofas can be used to create a border within an open space. Add a rug in the middle of the floor and some other arm chairs facing the sofa and you’ll have a cosy welcoming area for people to sit and talk. Your living room open space should all be focused on the TV plasma screen!

The dining tale will define the dining area and a great idea is to have a simple (or ornate) light hanging down from the ceiling or a candelabra on the table. A rug underneath the table makes it cosy and you can eat barefoot!

For bedrooms you’ll want to separate them from the main living area. You could do this using a wardrobe, some bookcases or have a curtain all the way round further defining that this is a private bed area.

One area where you will want a door is the toilet/bathroom area. No problems. But mirrors and green plants should be the order of the day here. And of course have plenty of hanging and wall candles- but not too close to the blinds or curtains!

Finally use different heights around the open space area. This leads and challenges the eyes and allows you to define areas within the overall open space. Use wall-hangings, a standard light, plants and perhaps a statement ceramic vase or sculpture on a small table.