The beauty of having a spacious open-plan living area is that there are many things you can do with it that suit your individual family needs. An open-plan room presents the perfect opportunity to repurpose the space you have in a way that fits with your family’s daily routine. So, how can you make the most of it? We’ve pulled together five inspirational ideas to get you thinking…
1. Games Room
Games rooms are becoming an integral part of many contemporary homes, as they are a great way to bring your family and friends together. Whether you’re stuck inside on a rainy day or just looking for something fun to do, a games room can be enjoyed at any time of the day. You could invest in a pool table or ping pong table, enjoy a board game or set up an Xbox 360 – the choices are endless!
Do you prefer books over a Kindle? If so, then you’ll know the difficulties of finding places to keep them. Books take up a lot of space, but having an open-plan room means that you have plenty of wall space to create your own home library. Throw in a pair of comfy chairs and a reading lamp and you have the perfect place to curl up and enjoy a good book or two.
Where better to create an inspirational working space than your open-plan room? A beautifully designed home office is proven to increase your productivity levels and concentration. Opt for furniture that is aesthetically pleasing with plenty of clever storage to ensure your work area is unfussy, organised and clutter free. Additionally, if you have children, you could create an ideal space for them to do their homework (and where you can keep an eye on them).
4. Party Space
You have a stylish open-plan room that combines functionality and purpose with modernity and elegance, so why not show it off? Make the most of the luxurious space you have always desired by inviting all of your friends and family round. Choose a comfortable sofa, some stylish and colourful ottomans and side tables to create a cosy snug that still has plenty of space for your guests to enjoy. You can even create a bar area in the kitchen and open up the French doors to extend your party space into the garden on warm summer evenings – perfect!
5. Play/Family Area
If you decide to create a play area for your little ones, you don’t have to worry about jeopardising the style and sophistication of your open-plan room. Design it with bespoke storage that allows you to clear away all of the toys at bedtime and leaves you with a space to relax in. Play mats can be easily rolled up and stored and a cosy book corner with floor cushions is a great way to utilise all available space. You can also design it with colours that compliment the rest of the house; meaning you don’t have to compromise on the overall appearance of your home decor.