Open floor living rooms have become a staple in Singaporean homes – nobody likes or appreciates closed off spaces. But there are certain things that you have to keep in mind while designing such a space and this includes some basic thumb rules that we’ll be sharing right below:
1. Must feel like a space of its own
The first thing that you have to remember while designing an open floor living room layout is that it has to feel like a space of its own. It cannot mix and merge with other parts of the home. It has to have an identity of its own and the best way to do that is to have at least two enclosed sides that follow a specific theme. It can also have a recurring design element or even an L-shaped formation.
2. Have adequate circulation
The second thing to remember while designing an open floor living room layout is that you have to make it spacious as possible. It has to have adequate circulation spaces. Make sure there are standardized pathways that lead from one end to the other. Remember that there has to be at least four feet of spaces between fur furniture and the walls for comfortable movement.
3. Furnish minimally
Another thing to remember while designing an open floor living room layout is that you have to furnish it as moderately as possible. Until and unless you have a large enough hall, you have to suffice with a simple L-shaped sectional. Be very minimal – even avoid the coffee table and end tables if you can. Instead, focus on the wall-to-wall décor that doesn’t take up a lot of space at all.
4. Create spatial boundaries between spaces
It’s quite inevitable that open floor areas mish-mash into each other at their boundaries. The dining area, kitchen, and living room feature a triangle of such intersecting spaces. The best way to retain the individuality of your living room is to maintain as much spaces between the edges of these spaces as possible. However, do keep the scale of your space within mind during this venture.
5. Playing with floor materials
Open floor living rooms with large square footage can be placed on a half a foot high deck that varies in material from the rest of the space. However, this technique is seldom applied in living rooms with small areas as it takes up precious floor space from circulation.