7 Spacious Interiors For Better Living
Just because most of us live in congested cities full of cars, people and massive office buildings doesn't mean our homes have to be crowded as well. In fact, open interiors can be a great cure to the noise and bustle of city life, providing an escape from constantly feeling “boxed in” by our surroundings.
Homes with wide hallways, open living spaces and reduced clutter offer some other unique advantages: mobility from one room to another becomes easier, the scenery is far more tranquil, children can run and play more freely (without fear of bumping into furniture), and a lack of decor makes it easier to emphasize the things you do own, such as key pieces of furniture, or certain colours, materials and light-fixtures.
Let's look at what open spaces can do to improve your life.
1. Sleek & Sophisticated
Why not start off on a high note? This gorgeous home from Weiken minimizes the furnishings and maximizes our perspective. Broad windows provide us with a view of the lovely outdoors while glossy wooden floors create the illusion of greater space through mirror-like reflections.
This combination of natural light and artificial reflection also increases our sense of distance along with gentle organic tones that radiate tranquility.
2. Winsome Whites
What gives this interior its sense of openness isn't only the absence of decor or furniture, but its generous use of whites and other light colours. And just as vertical stripes on people's clothes can make them appear thinner by drawing our eyes upwards, these wooden floor-boards draw our eyes towards the blinds in a similar manner, further adding to our sense of depth.
3. Wide Walkways
These floor-to-ceiling displays on either side create a spectacular narrowing of perspective, which is ironic given the fact that this hallway is actually quite huge.
Note how the lack of items in those display compartments reinforce the clean, clutter-free look of this walkway.
4. Industrial Austerity
It's no surprise that this industrial-style interior takes a spartan approach to design. There's barely any furniture, and what little there is serves a practical function, whether it's a couch for sitting or a table for dining.
The result is a rough and rugged look, but one's that's also quite relaxing. Interestingly, the few items of decoration in this apartment (such as the LOVE sign and the framed picture on the far back wall), are easily distinguishable because there's almost nothing to distract us. Just another advantage of minimalism.
5. Clean Layouts
Even though this home is full of furniture, books, art, and distracting (though gorgeous) light-fixtures, it manages to achieve an open look. The key to its success is organization: nearly all the furniture is on the room's left side, while the right side contains mostly shelves and cabinets for storage.
6. Deep Vistas
This amazing home combines sharp angles, rich colours and a lack of furniture to free up our sense of space.
There's almost nothing between us and that far back wall, which together with the brilliant illumination from the overhead lighting, serves only to increase our impression of great distances—hardly surprising when we consider that this home was made by a firm called Design 4 Space.
7. Gone To The Dogs
There's a famous English expression which states that if something has “Gone to the dogs” it has lost all its former greatness. In this case it's more literal than metaphorical....
Here we find an interior so wide and open that it's home to not one but three dogs. So what makes it work? The answer: clever use of vertical space.
Although this room has plenty of decoration and accessories most of them are mounted on the wall, with one item layered on top of another, thus freeing up much-needed ground space for man's best friend to run around and play.
There we have it: seven homes which favor openness and accessibility over abundance and excessive decor. With a calming, clutter-free atmosphere, these interiors are perfect for any or pets.