Seeing through - The Open Floor Flow Space
Architecture and interior design have taken a curve through the century. The spaces that had basically become definition of the past were radically manipulated to become something else. Our households were redefined – as were our activities and entertainment. This change in concept was derived for a modern and therefore better way of life. As contemporary ideas continued to flow in, the styles of interior and architecture changed further, and we ended up with what we have today – a basic mold of a house formation that caters to both aesthetics and functionality. The modern era carved the way for open floor planning, and that trend seems to have persevered through the contemporary times. Today, we have homes with open kitchens and living rooms that are adjoined to dining spaces. You can stand at one point of your home and observe the space without many visual barriers. A see through genre of homes and apartments is slowly taking over the design world. So let us take a look at some of these designs today.
Half in, half out
When you design these open floor plans, you have to be very careful about accommodating the structure. While a column or a beam can be interpreted as hindrances from an architectural point of view, they can also be perceived as assets from an interior design perspective. Take a look at the image below, and you will see a small partition wall – that may or may not have to do with the structural integrity of the space. But despite that, this interior seemed to have embraced the concept of open floor planning pretty well.
One of the benefits of having an open floor plan is that it can make small spaces seem larger than they actually are. This illusive quality makes the flow of these open interiors much more pragmatic as well as aesthetically alluring. If you look at the apartment below, you can see how narrow the space is – even the openness in the plan has failed to deliver. In such a case, using mirrors to broaden the horizon of space is a common trick. It can double the size of s space in perception without any physical barriers.
While open floor planning seems to be a trending aspect in studios and apartments, it has not yet been as embraced with using balconies and verandas. Here is an example of how you can use the balcony along with a French door style to integrate the interior and the exterior aspects of interior design.
This apartment seems to have taken a shabby studio style without any structural hindrance and made it into a beautiful conjoined space. The activities of living area, kitchen and dining seems to have adjoined seamlessly into one space without any physical obstructions.
Another style that has been embraced in widespread is the idea of temporary partitions – these can change the outlook of an interior space in a single second. You can distinguish between two spaces and then then join them seamlessly without any effort. This temporary visual barrier is prime choice for those who find open floor plans too modern an aesthetic.