Since their inception in the 1950’s, open floor plan houses have become much more popular (especially in recent years). It’s hard not to be envious of them; open floor plans create a spacious atmosphere even in homes with small square footage. But the thought of tearing down walls and reconfiguring your entire home can be terrifying.
Fear not –the remodel of your dreams is very achievable! And with the following open floor plan remodel ideas, you’ll wish you would have done it sooner. In this post we’ll talk about:
- What You Need to Know About Open Floor Plan Remodels
- Design Ideas for Open Floor Plan Remodels
- Combine Your Kitchen, Dining Room, & Living Room
- Flooring for an Open Floor Plans
- Paint Ideas for Open Concepts
- Lighting Options for an Open Floor Plan
- Designing Walkways
What You Need to Know About Open Floor Plan Remodels
As with any remodel, there are realities in what can easily be accomplished and what will require much more intensive labor.
Walls can be the trickiest issue. Those that are load-bearing will need to be replaced with a beam or structural element to protect the integrity of your home.
Permits may also be required when redesigning the structure of your home. While DIY projects are possible, working with a licensed contractor will help eliminate any worry of reducing the safety of your home or overlooking any legal requirements.
Design Ideas for Open Floor Plan Remodels
Now that you’ve got an understanding of the limitations of open floor plan remodels, it’s time to let your imagination run free! For a cohesive open layout design, you’ll want to carefully consider materials, colors, lighting, and even the furniture you put in the space when it’s complete. Without further ado, let’s dive into our top open floor plan remodel ideas.
Combine Your Kitchen, Dining Room, & Living Room
This may be the most obvious tip, but it’s also the most important. When contemplating your open floor plan, make sure to include the kitchen, living room, and dining room.
These three spaces combined are a perfect trifecta for entertaining. And since they typically neighbor each other, combining them all will significantly increase the openness of your home.
Flooring for an Open Floor Plans
Although your spaces will no longer be separated by walls, you probably won’t want carpet in the kitchen or linoleum in the living room.
Choosing a flooring option that works in several spaces can be tricky. However, some materials work exceptionally well across the board. Wood is a gorgeous and classic choice that can flow through each space easily. Concrete is a utilitarian and equally stunning option.
Can you still choose separate flooring options for each space? Of course! All you’ll need to keep in mind is how each selection blends with each other. Look for matching tones without stark contrasts, as they tend to isolate each zone and work against the open concept. Also get creative with the split between flooring options; consider a diagonal transition or a simple molding to blend the two.
Paint Ideas for Open Concepts
Choosing paint colors is always a challenge. But it can be even trickier in open floor plans since all colors will be visible simultaneously.
For modern or contemporary homes, a solid white will work if paired with many colorful accent pieces. For more traditional styles, consider pairing complimentary paint tones with low contrast. An accent wall can also help break up a neutral pallet, though make sure it isn’t too large or obtrusive.
Another key element to incorporate is a continuous color detail that bridges all rooms. A consistent color of molding is an excellent choice, or even cabinets with the same tone.
Lighting Options for an Open Floor Plan
Open floor plans often go hand in hand with letting in more light. Rethinking your natural and artificial lighting scheme will improve the functionality and aesthetics of each space.
Skylights are a great way to let in natural light from above, which are a perfect addition to your kitchen space. With the extra uninterrupted wall space, you can expand windows or even add a wide sliding glass door.
You can also add a subtle divide with separate lighting schemes for your kitchen, living room, and dining room. For example, if you have a counter dividing the spaces, you can hang LEDs or other lights from the ceiling to illuminate the beginning of your kitchen. That way if you watch a movie in a darkened living room, you can still leave dim lights on in the kitchen for a quick snack break.
One thing to keep in mind when designing your open floor plan layout is how you will walk around and what results you’re looking to achieve in the space.
Avoiding narrow or awkward paths will make your space much more comfortable and usable. Selecting size-appropriate furniture for your finished open layout should focus on the natural paths you would take throughout the kitchen and the living room. A curved countertop or table can also emphasize an intended motion throughout your home.
Bring Your Vision to Life
Whether you’re ready to make a big change to your kitchen and living room layout, or you’re just looking to optimize your current floor plan, our team can handle it all.
With over 25 years of experience as both a designer and a remodeling contractor, L. Evans Design Group can not only help you create your open floor plan layout by evaluating the structure of your home and completing the renovations, our attention to detail when selecting your products, materials, and colors will ensure your space is designed perfectly to fit your needs.
Let your open floor plan design ideas come to life & reach out to us today!