For as spacious as the layout may be, designing an open concept home can be tricky. Along with figuring out the right way to arrange your furniture, you’re often stuck with the daunting task of forging distinct areas inside a lofty, wall-less space.
Thankfully, we know a few space-savvy designer friends to call upon for help. We reached out to interior design aficionados for advice on what not to do when you’re laying out your open concept living area. Here’s what they had they had to say.
“Not being consistent with flooring is a big mistake for a space with an open concept. Area rugs should be utilized to clearly define each space, but specifying a single material for the flooring will marry a living room with a kitchen or dining space. — Jennifer Weisberg, JLW Interiors
Putting All the Furniture Against the Walls
“A common mistake people make with an open concept space is thinking that all the furniture should be against the walls. An open concept room is a great place to get creative with floating furniture, like a desk or a daybed.” — Alyssa Kapito, Alyssa Kapito Interiors
Not Establishing Zones
“When designing an open concept space, focus on delineating functional areas. Incorporate an area rug or drop a light fixture to ground the space. Also, maximize the layout.” — Brittany Zwickl, STUDIO LIFE.STYLE
Being Too Open
“With open concept living spaces, Thus, I find that there’s the paradox of wanting to have lots of openness. But, also wanting smaller intimate spaces for connection. It’s helpful to keep certain areas open for larger gatherings, but also create intimate nooks. Hence, like a reading corner or small workspace. So you have spots you can hang out alone in too.” — Anjie Cho
Ignoring Foot Traffic Flow
“One of the biggest mistakes you can make when laying out an open concept home. Hence, is not taking the flow of traffic between spaces into consideration. Determine functionally conducive walkways between each space first. Then lay out furniture so the flow of traffic is not compromised.” — Jennie Bishop, Studio Gild