4 Ways to Maximise an Open Floor Plan for your Design-Build

The beauty of an open floor plan enables its occupants to interact more as the layout provides a free flow of movement, conversations and interaction within the Whangarei home.

A classic architectural trend, the open floor plan remains popular among new homeowners because it maximises every bit of your square footage. Having this much living space, opens up many design and build possibilities.

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What is an Open Floor Plan?

An open floor plan is wide, inviting space that’s organised through visual cues and invisible walls, its key areas are delineated through the use of colours, patterns, lights, rugs, and furnishings. It can be a combination of two or more rooms put together to create a functional and welcoming common area.

For example, you’ve seen this modern design where the kitchen area, living room, and dining room are all joined together. Often a kitchen island or a large section sofa are placed in between areas. But there is more to it than that, having an open layout means you can easily prep a meal in your kitchen whilst interacting with your guest or family. There are no walls to hinder you; The interaction and traffic flow within the space is natural, practical, and carefree. Beautiful views are visible from all corners of the property.

How to Break Down an Open Floor Plan

When you choose an open floor plan layout, the first thing on the agenda is to visualise the major areas of your space- where it starts and where it ends. It might sound a bit ironic, but an open floor plan as much as it is ‘open’ is not a free-for-all playground, visually you have to break down these open areas by sectioning spaces based on their purpose. This is where you get to decide where your living room, dining, and kitchen should be and how they flow.

Here are 4 amazing ways to help maximise your custom Whangarei’s home open floor plan:

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Furniture positioning.

Use furniture to establish placement and divide areas. Statement pieces like a heavy wood table, a large L-shaped sofa, a rack partition, or even a long and low bookcase can serve up as practical dividers without blocking the view between zones.


Raised floor designs.

Your floor doesn’t need to be all at the same level in an open floor plan. That said, raised floor levels can easily define the functional zones in your space. It’s a subtle way of showing boundaries without putting a physical barrier or a piece of furniture in between spots. For instance, a raised platform just a step above your usual floor level can position your kitchen to oversee the living room.


The Power of Paint.

The colours you choose can make or break an open floor plan. A strong colour can add depth or a focal contrast to delineate living spaces.


Let the lights work for you.

Lighting can create that much-needed distinctive feel between living areas. Illuminate spaces the best way possible. You can make it interesting with versatile light fixtures starting with spotlights, recessed lights, lamps to pendant lights, tube lights, and down lighters.

If you prefer an open-plan living space, it would be best to consult with a reputable Whangarei homebuilder to plan and maximise your space. You want an open layout that is seamless and stylish – we at Homeworld Design and Build can make that happen!

Whenever you’re ready, give us a call and let’s go through the finer design and build details of your custom home. We’re here not just to simply answer questions, but to give you practical options on the build of your dream home. Call us to schedule a consult at 0800 86 89 86 or send us an enquiry, and we’ll be sure to get in touch.


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