The open-plan room above in my Riverside Penthouse project is fabulous – it allows for great traffic flow, and fantastic areas for people to have conversations, whether in the kitchen or the living room area.
So that got me thinking about my own house project – should I remove a wall or two and have an open-plan area for my living room and kitchen, or should I keep them as individual rooms?
I do like separate rooms, though, like these from my Shadow Valley project. They give you a cleaner break between activity areas in the home, which is more organized and structured – two things I LOVE!
You can still connect to those in the breakfast room and the kitchen is just on the other side of this wall, so not too far away. Oftentimes I find that taking down walls creates problems with noise level and also there is often no wall for anchoring a sofa or placing a beloved antique or even to hang the television. This separate family room is nice and large and so it accommodates 2 separate seating areas, the one above and then below the area around the fireplace and television.
When I keep the family room and kitchen separate, I still like to tie the areas together with similar color palettes, like I did above with the yellows and greys.
This large open area in my Crestwood project is a great inspiration for going with an open-plan. There are just so many distinct zones for eating, cooking, talking, reading – it could make me decide that tearing down walls would be worth the trouble and expense!
So which would YOU choose? Would you go with separate rooms for your living area and kitchen, or do you like a large open space where everyone can congregate? Let me know your decision – and why you chose the one you did – in the comments area below!
Thanks for helping me decide the layout of my home!