Open-plan living is becoming increasingly popular. The living room can be used as a corridor between rooms, hallways, or even outside. You have the option to work on your floor plan. Make sure you have enough space for everyone to move around and arrange furniture in a way that creates zones within the living area.
Airflow is also important. Those huge bifold doors look great during the day, but you may not want them to open at night. Do you have enough space for a window to let in the fresh air? Choose a durable flooring option that can withstand the mess if an exterior door occupies a large part of your living space.
Living rooms tend to be filled with low-line pieces such as a couch, entertainment unit, and coffee table. This helps create the illusion that there is more space in low ceilings.
Think bigger when you decorate spaces with taller or raked ceilings. Bookcases, large artwork, picture rails, and full walls of vertical panelling can all be used to emphasize the height and balance of the furniture.
DO NOT REMOVE ALL THE WALLS
This is often the first thing that renovators do to open up a space. This can cause furniture placement problems and wall-mounted features such as televisions, fireplaces and air conditioning units to vie for prime location. This is a good idea until you have to move in and realize how much space you have left.
Instead, you can leave some of the walls in place or create a floating wall that divides the space. This will keep the open-plan feeling intact. A floor-to-ceiling bookcase would be an excellent room divider. It would still let light in and allow airflow, but it would make a striking feature of the two rooms that it is located between.
ALL OF ITS NEEDS CAN BE ACCOMMODATE
Consider what purpose the space will serve and how you can accommodate these needs. Consider adding surround sound to a media room. Ensure you have enough PowerPoint and internet connections if you include a workspace. Is there enough room for a pull-out bed? Create a separate zone for children if it doubles up as a family space.
To HIDE OR NOT HIDE the TV?
This is the real question! The real question is: How dedicated are you to hiding your TV? It can be unpleasant if you are a huge movie or sports fan and the TV is a major part of your daily life. If this is you, then embrace your tech side and pick a place for it. Mount a black TV against a wall and make an art gallery if you still want to disguise it.