5 Key Design Tips That Will Create a Seamless Open Plan Environment

5 Key Design Tips That Will Create a Seamless Open Plan Environment

Open plan environments offer an expansive, luxurious impression to any home – however mastering the perfect balance to still achieve a feeling of homeliness and enhance smaller, intimate spaces is a challenge. We here at Vault Interiors believe we have discovered the perfect 5 step recipe to help you achieve an open plan environment within your humble abode that will leave your guests with lasting impressions:


Consistency is key here – repetition of colours and interior material finishes and accent colours will help with the overall space flow and ensure that all areas feel visually balanced. For example, if you select a timber veneer look for the kitchen island, repeat the same finish colour on the entertainment unit joinery in the lounge area to achieve a visual connection.

Our mantra when dealing with accent colours is simple: repeat, repeat, repeat! Take teal for example, you can repeat this one colour in vessels and accessories, lampshades, artworks and cushions and throws. You can take shades of the same accents colour and mix and match so it doesn’t feel too heavy. If the dining room has a feature artwork with teal colours, look to incorporate the same tones via cushions in the lounge room, and repeat in accessories used in the kitchen. The overall scheme will then feel tailored, considered and connected.


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Rugs are a wonderful way to enhance the intimacy of smaller zones within open plan living concepts and can be integrated under the dining table and under the lounge room furniture to really help define these areas. We advise the incorporation of different textured rugs, for example; sisal in the lounge room, plush under the dining table, however, the trick is to keep the colouring consistent (i.e. wheat tone, grey tone etc.). The areas will present well together but will have their own unique feeling and texture underfoot and help to also feel like their own distinct, separated spaces. If you’re looking to incorporate a rug into your home but don’t know where to start, read this blog to help you ascertain the best rug for you!


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Lighting will work wonders to create dramatic focal points – it’s very effective when carefully considered and incorporated into open plan living concepts. Take a combined living, dining and kitchen area – different types of lighting help the eye rest on different points of visual interest. Kitchen pendants are a great way to illuminate and highlight the kitchen, and they also help to create glamour when hung over a kitchen island.

Large-scale dining room pendants look amazing over a dining table, while in the living room think side lamps tables and floor lamps. You want to be able to control the levels of light within a large space. It can feel boring or too stark to have the area flooded with just overhead LED or downs lights, so use ambient lighting as a tool to define smaller zones and play with the light levels in each separate area for the most impact.


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Scale is very important in open plan living. All elements should feel equally balanced; this should be a major consideration when selecting furniture. There is no point having a 12-seater dining setting if you can only then squeeze in 2-seater sofa in the lounging area. It will end up feeling cluttered and unbalanced. Proportions of the furniture should feel consistent throughout your space, and the best way to plan this is draw up items on a floor plan before you buy – this will help you visualize the amount of items you can fit in each zone and get a feel for the overall spatial flow.

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You can achieve big impact by layering colours, if your kitchen has a walnut look in the finishes for example – take those earthy tones and consider painting a feature wall in the living area a caramel and the same kind colour tone but a few shades darker in the dining room. You can also play with texture, wheatgrass wallpapers never date and there are some beautiful and sophisticated tones around. Just pick a colour tone similar to the other painted feature wall or kitchen joinery – it will achieve visual consistency overall. Block colours will define spaces and again work to create separate zones within the whole overall environment, which should be the overall goal well balanced open plan spatial living. Styling your open space for sale? Here’s some more helpful tips before your property goes under the hammer!


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We hope you enjoyed these tips – we would love to know if you have any helpful tips to enhancing your open plan environment!

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