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  • Writer's pictureAmanda Shields


Ah, open concept living - the interior design trend that's taken the world by storm! But is it really all it's cracked up to be? As a seasoned interior designer, I've seen both the perks and the pitfalls of this design style. So, let's dive in and explore the pros and cons of open concept living.

The Pros of Open Concept Living

First up, let's talk about the good stuff. Open concept living can create a sense of spaciousness in your home that'll make you feel like you're living in a palace. And if you're living in a smaller home, you'll appreciate every inch of space that's freed up by knocking down those pesky walls.

Plus, open concept living is a social butterfly's dream come true! With everyone in the same space, you can entertain guests, keep an eye on your kids, and chat with your family all at once. It's like a big ol' party, but every day!

And let's not forget about the decor possibilities! With no walls to limit you, you can get as creative as you want with your furniture placement and style. Want to switch up your decor every season? Go for it! With open concept living, the world (or at least your living room) is your oyster.

Last but not least, open concept living can be a fantastic way to maximize natural light. Without walls to block the sunshine, your home can feel like a bright and airy oasis all day long. Talk about a mood-booster!

The Cons of Open Concept Living

Now, let's get real and talk about the not-so-great aspects of open concept living. First up: noise. Without walls to absorb sound, an open floor plan can get pretty loud and overwhelming. So, if you're looking for a peaceful and quiet home, you might want to reconsider the open concept.

Another downside of open concept living is the lack of privacy. Without walls to separate different areas of your home, it can be tough to find a quiet space to work or just take a break from your crazy family members.

Lastly, designing an open concept space can be a bit of a challenge. Without walls to define different areas of your home, it can be tricky to create a cohesive and harmonious look and feel. That's where a talented interior designer can really come in handy.

Tips for Making Open Concept Living Work for You

If you've decided that open concept living is the way to go, fear not! There are plenty of things you can do to make it work for you. For instance, you can use area rugs, lighting, and furniture placement to create distinct zones within your open floor plan. Or, you can use decorative screens or built-in cabinetry to create some separation between different areas of your home.

And when it comes to decor, focus on creating a cohesive color scheme and style throughout the space. This will help tie everything together and give your open concept living room a thoughtful and polished look.

In the end, whether or not open concept living is the right choice for you depends on your lifestyle, preferences, and needs. By weighing the pros and cons and working with an experienced interior designer, you can create a home that's both spacious and intimate, open and cozy, and uniquely YOU.

Written by Amanda Shields


Since we're already talking about open concept living....

We're thrilled to share that Amanda's home was recently featured by House & Home Magazine. In case you missed it, check out the video and discover Amanda's expert tips for creating a stunning home.


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