Today many buyers are obliged to purchase small flats because they are usually unable to afford large houses. This means that they need to maximize the use of the available space. For this reason, most rooms have to serve more than one function. Hence, the living room is often used for a host of different activities such as relaxing, reading, and watching TV. Similarly, the kitchen is usually the place where people eat as well as prepare food. That is why, such multi-purpose areas require careful planning and organization in order to make a small home feel more spacious and comfortable.
With open-plan living, several rooms may merge into one. For example, you can have a living room and a kitchen within the same space, or you may decide to divide a shared bedroom by splitting it in half. The first thing that you need to consider is how to decorate that multi-purpose space. In fact, it is much better to continue the decor throughout the whole area in order to avoid a disjointed feel. Hence, you should choose the same wall and floor covering throughout.
So, how to decide the best choice for the whole place? In fact, this depends on the function of the area. For example, carpets are not suitable for kitchens because it may not be easy to clean the spills. Instead, porcelain floor can be a good choice for the kitchen. On the other hand, laminate or wood can look nice over a large area. Moreover, cozy rugs may be useful in adding elegance and beauty to your living or bedroom areas. At the same time, choosing light colors can help maximize the feeling of space. In fact, the different shades of blue and green can be used to achieve a “joined up” look of cool elegance.
Another important factor that needs consideration is how to divide an open-plan room. This may be done simply by the strategic arrangement of furniture or by using curtains and blinds as room dividers. Curtains and blinds are both cheap and easy to install. However, their main disadvantage is that they do not provide enough audible privacy. On the other hand, doors and panel-based partitions represent a good alternative. Fortunately, there is a wide variety to suit every design, taste, and budget. At the same time, you need to think of the visual effect when you choose to divide the room by a door. In other words, you have to decide whether you want the area to look like two separate rooms, or you prefer to allow light (and sight) to flow between them? Luckily, there is a huge array if designs and types, and you can check them easily on the internet.