Today’s home buyers don’t just desire an open floor plan. They demand it. However, creating the ultimate open floor plan isn’t just about taking a sledge hammer to walls (hello HGTV!) it’s about thoughtful and creative design from the ground up. Here are a few simple design ideas to create an outstanding open floor plan.

Define Spaces

Carving out “functional spaces” gives buyers an idea as to how an open floor plan will flow. They will be able to visualize how it will work in their daily lives. Items such as area rugs and statement lighting can help define spaces and add interest. For example, by using an area rug in the great room and a gorgeous chandelier above the dining area, spaces are controlled and not confined.

Maintain Consistency 

Fundamental design elements such as flooring and recessed lighting should maintain a consistent feel in the open space. It may sound obvious, but this is an oft forgotten design element. Consistency creates an aesthetically pleasing and seamless flow that home buyers desire. Make sure that furniture, accessories, and art all complement each other. Even check the color palette among spaces to make sure there is a strong relationship in color choices and styling.

Incorporate Stunning Standout Features

In each “zone” of the open living space, make sure there is a design feature that really makes a statement. For example, include a beautiful, stone fireplace wall in the living area. Or, hang statement pendants above the kitchen island. Incorporating standout features gives personality to each of the spaces.

Keep Site Lines Secure

Make sure your open floor plan just that, open. Leave the space uncluttered and don’t obstruct site lines with unnecessarily large accessories or furniture pieces. Buyers want to envision themselves cooking, eating, and entertaining all in the same open, airy space. Something such as a tall bookshelf or bulky sectional could be more of an eye sore than a striking statement.

Take Advantage of Height 

If the home can accommodate, it may be beneficial to add architectural drama. An open floor plan can feel even brighter and fresher with remarkable ceiling height and details. Vaulted ceilings or dramatic wood trim or beams may be the strong selling feature that stand out for a potential buyer.

Create an Indoor Outdoor Relationship

Don’t let the open floor plan stop at the back door. Create an indoor/outdoor relationship. There should be a seamless flow from the fresh, airy indoors to the outdoors. This can be achieved with a continuation of flooring materials throughout both spaces as well as impressive, large glass doors and windows.

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