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The Beauty Of Open Plan

Written by Redrow

9 Apr 2021

Everything in life is about balance. And that goes for your home interior too. Our homes are designed to offer you the perfect mix of open plan areas – social spaces that are designed to be the lively hub of your family home

The heart of your home

Every home has a room designed to be its beating heart. A space where you and your family can enjoy spending time together, cooking, eating and socialising. Our Heritage Collection homes are all configured around the central hub of an open plan dining and kitchen area, often with a relaxed family area too, which features sofas and a TV. Our customers tell us that often it’s this part of the home where they spend the most time together. And, while most of our homes have a separate lounge and even additional rooms for use as a home office or playroom, the fun tends to happen in the open plan spaces, where there’s room to spread out and be together. Our ‘all purpose’ kitchen / dining / family rooms usually have the added benefit of patio doors out to the garden, which can be thrown open in the warmer months to create a seamless transition between your inside and outside living spaces.

Our homes are designed to flow from one room to another from the moment you step through the door.

Designed for how you live

Alysha Alli, head of Redrow’s in-house interior design team, says: “Our homes are designed to flow from one room to another from the moment you step through the door. Each space has been considered for how we really live today and that is why we provide a blend of open plan and separate space, which is particularly important now many of us also work from home. It’s important to keep your work and home life apart if you can; so being able to close the door on work - or at least tuck your working space away – and devote time, space and energy to family is key to getting the balance just right.

“A large majority of our internal layouts flow from a central entrance hallway into an open plan space at the rear of the home. One way to accentuate this is to ensure your flooring flows seamlessly from the hallway into the kitchen / dining / family room. We’ve recently updated our flooring offering in My Redrow, with new tiling and parquet Amtico options available for both areas and we’re showcasing this in our show homes.”

How to style an open plan room

Alysha adds: “You can really have some fun when styling an open plan room. While we tend to keep the design streamlined, you can be bold with bright or deeper tones, like an earthy strong green tone or a warm ochre as a single feature wall. In larger spaces I love to mirror a feature wall at opposite ends of the rooms, or wrap the colour one side, this ties the area together. It’s also a great idea to fabric match to bring the overall design together, so if you have curtains for your patio doors, incorporate this colour into the print on your kitchen window blind. You can then pick up the similar shades in additional soft furnishings so the finished look feels coherent.

“You can also use the space creatively to bring the outside in. Natural materials, fabrics and prints work beautifully in your open plan area as it creates a link to the outdoors. In the spring and summer this means lines between the indoors and outdoors can be blurred, while having organic elements inside your home provides a natural flow out to your garden. We love bringing pared back foliage, dried florals and stems indoors, as well as larger plants, which are all big interior trends for spring