The term “Open Floor Plan” when used in residential architecture refers to a house or condo in which two or more traditional use spaces are joined to form a much larger space by eliminating some of the partition walls that http://estelia.com/wp-admin/post-new.php#visibilitynormally divide rooms.
Since about 1990, the Open Floor Plan has been the dominant trend in new residential construction. It also has been the goal in many major remodeling projects in older homes, where the objective is to join kitchen and dining room, dining room and living room—or all three—into some form of communal living space or “Great Room.”
St. Petersburg’s Condos, Homes and Apartments
As reported by the Tampa Bay Times (January 2018), nearly a half billion dollars’ worth of construction is underway or expected to start this year. You can bet that the Open Floor Plan will be the dominate design for the housing projects. So, let’s look at one aspect of the design – the living room where you, your family and your guests spend the most time.
The living room is a communal space for entertaining, watching TV and relaxing. Because it’s the most visible part of your home, it’s important to know that the way it’s decorated often leads people to making certain assumptions about you as a person. According to an article written by Melissa Desmarais (www.babygaga.com), there are seven ways your living reflects your personality. Here are three for you to consider.
What Color Says About You
Dark colors show off a more edgy or self-assured side. If your living room palette lies anywhere in the darker area of the color wheel, you’re probably a bolder and more forward person than someone who primarily uses soft creams or pastels. Choosing the following colors for your living room can indicate certain personality traits:
Red: Highly physical person who enjoys experiencing with all five senses
Purple: Requires emotional security (including spiritually), enjoys order and can be a perfectionist
Yellow: Likes to express individuality through logic
Orange: Extremely sociable, requires acceptance and respect from others
Brown: Has a deep need for a safe and comfortable life surrounded by family and friends
Artwork Can Reflect Your Interests
Art is one of the more expressive forms of décor. Whether it’s paintings, photos or sculptures, the art you choose for your living room can tell people you are fun, eccentric, morose, well-traveled, funky, silly, serious, etc. While someone who is more extroverted and thrives on being different may prefer a more shocking or controversial piece of art, an introvert who prefers going with the flow may decorate with art that is generally appealing to everyone. A room full of family photos versus a room stripped of all things personal expresses your level of sentimentality.
Your Rugs Are Connected to Your Life
While you may not think that the flooring and what you put on the floor is as important as what you put on your walls, that could not be less true. Walking into a room where the carpet or rugs are riddled with stains tells you several things. First, the owner of this room doesn’t really care how dirty you think he/she is. Second, replacing said rug is pretty low on their priority list. If your rugs or carpets are old or you find it impossible to keep them free of spills and stains, stick to wood or ceramic floors – but, whatever you do, DO NOT buy a rug to cover another rug!
All said, the Open Floor Plan offers many benefits – it can make the smallest space feel bigger and brighter. Entertaining is a breeze with an open-flow kitchen and living area. You can chat with your guests while you cook. Kitchen islands or tables that are typically used as room demarcations become a focal point for food and drinks. And, a large “great room” is great for keeping an eye on little ones. You can cook dinner or accomplish other household tasks while interacting with your kids.