The Benefits of Open Plan Living

The Benefits of Open Plan Living

Homes with open plan living spaces have become some of the most sought after. It is easy to understand why. We asked Ray Brosnan of Brosnan Property Solutions, who has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. Ray has successfully worked with clients who have opted for open plan living construction projects. The designs of open plan living are certainly eye-catching. They are spacious, light and airy. Open plan living a contemporary architectural design. But the original concept goes back much further. An integral living room and the kitchen was first unveiled in 1886 by the American architect, Henry Hobson Richardson. But it wasn’t until the 1990s that it became a mainstream feature. Many of today’s homeowners find the benefits of an open plan living space are ideal for today’s modern lifestyle.

1. Open Plan Living Makes Your Home Seem Larger

One of the main benefits of an open-plan space is its size. No partitions are separating the rooms into different zones. By incorporating the living room, dining room and kitchen into one convenient area, your central living space becomes vast. The possibilities for stylish, interior design are endless. Through modern construction techniques, creating large, communal lounges is now much easier than ever. High ceilings and panoramic window walls contribute to the sense of spaciousness. When combined with minimalism, your home’s interior becomes a stylish statement of simplistic grandeur.

2. Uncluttered and Relaxing Environment

An open-plan design improves the general flow of your living area. You have the freedom to move around unhindered by a series of doors and hallways. A large, central living space creates a tranquil ambience. According to Feng Shui, you need to keep sightlines between different points free. This should maximise the flow of invigorating Chi energy. An open plan living area is perfect for following such principles. With minimal interruption from the front to the rear of your home, your main living space should become more harmonious. It should improve your morale and revitalise your energy levels. An open plan living space is the perfect place to relax after a hectic day.

3. The Freedom to Design Your Own Space

With an open plan living area, you have far more freedom to design your home. You can strategically place furniture to create bays for watching television or dining. But there is also the freedom to indulge in stylish pieces of furniture that you could never contemplate in a traditional layout. Large, exotic sofas and oversized dining tables can all find a home in an open plan design. If you want to create a cosy corner for the winter it’s easy with a couple of comfy chairs. But whenever you’re inspired to change things around, you can achieve a new look in minutes.

4. A Healthier Environment

One benefit of an open plan living space is the increased amount of light and air. Such rooms usually have multiple windows and floor to ceiling glass doors leading to a patio. You can ventilate all areas of your living space simultaneously. Humidity and condensation are often easier to control in an open plan design. It’s recommended that you open doors between connecting rooms and even cupboards to improve the airflow of your room. Moving furniture away from walls can also help. By improving air circulation, you can disperse condensation and harmful bacteria. However, in an open plan living space, your task has largely been accomplished. The ventilation of open plan living is superior due to the spaciousness of the design. It should mean a far healthier environment where damp and bacteria cannot thrive.

5. Let the Outdoors in

Open plan living is perfect for following the principles of Biophilia. It’s a design concept devised by Erich Fromm in 1973. It outlines the dependency of the human condition on nature. It’s a hypothesis that encourages everyone to incorporate living plants in their homes. Biophilia emphasises the benefit of being in close contact with nature. Biophilia can help to relax and invigorate. There’s a sense of harmony and well-being. Open plan living has the space for including large, tropical plants such as ferns and palms. Plants are becoming an integral part of contemporary design with feature walls containing dozens of living plants. They help to improve interior air quality by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen.

6. Open Plan is more Sociable

Your kitchen is an integral part of an open plan living space. If you are preparing a meal, you can still supervise small children who are playing nearby. You can effortlessly check that school projects are being worked on. Even the family pet can interact with you in open plan living. Everyone is free to join in discussions and share views. Mealtimes are more sociable. Open plan living should help you gain a greater understanding of your family simply through increased contact. Family events benefit from the spaciousness of such a design.


Choosing a home with an open plan design has many benefits. Its ambience should be calm and soothing. The large, spacious interior of an open plan design lets you incorporate ideas such a Feng Shui and Biophilia. They can help you achieve a more relaxed state of mind and improved vitality. Open plan living is a healthy design through increased airflow and light. There is the freedom to regularly restyle your room. Open plan living also provides high-quality time with your family.


Rachel McAllister