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How to Make an Open-Plan Home Feel Cozy

The spacious open-plan home caught on in the ’60s and remains popular today. If you have this interior home design, you may be wondering how to make an open plan feel cozy. The following tips will help you create intimate, welcoming spaces for your family and friends.

Clever Lighting Design

Hanging lamp with woven lampshade
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The right combination of light fixtures can create a cozy environment. A large, hanging light helps downplay those high, cavernous ceilings that would otherwise make you feel lost. Arrange table lamps around the zone to add a warm, inviting glow. Lamp bases made from natural materials, such as wood or earthenware, will also add warmth to the area.

Area Rugs

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Rugs in various colors and textures help divide open-plan space and give cues to a zone’s purpose. Do you want to create a relaxed and casual living area? A woven rug in a light, neutral color will let people know that they can kick back. Decide on the floor space for that zone and place a rug that will fill that space. Arrange the furniture on the rug and you have your zone.

Choose your rugs according to the purpose of each zone. Primary colors are ideal for a kids’ play area, while an ornate pattern defines a more formal space. Whatever the style, rugs will absorb noise and keep each zone cozy and comfortable underfoot.

Furniture Arrangement  

Two stuffed chairs facing each other
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Furniture placement is a great way to define a zone and create a cozy vibe. Arrange seating so that backs are turned toward adjacent zones. Instead of a long sectional sofa, use a variety of overstuffed chairs turned toward each other. The idea is to create an intimate space that encourages small gatherings and conversation.

Pillows and Blankets

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Soft pillows look and feel cozy and make an overstuffed chair even comfier. Add a couple of thick, soft throw blankets and you’ll have a space that’s perfect for reading or watching a movie. Choose colors and patterns that complement each other to help define a zone.

Plants and Flowers

Indoor potted palms
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Lush, green plants and colorful flowers help define zones and make a space feel more intimate. Tall plants, such as weeping fig or parlor palm, act as living dividers between rooms. Place them along the edge of a zone to add privacy. Smaller potted plants, such as ferns or colorful fittonia, help to soften and add life to a space. Arrange smaller plants on low tables or shelves.

To further define the zone, try coordinating the containers by color or material. For example, you can group pots that are various shades of blue in one corner of a zone. Or you can arrange multiple containers that are made from the same material, such as ceramic, wood or metal.

Interior French Doors

French doors surrounding living room
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Interior French doors let you zone an open plan space with elegance and class. They work especially well between the kitchen and living area. Sunlight shines through generous panes of glass and creates an inviting atmosphere in both spaces. Steel French doors are a durable way to divide zones while keeping the airy, spacious feel of an open plan.

You can make an open-plan home feel cozy without costly or time-consuming renovations. Interior French doors may be the solution you’re looking for. Contact Bighorn Iron Doors today for information about steel French doors.


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