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Delineating Space in an Open Floor Plan

While uninterrupted layouts have their benefits, you may need to do a lot of thinking about how to delineate each of the areas within open floor plans.

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RH-783_Room_setting_In today’s open-plan homes, comfort knows no boundaries. Airy open living spaces are more popular than ever, offering unobstructed interior views and traffic patterns that allow friends and family to move freely and comfortably between living, dining and kitchens spaces.

By their nature, log and timber homes have built-in structures (vertical frame posts and decorative timbers, etc.) that help with this challenge. These wood elements are necessary for the structural integrity of the house, but you also can utilize these structural devices to create hallways, frame the entryway, section off and separate rooms or establish preferred traffic patterns.

Other design features that you can incorporate include knee walls, sunken rooms and varied floor materials that help visually divide open spaces with your home’s interior.

You may also want to consider such decorative touches as area rugs to elevate your aesthetics as well as the practicality of interior space separation. Great area rugs emphasize each space, anchor them, tie furniture arrangements together and serve as visual boundaries delineating room function within spacious open-plan homes.

Here are a few factors to consider when choosing area rugs for your open plan:


Keep the following in mind when choosing the area rug size that’s best for each room:

For bedrooms there are two options that work best for most situations:

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