Are Open Floor Plans Officially Over? The Experts Weigh In
For decades, the open floor plan has ruled the real estate market, and it's a favorite for new homeowners and renters alike for its airy feel and inviting atmosphere. Typically a combination of the kitchen, dining, and living areas, an open floor plan can be a way to make a small space feel larger or a grand home feel friendlier, and it tracks with a longtime trend toward more casual entertaining. We asked five interior designers about the pros and cons of the open floor plan—plus how to create more privacy and separation in the open floor plan you already have.
"We really started seeing open floors plans in the mid-century, when it no longer became the expectation that Mom would walk out of the kitchen holding a platter," says Jessica Davis of Atelier Davis in Atlanta, Ga. "These days, we expect to be socializing even as we're preparing for guests."
But as people spend more time at home, it's clear that navigating work, school, play, and everything in between all from the same room is wearing thin. "I don't think the appeal of the open floor plan will go away, but I can see new homeowners looking for more separation going forward," says Davis.
Pros of Open Floor Plans
Cons of Open Floor Plans
How to Create Privacy and Separation
So many existing homes and apartments have an open concept floor plan, so sometimes you just have to work with what you've got. Here's how the designers suggest making an open floor plan function better for your family.