Open plan living is increasingly popular. It makes the most of the space you have, creates opportunities to change things up and gives a greater sense of light and air. For the modern lifestyle, open plan living is just the most practical way to live.
When your main living space is just one room, though, it can be hard to give each area a sense of identity. The kitchen, the dining room, and the living room need to work together in a harmonious design that works for all the spaces. This is where the sofa becomes so important.
Because your sofa is probably the largest piece of furniture you have, it needs to be perfectly placed and arranged to suit the space. Whatever your style is, choosing the right sofa is crucial for the whole room to work logically and effortlessly.
Use it as a Room Divider
The most obvious way to use your sofa is as a room divider. When you have a small room, the tendency is to put everything around the walls and to leave a large space in the middle. This is fine for smaller rooms, but in one large room, this is impractical. For one thing, you are going to have a large amount of unused space and will quickly run out of walls to fill!
Try putting the sofa so that it juts into the middle of the room. This way, you divide off a ‘living room’ section but you can still enjoy the sense of everything being open plan. However, do make sure that you take good care of the back of the sofa as you will be now able to see it. If your sofa isn’t so attractive from the back, try putting low-level shelves in behind it. This will give you some extra storage as well as hide the unattractive back.
Use it as a Focal Color
Given how large your sofa is, you should pick the color very carefully. You could customize your sofa so that you can incorporate a few different colors into the design. This is a great way to avoid a huge block and to diversify your scheme. A company like Joybird is ideal for this kind of furniture and you can read some Joybird reviews to see how popular they are fast becoming.
A large block of a single color is fine, as long as you are happy with the scheme of the whole room to be centered around it. You can always break up a large expanse of a single color using contrasting and patterned cushions.
Use it for Smart Storage
One final advantage of the sofa is that many styles will also offer storage solutions. When you live open plan, clutter can quickly feel oppressive, but when you have a little extra space to play with, you can deal with this no problem. A sofa bed is also a good idea if you only have one bedroom. This will give your guests somewhere to stay over.
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