With the ever changing world of real estate and an abundance of available traditional living spaces, more and more unique spaces are presenting themselves to the world of homeownership. Unconventional spaces and buildings are being turned into homes.
Old mill buildings and manufacturing plants are being transformed into unique lofts and studios all around us. Large empty rooms that have high ceilings present a challenge in the world of comfortable living design.
Some of the challenges new homeowners of these spaces face in these types of living situations include:
* Very high ceilings
* Exposed mechanicals, such as duct work and water pipes
* Minimal walls or no walls at all
* Large windows with no privacy
* Concrete floors
These challenges can all be incorporated into a beautiful and warm living space when you have the proper tools to work with. Existing furnishing, lighting, area rugs and artwork are just a few of the items that will help turn a unique living space into a warm and beautiful home dwelling.
One large space with concrete floors and no walls longs to be visually divided into an intended functional living space. An easy way to divide this space is through the use of area rugs and floor plants. The area rugs will warm up the concrete floors and will also ground the seating area.
Floating furniture is another way to create a visual room division in an open space. By not placing all of the furniture against the four walls in the room promotes the feeling of separation creating invisible walls. Floor screens will serve the need for separating a living area from the sleeping area.
For absorbing sounds and echoing within the space, use exposed ceiling pipes to suspend fabric. Hang fabric panels to floor by wrapping twine around the pipes and still leaving open space between ceiling and fabric. This creates a visual and soft room separation for a sleeping area. The openness between the pipes and the fabric will allow for great light from windows to penetrate from one end of the room to the other without blocking light from a full wall room divider.
Warming up the large wall space is key. This is the icing on the cake, if you will. Start by hanging the largest piece of artwork; flank this piece with two smaller but similar in size mirrors or other pictures. From there create a large gallery of wall art, just like making a puzzle. Fill in the blanks, warming up the living area. Incorporate some odd pieces into the grouping that can be mounted on the wall, such as ceramic wall hangings and artifacts.
Open space floor plans are challenging to design but fun to create. Don't disregard incorporating older furniture pieces with newer ones. This unique space is just that. Think out of the box and make your home an eclectic place to lay your hat.