July 12, 2021 / By Trusst Builder Group
Those close to retirement age will find that Wilmington NC home builders understand a simplified lifestyle, including a smaller home with an open floor plan.
An open floor plan allows for more light and ease of movement, making even a modestly sized home feel roomy.
Open floor plans only apply to the common areas, such as the kitchen, dining, and living room. These are the rooms that bring family and friends together. With large, glass doors, an open floor plan can even include a deck or patio.
However, there is still a need to differentiate an open floor plan into different spaces, such as the dining area or living room. With a little creativity, this can be easily accomplished, but keep the color scheme consistent, to preserve the open, airy feeling.
One of the easiest ways to create different spaces is with colorful area rugs. Place a different rug under the dining room table and in front of the sofa. While different rugs will create a different space, be sure to keep the color schemes coordinated.
Except for bookshelves and storage cabinets, don’t push your furniture against the walls. For example, rather than pushing the sofa and chairs against a wall, arrange them around an area rug as a sectional sofa. This will create a comfortable conversation space.
Remember the secret of interior design includes negative space; that is the empty area around each separate element. It’s important to avoid clutter and maintain the airy feeling Wilmington NC home builders create with their open designs.
Fold-able screens and light, floor-to-ceiling curtains can also create a more defined space. You could also use potted plants, such as vines, a palm, or ficus, to define a space. Accent walls can also define a space; this can be accomplished by painting a section of wall a different color, or by using wallpaper. In the same manner, the ceiling can be painted in different colors or patterns to create different areas.
An open floor plan creates endless possibilities for a relaxed and carefree lifestyle. It’s both open and inviting to friends and family, while making life easier, especially for anyone with mobility issues. If you are planning to retire in Wilmington NC, contact Trusst Builder Group to explore open floor plans. Trusst not only will understand your needs, but is also known throughout the region for quality construction.