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13 Airy and Open Floor Plans We Love

by Lauren Chorpening

From a design standpoint, it can be easier to decorate a home’s main living spaces when they are separate, divided rooms. Couches have designated places to go, the wall color can differ room by room, and the mess in the kitchen doesn’t have to affect the company hanging out in the living room. An open-concept living space means that the aesthetic has to be fairly consistent throughout, but when it’s done well, it’s gorgeous.

The common living area is designed for community. We love that these spaces aren’t closed off, but instead encourage visual engagement from area to area. We’ve seen so many lovely open layouts over the years on Design*Sponge and we’ve selected a few of our favorites to share here today. Find inspiration for creating a cohesive and comfortable look in these 13 large, open living areas. –Lauren

13 Airy and Open Floor Plans We Love | Design*Sponge
Emily and Dan's Mississippi renovation included creating an L-shaped open concept between their living room, dining room and kitchen. The mid-century and vintage pieces are used throughout all three spaces. While each area is decorated as a distinct room, the spaces flow into one another beautifully.
It doesn't get much more open-concept than Matt and Kate's vacation home in the Caribbean. The living room is open to the porch and pool and has the kitchen attached right behind. The dining room is outside, connected to the kitchen.
13 Airy and Open Floor Plans We Love | Design*Sponge
Lance DeWalt and Quoc Nguyen's Philadelphia, PA loft has a large combined dining room, living room and kitchen. Lance and Quoc have styled each area eclectically and uniquely while working well with the other spaces.
13 Airy and Open Floor Plans We Love | Design*Sponge
Traci Yau removed a wall in her Sunnyvale, CA home to combine two rooms into one large space for her family to gather. "The old wall cut this space in two," Traci says, "and really decreased the amount of natural light. Removing it was, by far, the best choice we made during the remodel. We also have no upper cabinets which allows the dining/kitchen/living room to flow together seamlessly."
13 Airy and Open Floor Plans We Love | Design*Sponge
Lisa and Justin gave this foreclosed house in North Carolina the love it needed. While it had an open concept layout when they purchased it, the living area was carpeted and seafoam green and the kitchen was painted pink and blue with wood floors. They transformed it into a beautiful family space.
13 Airy and Open Floor Plans We Love | Design*Sponge
Jami and Mark Nato's home outside of Kansas City, MO is one long path from the dining room, through the kitchen and into the living room.
13 Airy and Open Floor Plans We Love | Design*Sponge
Britt and Dan removed three walls from their Austin, TX bungalow. The small spaces were maximized by the open-concept renovation.
13 Airy and Open Floor Plans We Love | Design*Sponge
The seven Finks didn't just like the idea of an open concept, they needed the space with such a large family. The formal living and dining rooms in their Wisconsin home were turned into an open area.
13 Airy and Open Floor Plans We Love | Design*Sponge
The open concept floor plan in Andre Cawley and Chris Uhl's Baltimore home allows for natural light to flood the living and dining areas beautifully.
13 Airy and Open Floor Plans We Love | Design*Sponge
Kelsey Dake's open-concept studio still feels like separate rooms in the best way. Her bedroom area and living room area don't compete or feel cramped.
13 Airy and Open Floor Plans We Love | Design*Sponge
Jessica's new construction home in Nashville, TN has one large, long room for the family room, dining area and kitchen. The architectural charm of the space gives it the best of older homes while the layout gives it the best of newer homes.
13 Airy and Open Floor Plans We Love | Design*Sponge
Estibaliz Hernández de Miguel had this home custom designed for her family in Spain. The common areas are all open on the main floor with the bedrooms upstairs.
13 Airy and Open Floor Plans We Love | Design*Sponge
Hailey McGinty and Glenn Wilkinson designed their dream home in Australia with an open floor plan kitchen, dining, living and office space.

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  • Opening up our living space has seriously changed the way we live in our home. It was the best thing we could have done for our house and for our family. We find that we spend more time together. Mornings with the kids and mealtimes are easier now since I can be in the same room as them getting food ready, while still interacting with them as they all do their own thing. It makes our modest house feel huge and light and open and really does bring us all together. These examples are gorgeous.

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