An open-plan living area can totally transform the way you use your home. Whether you simply knock through between rooms, or you add a single storey extension, opening up your space to create an open plan kitchen, dining area and living room, creates a large and airy living space.
Open-plan designs allow the whole family to spend more time together, and is the perfect environment for entertaining with friends and family. See how bi-fold glass doors and roof lights allow light to flood the room, and flooring can either divide or unite the spaces.
Check out these open-plan designs to see how you could make better use of your home – and see all our real home transformations for more inspiration.
1. A light-filled back and side extension
This kitchen extension on a six-bedroom Victorian terraced house in Wandsworth, London has a seamless link to the garden. Complete with Belgian-style patio doors from Fabco, the new extension, designed by architects Granit, provides the perfect space for the new family kitchen-diner. The flooring is from Pietra, the reclaimed pillar is from English Salvage, and the table is from salvationfurniture.co.uk.
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2. A boldly coloured, contemporary kitchen diner
This four-bedroom detached house in Blackrock, Co.Dublin, opens up to the garden creating a light filled kitchen-diner. The owner didn’t want a white kitchen so chose deep red cabinets and stainless steel appliances from Ikea.
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3. A contemporary kitchen and living space
This four-bedroom detached house built in 1903 in Chesham Bois, Buckinghamshire, had a modern single-storey open-plan extension. This transformed the way the family use the house. The Eileen dining table from B&B Italia, with its Carrara marble top, reflects the cool surfaces in kitchen area.
4. A contemporary eclectic kitchen diner
In this four-bedroom detached house in Aylesbury, the owners made better use of the space they had by converting the garage and knocking through. This gave them enough space for a large kitchen-diner, plus a utility room and WC. Table and benches are from Design Shack Interiors, bar stools are from eBay.
5. A side return extension
A side-return extension enabled this four-bedroom Victorian terraced house in Balham, London, to be transformed into a bright living area that all the family can use together. The couple hired carpenter, Joe Chambers, to build a bespoke kitchen complete with peninsular island to double up as a breakfast bar . The bar stools are from Private Floor, and the flooring is from Havwoods.
6. A reworked interior layout
This six-bedroom Victorian terraced house in Hastings, East Sussex has been transformed with dark, moody tones. A wall was removed between the kitchen, scullery and the bathroom to make this long galley shape. Bespoke brick slips flooring are from Cathedral Stone & Brick. The marble work surface is from Marble 2 Marvel, and the wine boxes are from Crates4You.
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7. A new open plan layout created by removing walls
This four-bedroom Edwardian house in Ealing was redesigned to create a light-filled open space. The sash windows and bespoke kitchen were custom made by carpenter Garret O’Reilly. The flooring is from Natural Wood Designs, the dining table is from Barker and Stonehouse, and the pendant lamp is from Habitat.
8. A family-sized kitchen diner
This industrial-style kitchen extension in Twickenham, London is perfect for family life. Different floor tiles, from Azulej by Mutina at Domus, divide the room. The kitchen is from British Standard, and the dining table is from The Old Cinema.
9. A cleverly zoned open plan room
With a scheme of indigo, wood and wicker, this space in a two-bedroom Victorian terraced house in Ealing has been zoned while maintaining an open-plan feel.
10. A colourful open plan live-in kitchen diner
This Edwardian property in Bath was extended and remodeled. The kitchen is from bespoke kitchen designer Tim Doe and the units were hand painted. The tap is from Blanco. The vintage glass pendants were bought in Amsterdam; for similar, try Curiosa & Curiosa. For similar bar stools, try Elm Home & Garden.
11. A contemporary through-room
This three-bedroom semi-detached house built in the 1930s in London has been transformed into a large, stylish living space. Equipped with both professional and domestic appliances, the kitchen was sourced from The Used Kitchen Company and features both stainless steel and marble for a modern look.