Free Flow: 6 open plan living rooms that we love
High-rise living doesn’t have to mean a stuffy and congested home. Instead, opt for a stylish integrating layout that allows more conversation and spacious interiors. Make the change by simply bring down unnecessary walls and incorporating your dinner table into the family room. To help you achieve the look, we’ve complied our best integrations that will flood your mind (and house) with bright, doable ideas…
1. Maithili Ahluwalia’s family home in Nandgaon
2. A chic Bengaluru penthouse designed by Annkur Khosla
3. Architect Pradeep Sachdeva’s Gurgaon Villa
Sticking to a contemporary Indian look, a large timber dining table shares space with a comfortable low level seating area. In this open plan, each corner is well utilised with the help of clever storage options. While a family heirloom cabinet makes room for several candles and stands from Dilli Haat, a wooden console with an Andhra style carved front defines the dining area. Peppering the walls are botanical printed photographs from Colombia.
4. A mountain retreat in Kasuali by Sonali Purewal
Designed by interior designer Sonali Purewal, this duplex overlooking the snowcapped Dhauladhar Range makes use of a customised sectional sofa, a small coffee table and silver Pedant Pumpkin light from Indigo to conjure a vibrant living area. To save space, she picks an industrial looking shingled slate fireplace. Creating a dinner area division are subtle elements like the antique horse accent in the far corner and floor lamp.
5. Architect Dr BV Doshi’s bungalow in Ahmedabad
The visionary designed Kamala House with minimalistic low level seating across the room to reduce dependency on artificial light. To create airy interiors, he utilises every inch of the floor by laying out a plush white carpet. While an open central corridor separates the dining area, he keeps the space minimal by opting for a semicircular table, designed in association with Gajanan Upadhyay, with Wire Mesh chairs by Charles and Ray Eames.
6. 56+55 Sumeru imagined by Khushnu and Sonke Hoof
Adding character to this bright and airy townhouse is minimal furniture and inbuilt stone seating, designed as if emerging from the ground. In this dining area overlooking the living room, the inbuilt Kota stone furniture forms plinths creating several seating levels while at the further end of the courtyard, L-shaped loungers frame a spacious living area.