8 Open-Plan Mistakes — and How to Avoid Them

Whether you’re building, remodeling, downsizing or daydreaming, chances are an open-plan layout is high on your wish list. And it’s easy to see the appeal. Open-plan kitchen, living and dining areas feel relaxed and contemporary, and they make smart use of space and light. But with no defined borders and an unobstructed view through the space, open-plan rooms can be surprisingly tricky to decorate. We asked five design experts to share the most common mistakes people make when going open-plan — and how you can steer clear of them.
To fuel your decor ideas, we’ve accompanied this story with images of beautifully designed open-plan rooms