With more professionals working at home either full- or part-time, the need for maximizing living space has never been greater. How can you make your open floor plan work as a multifunctional living space while maintaining the harmony of your home? These ideas can help you get started.
1. Determine your true needs for your space.
As you consider your living space holistically, decide how it would best serve your evolving needs—for work, socializing, and relaxation. Living rooms can be segmented or transitioned into home offices, entertainment hubs, or quiet areas of relaxation for the family. Thoughtfully designed modern kitchens can potentially accommodate all three of these needs, in addition to serving as the hub for food preparation and storage. A well-constructed kitchen island can double as a home office workspace perfect for video calls or computer work, with built-in technology ports and drawers to keep all your supplies.
If your kitchen has great space and sightlines but is not well-designed for your current needs, talk to a design professional to determine what changes you could make to layout and cabinetry to improve its functionality.
2. Consider how to best connect—or separate—your space
Connecting indoor spaces with outdoors is one of the hallmarks of modern Italian design, but the flow of rooms within a home can also add to a feeling of space and maximize the use of natural light. Even if you are looking to achieve a more compartmentalized space, walls are not necessarily the answer. Beautifully crafted, freestanding modern shelves and cabinets can serve as space separators that not only set it off a space for more privacy, but also add storage or hide technology from view. Sliding doors finished as cabinetry become moving partitions and can close off spaces on-demand for a seamless, visual continuum.
3. Update your cabinetry to maximize storage
From modern living rooms to kitchens to home office spaces, storage is always at a premium. It’s also one of the easiest ways for you to update your space with minimum disruption to your home. Finely crafted cabinetry by modern Italian fabricators such as Olivieri can provide you with customized solutions for your most challenging storage needs, all while ensuring the resulting space is effortlessly elegant and visually serene. For inspiration and solutions, visit the NOLI showroom to see what’s possible.