When you walk through the door of your modern cottage, where do you go first? From the entry, you see glimpses of individual rooms, open space or the outdoors beyond. In fact, you probably don’t realize it, but all of these elements of light, space and room layout affect your mind and body.
Therefore, it makes sense to connect rooms visually. This way, you see the places where you might read a book, watch television, or take a nap. A combination of intimate spaces with each area having its own personality, spatial definition and reason for being offers a place to do everything. Rooms are distinct, clearly defined, yet still open because they’re all visible to each other. Views extend from room to room with each borrowing light and space from the other.
Share Light from Room to Room
Sunlight coming through windows from another room is alluring. Also, French doors left open connect the indoors of your home to an outside patio. Light offers a feeling of warmth and energy to the home. It beckons you to take steps around the corner where you spot that beautiful piece of artwork – hung in just the right place.
Built-in shelving on the opposite wall holds a special collection of vases and books. But, maybe the books and special things you’ve collected throughout the years are behind doors instead. Your look is more sleek and modern without any clutter.
Highlight Special Objects and Hide the Rest
And, what about the kitchen? Special dishes might be on display, while others are stored inside cabinets. Or, you need open shelving because you want to see where everything goes.
Spaces can flow from one to the next without doors and dividing walls to define them. This sense of flow calms the mind and just seems right in the way you move through and around your home. On the contrary, a series of rooms, small doorways and halls might feel more like meandering through a maze. It is comforting to see your home from a full perspective. By truly experiencing a home’s full width, length and volume, you will have and feel more space and comfort.
Design can Help Define Open Concept Spaces
Half-walls with bookshelves for storage as well as columns open up solid walls and borrow the view beyond. A kitchen island separates a kitchen from a gathering space. The rooms are defined, yet the space and view flow out beyond the implied boundary.
This use of dividers or furniture make a room seem bigger, while still preserving its formal proportions. And, these architectural tricks do their job of providing visual privacy where needed. In addition, they add lots of storage possibilities.
While your modern cottage gives glimpses, it doesn’t reveal itself all at once. This invites you to flow through the spaces to discover its secrets. The nooks and crannies of a home give it its character!
Cover image design by Point One Architects