The Strange Rise Of Open Concept Living

Some people love open concept design and others hate it. My question is, why did it start? What brought us to want open concept design so badly that it is now present in almost every home in America? I'll tell you what I think.

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Open Concept Design

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It’s strange to think about the changing popularity of different interior design trends. Taking open concept design for example. Humans once lived in caves and huts. Since that time, we’ve come an incredible distance to modern times.

We all know the effect that honey oak cabinets had on the housewives of America. Is it just me or are the exact same cabinets in every house still to this day?

Actually, I guess those cabinets are all being replaced with white shaker cabinets. The new “never going to go out of style,” cabinet you can purchase.

There are numerous design styles that you can choose from. Check out my article on the most popular interior design styles to help you choose one that’s perfect for you.

Once you decide on a design style, you need to decide whether open concept design is right for you.

Rising Popularity Of Open Concept

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I guess we should have seen the open concept design coming when we started to knock holes and pass throughs in our kitchen walls. Slowly, those pass throughs became larger until the whole wall disappeared.

Then the walls between all the other rooms started to disappear as well. There was no more formal front room and the entry hallways disappeared too.

Soon, we were combining the kitchen and the dining room. The living room soon followed suit and before we knew it, a majority of common spaces in a house were being combined more often than not.

Why People Love Open Concept Design

At the heart of our love for open concept design is most likely our love of light and space. Like I said, we’ve come a long way from the caves and huts we once lived in.

Now, we crave tall ceilings and white finishes to bounce light around a room and make it feel even larger. Open concept introduces another way to make a space appear even larger.

Open Concept Problems

Believe it or not, some people don’t actually like the open concept design. There is an obvious issue in open concept areas. You have to have a single style and streamlined look to an open space or else it’s going to look muddy and clashed.

Some people also prefer to keep their rooms separate in order to hide specific messes. Many people prefer their kitchens to be in a separate room because their counters can be a bit messy.

The Spruce has a great article that has a deep discussion about the flaws and issues present in open concept design. Check it out for more information.

So Where Is Open Concept Going?

In the grand scheme of things, I feel like open concept design is just another phase that interior design will go through. Sure, we love it now. But may I remind you that we also once loved those honey oak cabinets.

I see the future of open concept as more of a halfway feeling. Instead of completely open concept, room may be divided by half walls. This way light can go through and the ceilings can still be tall but you still have division between rooms.

Final Thoughts

I personally like a halfway version of open concept. I prefer to have separate areas of the house where there is clearly a bedroom wing and a common area.

Similarly, in my common area, I personally prefer that my kitchen is somewhat segmented off. It’s not because I feel like I need to hide my counters but rather, I prefer that there aren’t a bunch of people in there while I’m cooking.

The trick in any interior design is to figure out what you like and what you want. You may prefer one, giant open space. Or you may prefer that each room is perfectly segmented off from its neighbors. You should never feel like you need to conform to other peoples’ design style.

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