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How to Define Spaces When Staging An Open Floor Plan

Open floor plan living room with view of kitchen.

There are many benefits to an open floor plan. It’s more inviting and eases movement throughout the home. However, it can be challenging to define spaces when staging. If you don’t stage an open floor plan correctly, your home can appear awkward. Follow the tips we’ve gathered on staging an open floor plan to make your home irresistible to buyers. The key to staging an open floor plan is to define each space while creating a harmonious, seamless flow. Defining spaces also helps create privacy.

Use Area Rugs

Not only do area rugs help define a space, but they also make space feel warm, cozy, and welcoming. It’s an instant way to make a room more stylish and put together. It also adds character to the room. If you plan to use multiple rugs in a large area, make sure they complement each other.

Consider Your Furniture Arrangement 

The way you arrange your furniture can help you define spaces. You can use furniture to create boundaries between different rooms. For instance, in your living room, position your sofa so that the back faces the dining room.

Open floor plan living room with area rug.

You can also enhance this distinction by placing a console table behind the sofa. Another benefit of the table is that it showcases another storage option. To make things feel even cozier, place baskets filled with blankets underneath the console table. It gives the living room a greater presence for a bigger impact. Having the seats face each other can also make the living room more distinct.

Keep Traffic Flow In Mind

When defining spaces, it’s important to keep traffic flow in mind. Try not to block any doorways or sightlines. Otherwise, things might look cramped or unpleasant to the eyes. When placing furniture, make sure there is enough space to move around it. A healthy amount of negative space is a good thing.

Keep Colors Coordinated

Open floor plan with view of living room and dining room.

When choosing colors for each room, you’ll want to make sure there is enough variation so each space looks distinct. At the same time, the colors of the different rooms should coordinate with each other. You can create color variations with subtle accents like artwork and pillows. Other ways you can create variation are through accent walls or large colorful furniture pieces.

Add Overhead Elements

Open floor plan with kitchen, living room, and stone fireplace.

Adding overhead elements is another way to define a space. Wood beams are an excellent example of an overhead element. A dropped ceiling can also make a space more distinct. Having variations of different lighting fixtures in each room can also help set them apart.

Get Creative with Room Dividers

A bookcase partitioning off an area of a room.

There are many different creative ways you can divide a space. Room dividers are the perfect solution to section off smaller spaces. They work especially well for studio apartments. They can also provide privacy for bedrooms or office spaces. Other solutions you can use for room dividers are bookcases or curtains. A floor-to-ceiling bookcase is an excellent option since it can also double as extra storage. You can use these same tips when working with open floor plans when staging Airbnb’s too!

Schedule a Home Staging Consultation

Staging an open floor plan can feel challenging, but tips should help make it easier. Throughout the years, there has been an increasing demand for open floor plans, so use this to your advantage. If you do it right, it will increase the chances of selling your home quickly. If you really want to nail it, consider hiring staging professionals like MHM Professional Staging. Our team would be more than happy to help you present your home in the best light possible. Request a home staging consultation.

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