Smart Open-Plan Living for Your Cabin

By Chloe Taylor

Cabin is the most classic getaway property there is, but does the fact that it is a relaxation evergreen mean that it should not be redecorated as the new trends are emerging? Of course not. Just like houses, cabins can be upgraded and renovated in a way that fits your current needs. One of the trends that has been with us for a while and that could look fantastic in your retreat is an open concept, that will completely transform the way you are using it. You will be able to conduct different activities simultaneously (entertain guests and cook, for instance) and make your cabin stylish and modern. Here are a few helpful tips:

Make Sections inside the Open Space

Open concept doesn’t mean that all of the rooms are connected and designed the same way. Before you start with remodeling, you have to make a sketch to determine the zones of each space. The living room and the kitchen are not the only two sections reserved for entertainment. Depending on your needs, you can have dining area, entertaining area, kids’ nook, reading nook, etc. You can do the same with your bedroom, or any other part of the cabin. Next, it’s time to consider the sizes of these zones. Also, keep in mind that you should have the appropriate-sized walkways (1.2 m – 1.8 m) between the spaces.

Use Furniture to Make Transitions

Walls make boundaries between different zones in a traditional cabin. Since walls are not an option in open concept, you can properly group the furniture and create the similar effect. The various sets of furniture will make the lines between the sections clearer, and thus help you create a natural flow. Don’t do this by heart – you will need to measure the furniture and the available space.

Define, but Do Not Divide

Furniture grouping is just one way of defining different sections. A kitchen island, or a bookshelf, can be used to create a demarcation line between the kitchen and the dining area, or between the living room and the kitchen. Also, different lighting fixtures, curtains, rugs and other accessories can make the zones look like unique, yet connected spaces. Wood columns (not higher than 70 cm) are a neat way to define space in a cabin, while partial walls are usually used for the house.

Intimate and Common Areas

People often steer away from open concept bedrooms because they are afraid that their privacy will be too exposed. That doesn’t have to be the case. You can get a sense of control over the “intrusions” you allow into the private zones such as home office and bedroom by installing space-saving aluminium sliding doors. Sliding doors are discrete and, when they are open – they do not eat up the space, but provide you with privacy and reduce the noise when closed. Since the kitchen, dining area and living room are considered public spaces, there will be no need for similar solutions.

A Perfect Harmony

Although different zones should be easily visible, that does not mean they should be inconsistent with the overall cabin décor. Aim to create a cohesive whole where distinct elements will flow throughout the space, creating the perfect harmony. For instance, the pink throw pillow on the living room sofa could match the same coloured fridge in the kitchen; the bamboo rug in the bedroom could match a table lamp in the home office, an accent wall in the living room could be an inspiration for the chairs in the dining room – there is no end to possibilities.

It’s the perfect time to breathe in new life in your cabin, and open concept is the ideal way to achieve that. Not only it is quite easy to pull off, but it is also very efficient in providing dynamics and easing the life in your beloved retreat. Finally, you will be able to make a perfect family gathering or a party there, without having to spend the most of the evening stuck in the kitchen without even seeing your guests.


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