Home is where the heart is: Creating intimate spaces


Home design has changed considerably in the last fifty years. Homes today are being built with open floor plans. While that change has been revolutionary in many ways, it has also posed a challenge with creating intimate spaces in the home. Most homeowners want a large, open floor plan, and yet still want to retain some of the coziness that smaller rooms provide. The good news is there are many different ways you can accomplish creating warmth and intimacy in your home – despite how bare the bones are.


By carefully thinking out every inch, you can create unique, cozy spaces in the places used most. For instance, the kitchen is truly the heart of the home. It’s where most people in your family spend the majority of their time coming together. Why not create cozy a breakfast nook? Banquettes work well in an alcove or corner, ideal for large families and children.  However, if you’re going for more of a nostalgic look, a custom booth with built-in benches on either side of the table will serve up some morning relaxation. You can get as creative as you want with your design. A uniquely shaped tabletop or base can add an artistic vibe, and the benches could easily be made to lift open for extra storage.



The living room is another hot-spot frequented in the home. Clever placement of furniture is a great way to carve out smaller spaces. The returning trend to curved furnishings makes a grouping more intriguing and intimate. Perfect timing to integrate a few new curved furniture pieces into your home. A living room that feels too large and formal does not encourage feelings of love, intimacy, and personal connection. Curved furniture pieces, such as a kidney-shaped sofa, are the perfect fix to an otherwise plain room, creating a much-needed sense of sensuality and subtle play.




Color plays a huge role in evoking moods, feelings, and emotions. Proper choice of color is a great way to create warmth and provide that cozy feeling that you want to retain, without giving up the benefits of an open floor plan. Implementing a warm color scheme that also mixes cooler and darker shades can completely transform the look and feel of a room.  Adding layers of pigment makes the space feel intentionally moody and romantic. Remember to choose paint, fabrics, and decorative elements with the entirety of the color scheme in mind.



A little creativity can go a long way when transforming your home into a warm and intimate place to live, regardless of the type of floor plan. Make your space a place you can’t wait to get back to and never want to leave. After all, Home is where the heart is, so make yours one to love.

Source from dwest.com