Open-Concept Bedrooms: Are They Practical or Just a Novelty?
Bedrooms have always been private zones but that could be changing if these open-concept chambers are any indication.
When it comes to floor plans these days, it’s all about open-concept spaces: open living rooms, open kitchens and… open bedrooms?
While most of us would balk at the idea of see-through boudoirs that are missing a dividing wall or two (or all of them), the truth is they are unique, flexible and extra spacious when designed right.
That said, don’t just take our word for it. See for yourself these 9 remarkable open-concept bedrooms before deciding whether these unconventional spaces deserve a place in your home.
1. The bold and the beautiful
Interior Firm: The Scientist
We think the insides of this apartment are downright amazing because of its daring paint job! Designed by The Scientist in the retro Memphis style, this tiny but mighty pad has all the bright hues that colour lovers want and more.
It’s also here that the value of an open-plan bedroom is shown: on one hand it opens up the space visually, and on the other, it allows natural light to freely enter and brighten up the surroundings.
2. A cosy corner that’s also a guest room
Interior Firm: Free Space Intent
Another benefit of having open-concept sleeping spaces is the amount of flexibility that it allows in planning your home.
In the case of this colourful industrial-style flat, a small section of space behind the living room was easily turned into a welcoming guest bedroom by adding a foldable bed. Meanwhile, the lack of physical barriers makes the space feel more spacious than it would have been if it was walled off.
3. All-in-one: study + walk-in wardrobe + bedroom
Interior Firm: Fuse Concept
Having multi-use spaces is one way to make the most of a small home, but they often feel cramped because of just how much is being crammed in.
The solution? Take a page from design firm Fuse Concept’s book of tricks by outfitting your study/walk-in wardrobe/bedroom with glass walls to create a sense of flow into other spaces.
4. Zone off a mini bedroom with sliding doors
Interior Firm: The Makers Design Studio
Want an easy way to zone off a bedroom, but also need quick access to it? Then sliding doors are just what you need.
For this 2-room flexi flat, what interior firm The Makers did was to install a set of see-through barriers that provides privacy without closing off the bedroom visually from both inside and outside.
5. Take things to new heights with industrial-style windows
Interior Firm: Versaform
Literally taking the open-concept look to new heights is this loft-style bedroom that Versaform created for a compact condominium apartment.
Here, industrial-style windows were combined with a raised platform to create a one-of-a-kind bedroom that maximises vertical space in a truly creative manner.
6. Why not get an open-concept bathroom too?
Interior Firm: Aart Boxx Interior
If you aren’t concerned with the lack of privacy (or are brave enough), why not adopt the open-concept look for your en suite bathroom as well?
The master bedroom of this daringly bold Chai Chee apartment is joined by an ultra-modern bathroom, which leaves nothing to the imagination with its clear glass enclosure.
7. With elegant glass panels who needs walls?
Interior Firm: Habit
Design firm Habit’s work on this moody, but spacious apartment is nothing short of amazing. Each space, including the bedroom, is delineated by sleek glass walls that define thresholds within the house.
The cool look is also helped by natural light penetrating through the panels, which keep the seemingly seamless surroundings from looking too dark.
8. Showcase your bedroom with a ‘frame’
Interior Firm: The Local INN.terior
What do you do to showcase a feature-worthy piece of art? Make it the focus, of course.
Doing just that for their work on this ultra-chic Serangoon Central flat, The Local INN.terior succeeded in creating a ‘picture frame’ for the home’s open-concept bedroom by installing a see-through glass ‘wall’ that’s equal parts special and attention-grabbing.
9. No bedroom walls? No problem, just keep it open.
Interior Firm: Style Living Interior
Think bedroom walls are an encumbrance? Well, you aren’t the only one because the owners of this 5-room flat in Ang Mo Kio probably think the same too.
Save for a lone wall that’s used to mount a round dresser mirror, the rest of bedroom has no barriers for a completely spacious look. If this isn’t proof that open-concept bedrooms are beautiful, we aren’t sure what is.
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