How to make the most of open plan spaces when letting or selling property in London

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Now that Covid restrictions are easing and we are looking forward to socialising again, open plan living is ideal for entertaining family and friends. Read on to see how to make the most of open plan spaces.


  • Open plan properties are highly sought after
  • Airy open plan homes are ideal for entertaining indoors
  • Combined living, cooking and dining spaces give homeowners more flexibility

Some Covid-19 restrictions are being eased from today 17th May 2021, and now 6 people or 2 households can meet up indoors. This means we can now look at entertaining friends and family in our homes again, while we are encouraged to consider actions we can take to help keep our loved ones safe.

Open plan interiors are ideal at any time for entertaining in your home, but now open plan layouts are especially sought after by those who are keen to buy in London. However, for property owners who are keen to maximise their opportunities in the London property market, there are some key factors to consider when marketing an open plan layout.

Practical yet stylish – the popularity of open plan interiors in the London housing market

Buyers and tenants in London are always on the lookout for fashionable and attractive properties that make the most of their floor plan.

Demand for open plan apartments is increasing

Open plan living areas can maximise the space available for entertaining, relaxing, dining and cooking, making for a more pleasant home environment with a strong social feel. With complete freedom to move fluidly between seating, dining and kitchen areas, homeowners can enjoy the benefits of a more sociable living experience.

We spoke to our estate agents in Royal Docks who have seen a huge increase in demand for open plan apartments in recent years. Many of the recent developments in E16 have been designed specifically with open plan living spaces as modern buyers are demanding the flexibility and versatility that this floor plan offers.

These open plan layouts have now become more valued than could have ever been foreseen before the pandemic.

Tips to make the most of your open plan space

Defining zones in an open plan room

Spaces can easily be defined using furniture or colour schemes.

The danger in any open plan space is that it can become confused and cluttered, without any organisation or set purpose. With only one large area to accommodate several rooms’ worth of furniture, it can be tempting to allow confusion to reign supreme, and the result can be less than appealing.

The key to a successful open plan home is to create zones designed to accommodate specific activities, and these areas can be demarcated in a number of ways – perhaps through the clever use of furniture, by using unified colour schemes, or by laying rugs to define the use of a space.

Choosing furniture to suit the look and add storage

Using furniture in a clever way also adds more appeal to an open plan room. Pieces which have both concealed storage and open shelves allow for the display of accessories and books while being able to hide away less attractive items.

Floor-to-ceiling furniture, modular sofas and sleek contemporary pieces also lend themselves well to the modern theme of this type of floor plan.

Decorating an open plan property to appeal to those who want to buy in London

There are many excellent ways to decorate an open plan space, however one of the most tried and tested ways is to opt for a neutral of soft white décor with furnishings in a similar palette for both dining and living zones.

One of the best features of an open plan space is that homeowners can experiment freely with designs that would be considered over-sized in a standard room. Statement furniture pieces, dramatic wall art, large-scale patterns on textiles and eye-catching rugs all work well.

Now is the ideal time to sell your open plan property

As restrictions are now easing, people are again out looking to buy properties and are keen to purchase open plan properties with a fresh and airy feel to them.

To take advantage of this current surge in demand, use our tips above to get your property in tip-top shape for the market and contact our local London agents today to see how we can get you a tip-top price for your property!

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