Being able to see the kiddos watch TV while you make dinner is great, but sometimes the crazy-popular open floor plan can pose a few design challenges. Here are a few ways to make sure your rooms feel intimate and inviting without sacrificing those sight lines!
This open-concept living space keeps the magnificent view obstruction-free from all angles. The low sight line furniture helps to keep it even more unobstructed creating the perfect venue to enjoy the view or entertain. The soft gray and white hues make the space inviting and cozy.
This light and bright living room features an exposed beam vaulted ceiling with gray stone fireplace that serves as the focal point for the newly remodeled space. The pass-throughs on either side of the fireplace provide a logical flow between the two spaces and attractive sight lines.
The pass-throughs on either side of this gray stone fireplace provide attractive sight lines and a logical flow between the living room and sunroom. Exposed beam vaulted ceilings contribute to the room's open concept, while a plush gray sofa and neutral armchairs provide cozy spots for relaxing.
A wall between the entry and this room was removed and replaced with open railing. Now there's a sight line from the dining room and foyer into the office allowing for lots of natural light to flow throughout and for there to be an open flow that unifies the spaces.
Staging a room to compliment the view can be difficult at times. This large l-shaped sectional creates a sight line that's low enough to capture the view while providing enough sitting for entertaining. Soft grays and whites magnify the large windows while the subtle pops of color enhance the picturesque view.
While an open floor plan gives a home a more spacious feel and fantastic sight lines from room to room, arranging furniture can be a challenge. Even in a tight space, a sectional of the right scale can be a smart choice. The angular L- shape helps delineate the space’s functional and maximizes seating.
Thin black trim and windows on all sides make walking upstairs feel like floating through air, blurring the lines between the home's interior and exterior. Face the front of the hall and enjoy a clear line of sight straight to the water.
This dining room includes an open concept feeling with direct sight lines throughout the home. With lots of windows, the space gets plenty of natural light, and the modern chandelier hanging from the ceiling helps to give light as well. The modern design continues with the dining table and the straight lines of the table and the chairs.
By far the most significant modification in this renovation was the opening up of two walls that had separated the dining room from an adjacent breakfast room and the kitchen. The new design made way for an enlarged kitchen, and the combined spaces now feels much more open and welcoming with an improved flow and sight-line.
Where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean is lined with gated resorts, each more beautiful than the next. But there is something special about JW Marriott Los Cabos which manages to balance intimacy and glamor with its iconic design by Jim Olson from Olson Kundig in collaboration with Mexico City-based design firm IDEA Asociados. Built to blur the line between inside and out especially in its striking open-air lobby and six swimming pools, and to embrace the local land, sky and incredible desert foliage of Los Cabos, the resort debuted in 2015 but feels timeless. The design of the 229 guest rooms and suites blends seamlessly with the landscape and features remarkable sight lines that often end in a striking piece of contemporary art. Rooms are spacious and contemporary in feel and integrate works by Mexican artisans. There is a beautiful spa on site that offers an ancient temazcal sweat-lodge experience as well as award-winning Chef Thierry Blouet's renowned Cafe des Artistes though for my money, the incredible breakfast buffet featuring both Mexican treats (like fresh guacamole and made-to-order quesadillas with an array of local fillings) and European pastries was worth the stay alone.
Great expanses of glass and clean, modern lines merge to form a San Francisco-area home that's as spectacular as its view. A custom rail encloses this interior walkway without obstructing the line of sight.
A pass-through window into a turquoise blue kitchen gives this white living room an energizing jolt of color. The kitchen's blue motif is reflected in the Japanese raku pots lining the shelf and the backless stools that were custom designed so they don't interrupt the lines of sight between the two spaces.
A direct line of sight from the dining room into the living room creates a seamless flow for entertaining, while large windows in both spaces allow light and warmth to be prominent features of the home.
A large island provides additional counter space for convenient meal preparation in this streamlined kitchen. Minimalistic pendant lights illuminate the island's work space and bar area without obstructing the line of sight, keeping the space feeling open and airy.