Open Floor Plan Vs Closed: Our Tulsa-Based Interior Design Firm’s Perspective

The age-old debate continues: are open floor plans or individual rooms better? At Kirkendall Design, we understand the importance of finding what truly suits your family’s needs. With three decades of interior design experience in design-build projects, we’re here to provide expert guidance.

Let’s start by looking at the pros and cons.

Open Floor Plans

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  • Allows for larger space to gather
  • Provides for the transfer of natural light through all of the spaces
  • Opportunities for “through views” (i.e., viewing multiple areas from one vantage point)
  • Spaces feel larger even if they are not


  • More noise transfer
  • Challenge to make open floor plan feel cozy at times
  • Harder to keep clean and tidy since everything is seen at once
  • Less privacy

Closed Floor Plans

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  • It can create a more cozy and intimate feel
  • More privacy
  • More opportunities to add colors, textures, and design elements from room to room


  • It can feel cramped and closed off if not designed well
  • More challenging to host large groups

Remember, you don’t have to pick one over the other. You can blend the two together to create a home that perfectly suits your lifestyle. With an interior designer like Kirkendall Design, at the helm of your project, you’re in good hands no matter which direction you choose. 

Our Interior Design Services

Our space planning services cater to a variety of needs:

  • New Home Builds: For those embarking on new home builds, we meticulously review construction documents to ensure optimal room sizes and seamless flow throughout your home.
  • Renovations: Need to reconfigure a closed-off or clunky space? We offer expert elevations, drawings, and construction services to reimagine your existing layout.
  • Furniture & Space Planning: Through our interior design industry partnerships, we provide access to top-quality, custom furniture and collaborate with you to design space plans that are the right scale, size, and layout for your home – no matter the floor plan!

So, are you team open floor plan or closed-off? Whichever side you lean toward, our interior design team –serving the Tulsa area and beyond– is ready to come alongside you to help craft a home that not only meets your needs but also tells your unique story.

Submit a design request to schedule your complimentary discovery call and get started!

Submit a design request to schedule your complimentary discovery call and get started!