Open floor plan living areas are incredibly beneficial to the flow of a house. They're great for entertaining, they invite conversation, and they allow you to easily transition your decor from one space to the next. They do, however, provide somewhat of a challenge.
The best way to make a open floor plan work is to differentiate the spaces in your home, like a kitchen and living room, so that they're both functional and beautifully cohesive.
We're taking you through everything you need to know to make your open floor plan work for you.
Determine how you're going to define the two areas. Placement of furniture is key, and it becomes more important the larger the area is.
Equally as important as defining the two areas is coordinating them. However, this doesn't necessarily mean everything needs to match! A simple way to ensure there's cohesiveness in the space is to keep the wall color the same throughout, and tie the design together by using coordinating accent colors in both areas.
For example, coordinating a pop of color in the living room with the same color in your tiled backsplash in the kitchen. Whether it's a color palette or a theme, like travel, it should be carried into both spaces.
If you're starting from scratch, choose a piece with colors that inspire you and pull your color scheme from there, whether it's a patterned sofa or an area rug. From there you can bring in contrasting tones, pops of color, and textural elements.
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If you're not careful, an open floor plan can read cold. Especially if it's a larger space. Fortunately, there are a few simple changes you can make to ensure your home still feels cozy and inviting. Here are some ideas to consider:
Decorating an open floor plan is about defining what the two areas are being used for, while at the same time coordinating your decor and incorporating your color scheme throughout the space.
It's important to consider traffic flow and create a floor plan before you begin decorating. Finally, bring in cozy elements to tie the room together and add warmth. Whether you're just starting the design process or you're looking to fill out your space with accent pieces, our designers can help.