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Design Tips for Open Floor Plans

Open-concept living is a favorite for many reasons. For starters, an open floor plan allows for maximum light in a space, making even the smallest of rooms appear bigger. Plus, an open-flow kitchen and living area makes entertaining a breeze. A large “great room” can also become multi-functional with an added desk against a sofa. Here are five keys to make open-concept living work.

Use Furnishings to Define an Area

Create separate functional spaces using furniture. For example, place a sofa backed with a console table outside the kitchen to delineate the start of the living room. Further define the living room by placing a rug in the center of that space.

Go Big and Bold

Lighting also helps to define different parts of a room. Anchor a dining table with a chandelier, or place a large ceiling fan in the center of the living space. You can also use large accent lighting features above a dining room table or kitchen island, or in an entry way to add drama and grandeur.

Delineate Spaces with Flooring

You can use different wood flooring options to define separate spaces or consider a wood floor/tile combination. When installing hardwood flooring you can change the direction of the planks to create separation between living and dining areas.

Create a Feature in Each Area

A standout design feature in each area will not only help to define each space but also make a room stand out. For example, consider a gallery wall for decorative displays in the dining room or an oversized island in the kitchen for double duty function and entertaining.

Maintain Design Continuity

Be stylish but strategic. Color palettes in different spaces should complement one another, while using layers of texture and different hues for highlights and accents.

For more design ideas, use the virtual Design Your Room tool.