It’s not surprising that open floor plans have become the staple in modern homes over the past years. It maximizes space, fosters better communication among the family, and simply creates a fresh, airy atmosphere. The challenge with this concept, though, is how to decorate it — how to start putting pieces together.
With no walls as guides and just a huge block of space to fill out, the design can be really challenging. These tips, however, can help you with your creative project:
Define the sections in the house
You need to decide first the function of a particular area, so you can identify distinct zones in the space. Once you’ve settled on what you’re going to do with which section, use furniture to mark it out. A coffee table with a sofa will clearly distinguish the living room from the foyer or the kitchen.
To give your spaces a little bit more character, Authentic Provence recommends investing in designer pieces such as Hans Olsen furniture. Note how you can establish smooth transitions from one zone to another as well. An area rug or a slight change in color, say lighter or darker shade in walls or furniture, can help.
Decide on focal points
You still need to establish clear focal points in an open floor plan. In fact, you need it more in this setup since you’re dealing with a huge chunk of space where so many elements are laid out. What’s different here though is there will be multiple focal points since you have different, distinct zones.
For this, you can either find a central design piece to highlight — built-in focal points include a fireplace, a window with a great view, or a dome ceiling — or add your own, say, accent walls, art pieces, or statement furniture.
Determine your color scheme
Different hues on different zones in open floor plans will only make space look cluttered and not unified. A consistent color scheme will allow a more cohesive look in the space, which will make it easier for the eyes. A safe choice would be neutrals, then add two accent colors to break visual monotony. Other than colors, you can repeat patterns and textures in the space to tie the design elements together.
Designing a house with an open floor plan can be a really tough challenge. But with these tips, you’ll be able to pull off this design project.