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Design Tips for An Open Floor Plan Concept

November 2, 2018

Homes used to be designed with a separate kitchen, living room, and dining room. As architects recognized that families wanted less isolation and more connectivity with each other, they took down those walls. They replaced the space with one main living area where those three rooms merged into one. You no longer have one designated room to place your furnishings, but a large space that offers more versatility. So what do you do with this blank canvas? Sage Homes Northwest offers these design tips for an open floor plan concept.

Create invisible dividers.

Just because you don’t have walls doesn’t mean you can’t have separate spaces—for tv-watching, reading, doing homework, playing, eating, and entertaining. 

• Place a dining table perpendicular to the living room furniture so that you break up the one long line. 

• Look at your open floor plan and decide where you want to create task areas. 

• Set up a desk and shelves for a homework station. 

• Put a comfy chair and occasional table near a window for a reading nook, and add some houseplants to cozy it up.

Aim for symmetry.

An open space can seem cavernous without the right interior design. While you might welcome the minimalist design, you also need to execute it correctly. Symmetry is essential. Create balance by using two armchairs chairs opposite your sofa, or two sofas. Draw a mental line down the center of your room to see if you’ve achieved balance. If not, shift your furnishings so that one side isn’t heavily weighted while another feels bare.

Artfully craft your color palette.

With an open space, you can work with soft colors, rich shades, or go bold. Decide on your wall color and add the accent colors. Be sure to incorporate splashes of color here and there so that your open floor plan doesn’t seem like an endless tribute to one color. Add in all the prints and textures you want, but stay true to your chosen palette to avoid disruptions in your decorating scheme.

Use light right.

You want to light your defined spaces appropriately, so don’t just rely on existing overhead lights. Pendants are perfect over an island or even a dining table. A chandelier should be proportionally sized to the space it’s lighting—too small and the fixture is dwarfed by the room’s size; too large and it overwhelms. Use table and floor lamps for task lighting in nooks, and incorporate wall sconces to light up dark areas.

Put area rugs to work.

The right choice of area rugs helps to define each space. Put one in your reading nook, a larger one under your dining room table, and another in the living room. Make sure the rugs complement one another. They don’t have to match, but the colors should work together. You can also stick with a main color theme and mix it up with different textures of the area rugs.

A local homebuilder, Sage Homes Northwest builds luxury homes and townhomes homes in Seattle with the open floor plan concept. Come take a look and find the inspiration you need to make a big change in your abode.


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