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Designer Tips For Decorating an Open Floor Plan

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Open floor plans can create the illusion of having more space. Taking down walls and creating an open concept can make any area more inviting. These wider spaces make entertaining easier and watching children from other rooms a breeze.

It can take time to achieve a natural flow in an open-concept space. With proper design, an open floor plan can avoid looking cluttered and cramped. Here are designer tips for creating a cohesive look in an open-concept area.

Strategically Place Furniture

Keep the furniture away from the walls and design seating areas that welcome conversation by angling them toward each other within each space. Seating can change the entire vibe of a room and the proper placement can make any area seem more intimate.

Place furniture close together so it’s more functional and inviting. Spreading the tables and chairs apart in an open floor plan can fill the space, but it doesn’t do much for the home’s vibe. Don’t block the windows since they provide natural light that can open up the room. 

Avoid using tall furniture or lamps that block the line of sight into another room. Instead, place them along walls to break up space and define areas. Ensure the sightlines remain open to maintain the house’s open-concept layout and use furniture to separate rooms and break up long walls.

Focus on the Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home, where most families gather. Families often meet together in the living room as well, so why not create a flow between the two? Decorating these rooms synonymously can help them flow together seamlessly and create a welcoming atmosphere.

Subtly divide the kitchen and living area with decor that can set it apart without blocking anyone’s view. Focus on features that can help illuminate the room, like painting or renovating the cabinets or adding a kitchen island. Use neutral tones to brighten up the space and emphasize natural light.

Take advantage of the windows that can invigorate the kitchen and allow natural light to accentuate the features in the space. To do so, consider sheer curtains that provide privacy but don’t block light from entering the room.

 Open-plan kitchen

Define Space Zones

Use an area rug to create more room and help define the space. They make visual divisions in rooms with no walls and can set apart the zones. Carpets are also excellent for guiding foot traffic and creating boundaries in the house. Ensure there is enough space for walkways between each room that encourages a comfortable path to other areas.

They can create a cozy vibe in an otherwise empty and cold space. Experiment with colors to brighten the zone that goes well with the other decor. Consider hanging or placing a mirror across from windows to bounce natural light and reveal more of an open feel.

Try different sizes and shapes to fit the zone of the space. Painting the walls in different shades can also help distinguish areas in the home. Consider creating an accent wall that sets apart distinct regions, like a nook or dining room.

Consistency Is Key

Use a consistent color scheme throughout the rooms to unify them while allowing them to have their own personalities. While colors can contrast in different areas for division purposes, ensure they complement each other to create continuity.

The house’s flooring should match, although rugs can be different and help separate the spaces. If the walls are different colors, ensure the trim and molding are the same throughout to maintain connection throughout the area. Incorporate patterns and accent colors to highlight features and furniture and add depth to the zones of the home.

Creating a focus feature for each defined space can generate interest and enhance the zone’s uniqueness. Consider having one distinguished piece for each zone and building around it to emphasize its structure while maintaining an open feel throughout the rest of the house.

Designing Open Concepts

Interior design can be tricky in open-concept spaces, but knowing how to decorate an open floor plan can be a game-changer. The correct placement of furniture, decor and other features can transform a room and create an inviting vibe for family and friends to gather in the home.


Author: Evelyn Long is the editor-in-chief of Renovated. Her work focuses on interior and architectural design and has been published by Build Magazine, the National Association of REALTORS and other online publications.