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Solving The Design Challenges of an Open Concept Home

Unique to open concept rooms are a few design challenges. We tell you how to tackle them and focus your decor on enhancing the beautiful features of this type of home.
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Solving The Design Challenges of an Open Concept Home

Interior & Furnishings | HGDI ADMIN

Unique to open concept rooms are a few design challenges. We tell you how to tackle them and focus your decor on enhancing the beautiful features of this type of home.

An open concept home can have many benefits, including a great flow, living spaces that are flooded with light, and impressive style.

Painting an Accent Wall

Accent walls can break up the sameness of a room and add an interesting design element. The problem is, which wall do you choose? It isn’t so obvious in an open concept home. 

Interior design experts suggest you focus on the wall that your eye sees first upon entering the room. Most of the time, you won’t go wrong. If that wall doesn’t suit, choose to enhance an already existing focal point by painting the wall associated with it. This is a good strategy to avoid having strong design elements compete against each other in the room. You might choose to paint the wall above the fireplace or enhance a wall that has a significant piece of furniture or art, for two examples. 

Merging the Kitchen and Sitting Area

For a seamless flow, the kitchen and adjacent sitting area should form a perfect union of space. Because changing out the kitchen fixtures and features can be costly, it makes more sense to adapt the sitting area to reflect the kitchen. This may be accomplished by choosing muted tones that reflect appliances, cabinets and countertops, as the base of the room. Pops of coordinating color will set off the sitting room, while still keeping things mated together. 

Separating Functional Space

Knowing where one area ends and the other begins can be a design challenge in an open floor plan. Without full walls and doors, defining space and function requires a bit of creativity. Elements that can help separate a space include architectural details, such as columns, half walls and dropped or raised ceilings, strategically placed islands and breakfast bars, and furniture and rug placement. 

 

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