So many homes today have an “open concept” in their kitchen, dining and living room spaces. What does this mean for decorating purposes? Is there any rules or tricks to use when you pick and choose your décor items? Here are a few things to keep in mind as you decorate:
Carry Over Style – Open concept living means you can see all three of these areas at once, so you need to have carry over style into each space. No clashing of colors, but complimenting. Also, repeat some similar elements, like same types of shelving in the kitchen and dining room, or lighting that is similar. Its okay for the spaces to be different (they have different purposes, after all) but having some carry over style will keep them all functioning well together.
Light and Airy – Usually when you want an open concept home, you like the idea of open and airy spaces. However, when you basically have 3-rooms-in-one, an open concept can look more cluttered and crowded than you may want. Use design elements that keep the ceiling feeling tall (maybe some beams?) and the spaces defined as well. Using natural light or even great lighting fixtures can help the space feel larger and more open as well.
Sneaky Storage and Small Spaces – Keeping the space uncluttered means you need places to store things either out of sight (like hidden cabinets, benches and boxes) or in site with pretty organized shelves of dishes, or books or photos. Also, using items that function for two different things can help as well. An ottoman that can be used as a coffee table, a cabinet used as a side table to hold things, a buffet that not only stores dishes but maybe some seasonal décor items. When items have a dual function, that is one less piece of furniture taking up space!
Keeping these things in mind will help you make the best choices for your open concept home!