Ah, open concept homes. The minute you walk in and see that wide-open space, large kitchen island open to the family room you think SOLD! Then you move in with your current stuff and think “now what”?
Open concept kitchen and family rooms are great for everyday life and for entertaining. I can seat 5 around my island and as I stand at the center of the island I can see my entire first floor!
Seeing everything leads to some decorating challenges with regard to paint and rug colors, light fixtures, furniture finishes and window coverings. Open concept is a decorating challenge, but I have some tips for you to consider and how I made it all work in my open concept home.
HERE ARE SOME WAYS TO COORDINATE YOUR OPEN CONCEPT HOME
- Start with a basic paint scheme and make sure the colors easily blend together. I used a pale blue, pale green and cream color palette throughout my downstairs. I love Valspar paint!
- Paint the kitchen and family room walls different colors, but in the same value (lightness/darkness) to separate the spaces. Here my main living space paint colors.
- Consider painting the ceiling in your family room and kitchen area the same color as one of the room walls to connect them. Mine is pale blue and people look up and love it.
- Use flooring that blends even though they are different materials. In my home the foyer, family room and kitchen are a walnut hardwood, the powder room is neutral beige tile and my bedroom is a low pile carpet in the same neutral beige. Here is a great rug at Pottery Barn that is a nice base neutral.
- Try to find fabric patterns that blend using a mix of solids, large patterns and smaller patterns on your window coverings. You can see how I mixed fabrics in my family room below.
- Keep the same tones of wood stained furniture and think about painting pieces to coordinate the colors in the space. Like the bookcase you see above.
- Pick light fixtures that “work” together. I kept things simple sticking to 2 primary metallic shades of gold and silver with off-white shades. I painted the lamp from Home Goods the same color as the ceiling 😉
- Think the same way about your picture frames. All of mine, including the mirror in my dining room, are shades of gold to anchor the wall space.
Good luck with decorating your open concept home! I hope my tips help you either in your current home or as you think about buying a new one.