5 Tips to Linking Open Concept Spaces
They’re everywhere! In new construction homes, remodeled spaces, in updated condos, and even new apartments. Everyone wants an open concept space! Over time, life has become much more casual, and our homes have had to adapt. For most of us, gone are the days of formal meals (except for one or two holidays and special occasions). In many homes nowadays, we’d rather talk to those prepping the meal or huddle around the television while food is prepared. There is little need for kitchens to be a closed off space and combining them with a family room or great room is now the preferred configuration.
This trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon and with it must come a new ways to think about how we will decorate. Open concept spaces are a combination of two or more spaces and finding ways to link them together is crucial in allowing your space to reach its maximum potential. The trick is allowing each space to have it’s own ‘personality’ while allowing for obvious and direct links to demonstrate continuity between them.
Some people find decorating open concept spaces easier than others. Today I am going to offer 5 tips in linking open concept spaces to one another in a few projects we’ve recently completed. Some connections are more obvious than others but all of them are useful. Read on!
Tip 1. Color: Color is one of the most obvious ways to link to spaces. With continuity of color, there is no disruption between areas and the relation is totally straightforward.
Tip 2. Texture/Pattern: Using the same texture and/or pattern in two adjoining spaces is a more subtle link but definitely identifies them with one another.
Tip 3. Lighting: Lighting that has a similar shape is, again, a more subtle way to correlate spaces. The lights pictured below are different colors, styles, and sizes. Still, after taking a closer look at their shape, the connection is evident.
Tip 4. Style: Every single piece in a space doesn’t have to be the same style but having the major furnishings in an open concept have some familiarity between them creates and defines cohesiveness.
Tip 5. Flooring: Flooring does more to unite a space than almost any other element.
These 5 tips can be used in any combination you choose and will make your space feel bigger, better, and more connected! What do you think? Have you used any of these tips? Were you successful?
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