Tips for Decorating an Open Floor Plan

Tips for decorating an open floor plan

As soon as we saw this space from interior designer and blogger Sita Montgomery, we couldn’t wait to share it here on How to Decorate! We love the way Sita uses a happy shades of coral as exclamation marks around this primarily neutral great room. Each space feels defined but still cohesive, which can be a tricky balance in an open floor plan. Luckily, Sita walks us through her favorite ways to bring purpose and pretty to this space.

A home with an open floor plan most often has one common larger room, in some cases the combination of the kitchen, living and dining room areas. There are many benefits to choosing an open floor plan. Less walls to separate rooms means the greater the ability to benefit from natural sunlight and fewer confined areas offer the illusion of more space. Decorating an open floor plan to create one beautiful, cohesive space can be difficult. Here are a few of my favorite tips on how to tackle this decorating challenge.

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Define it

Use furniture to create and differentiate areas in the space. A console table or buffet behind a sofa can help to distinguish the living area from the entry or dining space. This can also be accomplished with the use of area rugs. A rug under a dining table or seating positioned around a large rug can create an area with a distinct function in the open space.

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Make it interesting

Open floor plans tend to have one color on the wall. Adding interest to the them by either using wallpaper or wood trim is a great way to not only create interest on the walls, but they can also aid in defining areas in the larger room. I used wallpaper in this entry and added wood trim in the living room to break up the color on the walls and help distinguish the spaces from one another. Hanging artwork and mirrors is another way to achieve this effect.

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Color coordinate it

Pick a color palette for the room and incorporate it into each individual space. Choose 2 or 3 accent colors and add a touch of them to each area in the the form of fabrics, rugs and accessories. An entry rug, a pillow on the sofa, a runner on the dining table and window treatments in the kitchen, all featuring the same color palette, will help create a cohesive and unified look between the individual areas in an open floor plan.

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Light it up

One of the great features of an open floor plan is the natural sunlight that can flood the space. Ceiling lights and recessed lighting are often used to light up the room in the evening hours. Turn off those ceiling lights and create intimacy in an open floor plan by integrating multiple sources of lighting throughout the space. A pair of table lamps on an entry console or dining buffet, a floor lamp in the living room or a reading lamp on a table by a chair, will light up individual areas and can help give the large room a cozier feel, when desired.

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Sita Montgomery

Sita Montgomery

Sita Montgomery is a wife, mother of three and Interior Designer practicing in Salt Lake City, Utah and its surrounding areas. Since founding her company, Sita Montgomery Interiors, she has quickly become known for her fresh color choices and for expertly mixing pattern and texture to create beautiful, timeless spaces. A University of Utah graduate and former Event Planner for the Kimpton Group of boutique hotels, Sita's well rounded approach to design is evident in her ability to create environments that reflect her clients' style and personality. She prides herself on combining beauty and function in her designs. Whether you are looking to build a home from the ground up or restyle a room in your current home, Sita Montgomery Interiors, takes great care in creating well-balanced, polished spaces on time and on budget. Sita offers a full line of Interior Design Services, including her popular E-Design Service. To learn more about Sita Montgomery Interiors' services and view more of Sita's work please visit Sita Montgomery Interiors.

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    Susan

    September 17, 2015
     

    Ive bought several items from Ballard without a problem. I love the quality and the great ideas. I do have a little dilemma of a decorating nature I need help with. We also have an open floor plan with a U-Shaped sectional. How would I go about decorating behind it.

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      September 17, 2015
       

      Susan,
      Our Design Solutions team would love to help you with your dilemma! It’s a free service we offer to all of our customers. Simply complete this form (and be sure to upload photos), and our team will connect with you.

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