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Working With The Flow Of Open Concept Design

Working With The Flow Of Open Concept Design

PATCO offers many home styles that feature an open concept floor plan. This means that your living, dining, and kitchen space are one continuous area. Combined with the height of a cathedral ceiling, this mixed use area can look really dramatic! Planning the furniture and decor for each "zone" can be tricky. Since they're all within the same sight line, creating a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing flow is important. 

Don't be afraid to get creative with your furniture layout and lighting. When possible, try arranging furniture to create separation between functional zones. This will help define different uses within the same large area. For example, place a desk behind a sofa to fashion a workspace, or arrange your chairs and sofa in a way that clearly separates the living room from the dining space. You can further define the layout by placing a different overhead light fixture in each separate space. For example, in the living space zone, go for a light fixture that’s close to the ceiling (flush or semi-flush mount). Then, in the adjacent dining space, place a hanging pendant directly over the table.

Paint strategically. The classic tip of using white or paler hues is still spot-on advice for painting any room. Also, painting the trim and walls in the room the same color draws the eye up and highlights that impressive high ceiling. That being said, don't be shy about using darker colors. Soothing hues such as navy or charcoal gray, for example, can make a large space stylishly inviting. The trick is to balance a darker wall with lighter elements to create depth and brighten the room. For example, place a lighter-colored sofa against a dark wall. Layer with more light-colored furniture, shiny accessories and a pale rug. You can also experiment with painted stripes on a wall. Whether vertical or horizontal, the stripes will visually expand or elongate that featured wall.

Ditch the overstuffed college-era sofa. This may be rather obvious, but it’s important: Avoid oversized and heavy-feeling furniture. It will take over and make the room feel smaller. Instead, opt for low-profile, streamlined furniture, particularly sofas. Low-profile furniture essentially means low to the ground. A low-profile sofa, for example, means there’s a small distance from the floor to the sofa seat. From a design standpoint, this usually means smaller sofa legs, streamlined cushions or a narrow base. Use the extra wall space your low-profile sofa provides to balance the space with wall decor that starts low and goes high. Great examples are hanging a large-scale art piece or arranging a vertical row of shelves that draws the eye up. You've got the space! 

Storage is another useful feature to add anywhere it can fit. One trend that we're seeing more and more of these days is a dining table with one side chairs and the opposite a bench. Why not make it a bench with storage? Try using a vintage trunk as a cool coffee table, you can put all sorts of things inside!

Go big with your rug. Use a rug that extends beyond the furniture in each functional space. For example, in a living area, a rug that sits under the sofa, coffee table and additional seating will draw the eye wider and make that living space appear bigger. On the other hand, a smaller rug sized just a bit larger than the coffee table can feel more like a bath mat, causing the living space to read as its limited size.

Create a focal point. Take advantage of your living room’s size to easily create a design feature. Specifically, choose one aspect of the room to highlight with something visually interesting. A terrific example is to design a feature wall behind a sofa with color, texture or wall decor. Use a wall covering such as grass cloth, feature a mural or place different framed artwork and mirrors on a brightly colored wall. Express yourself, don’t repress yourself! Include stylish features that represent you - don't let the furniture take over the personality of the room.