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3 Tips for Decorating an Open Concept Floor Plan

Open concept floor plans are everywhere. Newly built homes incorporate them and older homes are knocking down walls to achieve them. They are convenient when entertaining and make a home feel so spacious. However, this can be a dilemma when decorating. Spacious areas can feel cold and be hard to decorate. The good news is that these problems can be fixed. We narrowed down our top 3 design tips we use when decorating an open concept space and are excited to share!

#1. Create More Zones

Open concept floor plans accommodate many different functions from eating, cooking, living, entertaining, working and studying. This means there are so many different furniture arrangements that could be used. Our top design tip is to create multiple conversation zones to accommodate multiple functions. Besides the main seating areas, try to add unexpected conversation zones in empty corners or along blank walls with furniture. Despite what many people think, adding more furniture zones won't create more clutter, instead it will feel more intentional. Also, a bonus to this is that multiple zones will help your home easily accommodate more people by providing more seating for different functions in each zone.

#2. Use the Same Colors

Choose a color scheme that can flow easily throughout the entire open concept floor plan. Neutrals definitely work best but other colors can be used if they flow seamlessly from one zone to another. For example: don’t try and use a different color in each zone. Instead, keep it cohesive and use similar colors throughout the zones. Be sure to incorporate different textures in all the colors to keep it interesting and cozy.

#3. Power in Groups

Once you create your zones, make them distinctive. Do this by grouping items together. Use large rugs to visually separate your biggest groups. The next tip is to layer, layer, layer! Add a table, add a lamp, add wall decor and whatever else you want to create a grouping of items that all connect together for large and small groups. One of our favorite tips is to use different ceiling lights in each zone. A chandelier over the main living area will make that area distinct and help group everything together. Try pendants or wall sconces in small conversation zones to help visually group. When items aren’t grouped together, open concept floor plans can look like a store where items are spaciously floating around with no real connection to everything around them.

If you need more help with your open concept floor plan, our designers are experts at creating a space that feels cozy, intentional and stunning!

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