• Kirstin Adolfson

How to Nail Open Plan Living

Do you have an open plan home but you’re having a hard time styling it in a seamless way? Open plan living areas can be hard to decorate, but if they are done correctly they can be inviting places for family and guests to enjoy. So, how do you go about creating a fluid but defined space in an open planned space? Let’s talk about it!

If you are dealing with an office or living room vs. something like a kitchen or entryway, the use of a large rug can separate out the two spaces. Putting a rug underneath a group of furniture can zone out the space and make it clear that it’s a separate area. Overhead lighting can also be used to define spaces and are often used in dining rooms. While you can use décor and furniture to separate spaces, make sure there is a clear walkway between different areas so it does not jumble together and look cluttered.


Open floor plans have no problem feeling inviting, but it can be a trickier task to make them feel intimate and cozy. A great trick for this is to have ambient lighting. You can achieve this type of lighting with lamps, sconces or lighting that can be dimmed. Once you have the lighting down, it’s all about how you choose to decorate the space. If you are looking for a cozier feel, don’t neglect the walls and try creating smaller spaces within your larger space.

The type of furniture you choose for your open space is important. For any floorplan, scale is important, but especially in an open space floor plan. If you have a large area to fill, make sure that your furniture is large as well. If you are working with a smaller space, try to stay minimal. Also, avoid pushing any furniture against the wall with an open floor plan.



I often get asked if an open floor plan needs to have the same textures and patterns throughout. You can certainly do this if you are more attracted to things that match, but you don’t have to. As long as the colors and patterns work together rather than clash, you can definitely use different materials throughout your home. Going this route can actually make it easier to define different spaces.

Are you ready to start searching for an interior designer? I would love to help on your next project! Call me today at (651) 468-6208 or email kirstin.h@comcast.net and let’s plan a time for a consultation.

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