Open-concept kitchens, living rooms, and dining rooms are inviting and modern, and they make efficient use of space and light. On the other hand, these spaces can be unexpectedly difficult to decorate due to their lack of defined limits and an unrestricted view through the area. One of the most important things about working with these spaces is to create zones.  The space should be both functional and visually appealing so creating zones dedicated to the kitchen, dining room, living room, and lounging areas is essential. A rug beneath the sofa and a floor lamp or table lamps beside the sofa will help to define the living area. Then, if possible, use the same flooring in the kitchen, living room, and dining room to create a sense of continuity. Some great ways to do this are by staying consistent with the color palette, sticking to the same style of furniture, and ensuring proper furniture placement.

Despite the fact that the kitchen, living, and dining spaces are now part of one continuous space rather than separate rooms, people frequently use the same color schemes as they did in their previous home. As a result, the new area may feel crowded and unwelcoming, and the decor may clash. Instead of trying to recreate the aesthetic of your prior home in your new open-plan one, take a fresh look at the new space. Start by painting the walls in the living, kitchen, and dining spaces a neutral hue to provide a firm foundation and a sense of fluidity between the zones. Then, for the finishes and furnishings in the three spaces, add one or two supplemental colors in various strengths and tones.

Mismatched furniture and decor pieces can easily overcomplicate an open-plan area, making it appear cluttered. The many elements in an open-plan room must  coordinate with one another as if they were members of the same family, without being too matchy-matchy or forced. Select a style that you love and will function well in your open-plan environment.  Choose furniture and accessories that are diverse in color and substance yet visually speak to one another (such as different shades of the same color).

In open-plan environments, poorly placed furniture is a common mistake.  The problem boils down to design principles. The decorating rules for an open-plan space differ from those for solitary or closed-off spaces. It is good to be flexible when it comes to the positioning of your sofa (which is usually the major piece of furniture in an open-plan living space). Try putting it in the center of the room, where there will be no wall behind it. Instead of the usual three-piece setting, consider having two sofas opposite each other or one sofa and one or two armchairs. If you're on the market for a new sofa, look for one with a low back so you can see straight through the room.

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