Abode · Interior

First Floor Open Plan

Today, I want to share with you the importance of designing an open plan so that the elements and colors work together. Here is a recent project by LivingLovelier.fullsizeoutput_1929

Last week I wrote a post about a Feature Wall and its dramatic impact on a room.

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Remember this?

One of the points that I shared is the importance of marrying all the elements of a room.  In this post, I will share the other half of the room in my earlier post.

An open floor plan can be a cohesive, functioning, flowing concept or it can be a disaster.  Consistency is key.  Look how the above works with the rest of the room!

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What does that mean, exactly?  Well, to be extreme, think of the difference between a college dorm room (translation: FREE STUFF, old stuff, hand me downs, disposable, unmatched, etc.) THEN think, ummm, well, in the spirit of extremes, a furniture store floor model.

So, so different.

The former has the potential to be a cluttered, mismatched, mess.  The latter, cookie cutter boring and predictable.

So, how do we avoid each?
Neutrals keep your color base a neutral palette that all works (Translation)- choose one base – gray, beige, white, etc

Add a pop of color here? Plum!

Mix your elements but keep in the same tones. For example, here we have grey velvet and silk sheers with silver/ chrome abstract art. It works.  If we paired the same drapes with a polished brass piece? Disaster with a capital D.

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The stools. OH, THE STOOLS! Leather PURPLE with a chrome pedestal stand- LOVE- paired with the paint (below the chair rail) “Shadow” by Ben Moore.

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The glass table with chrome base and trim works perfectly with the art, drapes, grey linen sofa and accents.  And one of my favorite elements is the custom zebra bench ! I need smelling salts when I look at this- STUNNING, Funning and Fab!

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My tagline is “Sparkle On, Friends” for a reason.  Have a look at the pillows: Glamorous and sparkly.

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Finally, I believe that every successful design has an element of nature: a plant, fresh flowers, something made from stone, feathers, etc.  Here, look at the custom-made, one-of-a-kind wood bar.  It is stunning and was created by a local artist.

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Great design requires the ability to extend beyond your comfort zone. And sometimes it takes gumption, too!

What is your next project? How can I help?

 

Sparkle on Friends!

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