Open Concept Home

Ultimate Guide to Designing an Open Concept Home

Designing and decorating an open concept home may be something that you’re just scratching your head about. Sure, there are more than enough pictures online such as Pinterest that provide design ideas for open concept homes, but the idea of going about it can be a bit daunting. Open concept home designs have become very common the last few years, whether it’s for new builds or a home renovation project. This open and airy space can be a great way to keep a space feeling up to date.  

So, what are some open-concept home decorating ideas? In this post, you’ll get to learn all about it and how you can get the open concept home interior design just right for your space.

Open concept home via Paul Dyer/Elle Decor

How Do You Decorate an Open Concept Space?

When it comes to design ideas for open concept homes your options are going to be limitless. While yes, there are rules to interior design, at the end, when it comes to decorating a space, it’s going to be about what you want and your lifestyle.  Let’s dive into some tips that I use to help make decorating an open concept home design a bit more seamless.

Green, Blue and Grey color scheme in living room by First Impressions

Use a Monochromatic Color Scheme

If you want to go with a safer option for some design ideas for open concept homes, then decorating the space with a monochromatic color scheme can be your best option. This is going to be one of the easiest options for an open concept home. With this, you will want to choose a paint color you just love! Then you will need to add analogous colors with similar tones and shades throughout the space. But of course, you can’t neglect patterns either! But even with this scheme, you’re still going to want to try to nicely pair up the color of your choosing with something else such as an accent color and texture. This alone will allow your space to bring out more interest and depth. A great example would be a monochromatic scheme, but then add some hints of rich color, such as blue, one of my favorites.

Open concept space by First Impressions

Use Area Rugs to Define Spaces

A great way to help you define your space and create separations would be with an area rug. Since open concept home layouts tend to not have any natural divisions such as doors or walls, the area rug can be used to create it. For instance, you can place a rug in an area in the room where you’re interested in having specific furniture, or a specific space, such as a dining room. While yes, you can use furniture to create the separation, having an area rug will drastically help define this area and allow it to become two separate rooms.

Dining and living area in open concept home by First Impressions

Use Furniture to Create Separations and Conservations Areas

In an open concept house, all of the same decorating rules apply. Move furniture away from the walls and create seating and conversation areas. You can also use large items like bookcases and screens to break up long walls and define spaces.

It sounds like an odd suggestion, right? Well, this can actually be quite powerful! When you’re decorating an open home concept, you should always strive to create ease of movement. There needs to be a comfortable clearance. While there does need to be an anchor, there still needs to be a balance within the space that allows the airiness to continue. 

So, how can this be done? You should first start by utilizing furniture that’s high off the ground and allow the legs to show. Then, look into adding large pieces of art to the walls (such as floor-to-ceiling art), which will to help bring some visual weight, plus it gives the opportunity for added drama and focal points.

Reclaimed wood added to tray ceiling for room definition by First Impressions

Add Architectural Details

Do you have architectural details within your space? This can include taller crown moldings and trim details such as wood paneling on fireplace surrounds. While many newly built homes lack these features, the installation is a breeze. This can include installing wainscoting for the dining area or wood trim details on accent walls. This definition within the walls will help differentiate the space’s function from the adjoining areas and create focal points. Even if the walls are the exact same color, these architectural details can still be that defining key for separation without the need for walls.

Drapery panels installed to add height in room by First Impressions

Add Tall Drapery Panels

While draperies are used mainly for window treatments, they deserve so much more praise than just that. Stationary drapery panels can be a great way to help divide up the space too. If you need that wall or door, then curtains can easily allow this temporary wall to appear or disappear. They also help enlarge the space visually by adding height to a room and give drama to walls that need contrast.  Drapery fabric can be plain for a monochromatic look or a pattern for drama and focal point.

Wrapping Up

So, is the open concept going out of style? Absolutely not! People are tired of the restrictions of the old home layout. The airiness allows the space to feel bigger and it aids in creating a seamless transition to the outdoors as well. If you’re decorating an open concept home, just know that you have limitless opportunities to create the space of your dreams! Reach out to me for help with a design consultation to help you achieve your design goals.

Julie First Impressions by Julie Wagner, LLC
Chapel Hill, NC
(919) 578-7313

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