I've been working with some clients on their open floor plan home. Having the kitchen/dining/living room open to each other is very popular but it does create some challenges. You have to think strategically about the choices you make because the pieces are all within the same eye line. There's ecclectic--and then there's crazy.
They are blessed with amount of space so that means the one sofa featured in the first picture is really 2, placed at a right angle. And the daybed goes in front of the beautiful large window to add some extra seating without blocking the view. There's a large dining table with 8 chairs already in place. We were left with a tricky little space that could be used as a home office or a game table for the kids. I think we're going to do an additional seating area instead with two smaller scale chairs, an etagere for some height and a rug to define the space.
Rugs are extra important in an open floor plan. They help create zones to define the space. The living area, in particular, features an allover pattern that will be forgiving and provide a balance to all the large solid upholstery pieces. The secret is to buy the right size. It's tempting to save a few dollars and buy the smaller rug but you will regret it once it's placed in the room!
Christine Schwalm is an Interior Designer and Visual Merchandiser based in Los Angeles. This space will keep you updated on what's going on with CSD along with some ideas to inspire you. Go here for more information about pricing and services and here to make an appointment.