Decorating an Open Floor Plan? (6 Ways to make it great!)

I love how open floor plans can create that feeling of space and for make it easy  to be together. But are you finding it challenging to decorate that open floor plan to make it coordinated and inviting?

Then use my favorite ways to beautifully decorating rooms without walls!

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1. PLAN YOUR SPACE
The best designed spaces always start with functionality first. So decide what smaller, functional spaces you need within the larger space. And then how much floor space do you want to allocate to them.

For instance, do you need a mini office worked in like the room above? Or need a potted plant garden area by a window? Or maybe you only want one dining area at the island and no kitchen table so you can have a larger seating area?

Let your lifestyle lead your decorating plans!

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-HGTV

2. COLOR COORDINATE
Choose two or three favorite neutrals or colors as accents and one main neutral to use throughout. Your neutral will create the overall backdrop pulling the rooms together, like this pale gray wall color does. The darker accent neutrals (black and brown furnishings and accessories and the medium gray countertop), catch the eye leading it through each zone.  The overall effect makes for a coordinated looking open flor plan.

Get creative with your accents and show them off in your trim, artwork, accessories, fabrics, and area rugs. And even on an accent wall like around the fireplace or on a back wall for open shelving and bookcases.

Keep in mind too that this is a big space to decorate so it can take a little bolder color use than a single, smaller  room can.

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3. ARRANGEMENT SYMMETRYAny easy way to arrange an open floor plan is to use major furnishings to create a balanced look.  So think symmetry and pairs. Like centering your dining table with the island on one side and the sofa (or pair of facing sofas) on the other. They are all centered in a  line as you look through the room. You can then bring variety in the smaller pieces like accent tables, artwork and accessories.

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4. AREA RUG ZONE
This will be a major anchor in your open living room floor plan by grounding and defining the main conversation area. It will turn a seemingly cavernous space into a warmer, cozy place you’ll enjoy living in.  Plus, it will just naturally will guide foot traffic.

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5. SPACE DIVIDERS
If a totally open concept plan is, well, too open for you, try creating visual dividers with furnishings to create more defined spaces: A console with table lamps behind a sofa or sectional. Or open shelving/bookcase pieces like these above will do the same thing.

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Your seating area can have a chandelier, lamps, plant up-lights, and an accent light on a big piece of art to brighten it up. And when the overhead lighting is dimmed or turned off the lamp lighting creates individual cozy areas to enjoy.

These ideas on decorating your open floor plan can turn it into a great space you’ll love living in!

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13 Downsizing Designer Tips, (How to love your next home as much as your last!)

These 13 downsizing designer tips will let you love your next home as much as your last. So if you’re an empty-nesters, or semi or newly retired you don’t have to give up the quality and designer touches you’re used to in order to downsize into a simpler home! 

AND none of these tips require major renovations like moving walls. But instead they are all designed to transform your home by updating and upgrading the finishes and fixtures like paint, flooring, window treatment and light fixtures.

Even your kitchen and bathrooms can be transformed this way by painting, re-facing or replacing cabinets, and replacing countertop, tile, sinks, etc, while keeping the layout.

Downsizing done right will give you the designer looks you love, and without the mess, cost and time of a major renovation.

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#1 PAINT UPDATE
– Keep the Walls Light
Light walls (neutral or pastels) will automatically make your rooms feel bigger.

– Paint the Same Color Throughout
Have one fabulous wall color flows from room to room without a color change to break up the spaces and making them look smaller. (The above is a gorgeous neutral that just keeps flowing from small space to small space all the while making them all look larger!)

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#2 FLOORING UPDATE
– Similar Flooring Throughout
Flooring that is the same, or similar in color will make your floor space seem larger by not breaking it up with color changes. (This small kitchen looks so much bigger because visually there’s so much “borrowed” flooring from adjoining areas.)

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#3 WINDOW TREATMENT UPDATE
– Keep It Similar to the Wall Color
Window treatment that is similar to the wall color will make the wall look bigger by not breaking it up with a color change. (I also like how this treatment goes almost to the corner so it doesn’t break up the wall space into part drapery part wall. )

– Hang Them High 
If you want your ceilings to feel higher hang your draperies at the top of the wall like this room.

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#4 LIGHT FIXTURE UPDATE
–  An Instant Improvement
Light fixtures are so noticeable that updating them will add an immediate designer touch to your spaces. (One reason they have become such a popular design element for any room.)

– Adequate Lighting
When your spaces are well-lite, they will not only look bigger but they will feel cheerier.

– Add Dimmer Switches & 3-Way Bulbs
The multiple light levels dimmer switches and 3-Way lamps will give your spaces means you can vary the mood as well as the light for different activities. Dimming for watching TV and conversation or brighter for reading and hobbies.

BONUS:
HOW TO DECORATE SPACES TO LOOK BIGGER!
Maximize your space to make it seem bigger than it is just by decorating!

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#5 COLOR SCHEME
Use a light neutral and/or pastel color scheme for the major surfaces (walls, ceiling, flooring) and for the large furniture or cabinets and vanities.  You can then accent with:

COLOR:         Accessories. art work, plant and flowers.
TEXTURES:   Fluffy towels, woven baskets in bathrooms. In other rooms consider faux fur pillows or rugs, nubby woven ottomans, velvet fabrics or tall sticks in a floor vase.
FINISHES:    Matte or shiny metals, and mirrors, glass, various wood finishes, and glazed or unglazed pottery.

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#6 GALLERY WALLS
Group your art or framed pieces together. They will not only look better but they won’t break-up the wall space by being scattered around the room.

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#7 MIRRORS
Even though we know a mirror create the illusion of space, it still works! (In modern spaces I like over-sized, decorative mirrors with narrow frames, so there’s lots of mirror with little frame to distract from the illusion.)

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#8 FURNITURE WITH LEGS
The more floor space you can see the bigger your room will look so “Leggy” furniture is perfect for this effect.

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#9 SAME COLORED WOOD FURNISHINGS
You can decorate with different kinds of wood furnishings but if you make them all the same color they won’t break up the room with color changes. (Plus you’ll get a more “pulled together” looking space.)

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#10 USE PAIRS
Use pairs wherever you can: lamps, chairs, art, side tables, bedside tables. Your room will feel bigger with coordinated pieces. (The two sets of paired chairs above balance a space with a number of individual pieces.)

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Keep your area rugs small because the more the floor space you see the bigger your room will look. And make them similar in color to the flooring so they won’t break up the flooring with a color change. (It may be small but this rug adds so much to this bedroom… texture, comfort and luxury!)

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#12 COVERED STORAGE
Use furnishings that will also give you covered storage any opportunity you get:  Bedside tables, side tables, entry and dining consoles. (I especially like this one as it gives lots of storage but has legs so we see more floor space!)

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#13 AVOID CLUTTER & FILLERS
The less little things you see in your spaces the more open, airy and bigger your rooms will feel. Likewise, any non-essential “chotchkes” that aren’t your best pieces (that you would use or enjoy the most) are better edited out. (I like this room because the best pieces all stand out: dining room furnishings, chandelier and art work; without a lot of small things vying for the attention.)

Keep these 13 “downsizing designer tips” in mind and you’ll have the home everyone loves… including you!  Read More

New Years Home Improvement (Designer ideas to make your new year bright!)

Once the holiday decorations are down, its amazing how easy it is to see your space with new eyes. How, without all the tinsel and lights it’s seriously hoping for a fresh start in the new year. Besides, this is a great time to get an indoor home improvement project done because you get to enjoy it while you wait for spring, and beyond!

Here are designer ideas that will give your space a face-lift you’ll love:

GIVE YOUR ENTRY A FRESH START
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Paint your entrys ceiling! It’s a grand way to add style without taking up any valuable floor space. Perfect.

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Find a large, showstopper piece of art you love, add a gorgeous chandelier, a floor plant (and a several smaller ones) and your room will come alive.

GIVE YOUR BEDROOM A FRESH STARTBedroom-Accent-Wall-applicationGet fabulous new bed linens, pull out the accent color and paint it on the wall behind the bed. Done and done! Love it.

GIVE YOUR KITCHEN A FRESH START
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Does your kitchen seem like too big a project to even seriously think about re-doing it? But look what can happen by updating it while keeping the same footprint.

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Cabinets were updated with paint and hardware, and an updated countertop, backsplash, range hood, dishwasher, sink, faucet and window blind were added to complete it. Since no walls were knocked out and the room wasn’t gutted no utilities were moved. All that meant a lot less mess, time and expense making a kitchen refresh do-able!

GIVE YOUR OFFICE A FRESH STARTgallery-1508795565-accessoriesAdd new accessories!  This brass lamp, waste basket and paperweight plus a pencil holder and plant make this mini office feel new and fresh. So simple, so classy.

Get inspired and get going on that room you would love to love!

Find out ways we can also help you love your home without doing any major renovations by clicking “Curated Options” and “Collaboration“. Or call Mary for a free 15 minute consultation at 760-84-1200 or by connecting online.

 

 

How to Decorate with Art & Mirrors like a Pro (9 Designer Tips!)

Decorating with mirrors and with art are such hot  interior trends right now that I wanted to share 9 ideas I especially like on ways to do it no matter what your style is!

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Designer Tip #1
Highlight dark walls with a mirror gallery wall

Love to decorate with dark walls but don’t want a dark room? Do a mirror gallery wall! They will be the perfect way to brighten the room but still keep it dramatic.

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Designer Tip #2
Decorate dark walls with an art gallery wall

To decorate dark walls with art gallery wall choose pieces with lots of white or wide white matters so there will be enough contrast to make then dramatic

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Designer Tip #3
How to decorate stairs

Stairway wall art galleries are more challenging but this one is done to perfection. The secret? The bottom row of the art follows the same diagonal line up the wall as the stairs.

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Designer Tip #4
How to decorate with big mirrors

Break a rule right and you’ll have an updated twist on a classic space! Just by “oversizing” a mirror you’ll add instant impact to your room.

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Designer Tip #5
How to hang art in a small room

When you don’t have a lot of floor space to decorate then use an oversized piece of art to do the job!

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Designer Tip #6
Mix up your styles

With styles being so mixed now you have the perfect opportunity to be current no matter what your style is. So if you’re traditional, when the hot trend is modern, you can still design a space with an updated look by adding a vintage modern mirror.

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Designer Tip #7
Add Mirror Personality

Decorating with a mirror in a bathroom is a chance to make a small room look great. Choose a unique mirror and it will become the jewel in the room and give it unforgettable personality.

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Designer Tip #8
How to do a wall gallery collage

This is how to make a wall gallery collage  and not have a mess on the wall when you’re done! The secret? Everything’s arranged into an even shape. So pick a shape, (circle, rectangle, or a square) and start working all your pieces together (like a puzzle) until you get  the best fit. It doesn’t have to be perfect but the closer you get to an even shape the better your wall gallery collage will look!

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Designer Tip #9
Be Bold and Be Done!

Decorate an entryway with a bold mirror and you’re almost done!  Just add an area rug, (KIP: link to my blog on area rugs) a floor accessory (or floor plant) and viola, your space is simply fabulous!
BONUS: This bold mirror treatment will make a small space bigger instantly.

GETTING STARTED
Just keep my 9 designer tips in mind and you’ll be on your way to hanging your art and mirrors in style!

If you would like to have my personal design help find out more here.  (Link to my website) I’ll use the same design expertise in your space as I’ve done in rooms featured on HGTV, so your space can perfectly reflect your style!
-Mary

BONUS! For more of my Designer Tips blogs click here.

Find out ways we can also help you love your home without doing any major renovations by clicking “Curated Options” and “Collaboration“. Or call Mary for a free 15 minute consultation at 760-84-1200 or by connecting online.