Open plan décor and accessory tips

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28 Jan 2013

Open plan living spaces are becoming increasingly popular for townhouse and apartment living. However, homeowners often struggle to find décor for these living spaces while trying to separate one room into two, so Marie Burgos Design offers a few tips.

Natural wood floorings, numerous light sources, clean lines, a combination of straight and curvy shapes and vibrant colours can give a large space some striking appeal.

A mixture of wood tones and stainless steel creates a modern look with a warm feel. If the kitchen opens onto the dining room and a casual sitting area, a kitchen island can define the space.

Tip: You can choose to incorporate Feng Shui principles, the five natural elements and the concept of yin and yang to create a lay out that would bring in the perfect energy flow.

Natural wood floorings, numerous light sources, clean lines, a combination of straight and curvy shapes, vibrant colours, metal, white and glass pieces and modern art pieces create a gallery which can give a space striking appeal.

With the exception of bedrooms and bathrooms, most open-plan living spaces are in the kitchen, dining and lounge space. You can create the illusion of privacy by putting up a few screen dividers or make room dividers.

By keeping the dining room furniture and upholstered pieces in the same style you can create a natural flow and balance even though each particular space is clearly defined.

High-impact artwork mounted above the flat-screen TV draws the eye up, lessening the importance of the TV and emphasising the artwork.

White, silver and glass make good base elements, while blue and lavender are complimentary colours.

A sofa makes a good centre stage while bordering it with a lamp on either side can introduce another architectural dimension and accentuate the grandeur of the space.

What accessories to use

Cushions in a plain chenille fabric in muted jewel tones and neutrals add a splash of colour without overpowering a neutral backdrop. You can find affordable cushions at home décor stores and there's always an option to make your own cushions for less.

A contemporary coffee table is easy to take on as a DIY project. For finishing, take a look at the Rust-Oleum range of 2X gloss and satin sprays for the top and shelf, and Rust-Oleum Universal Metallics for the legs. You can find Rust-Oleum on the shelf at your local Builders Warehouse.

With the exception of bedrooms and bathrooms, most open-plan living spaces are in the kitchen, dining and lounge space. You can create the illusion of privacy by putting up a few screen dividers or make room dividers.

High-impact artwork mounted above the flat-screen TV draws the eye up, lessening the importance of the TV and emphasising the artwork, and it can be admired from every angle of the room.

See the range of Easy Tint window films at your local Builders Warehouse. Priced from R450, you can choose from frosted, charcoal and reflective window films that are easy to apply. 

Mimic the look of steel or aluminium with Rust-Oleum's Specialty Stainless Steel,which is great for refinishing the exterior of appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers and accessories.

Tile a backsplash with brushed stainless steel mosaic tile. Mosaic tiles are fairly simple to install if you take the time to prepare in advance.

A brushed stainless steel finish is easier to maintain than a glossy finish and will not show scratches as easily.

Article courtesy of www.home-dzine.co.za

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