Many older homes had separate rooms until iconic architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs promoted the idea that one room flow into the next. Decorating these large spaces is challenging, but you can do it by learning a few simple design techniques.
One key to successfully decorating an open kitchen-living room floor plan is to visually unite the two areas with color. That doesn’t mean you have to paint all the walls the same color, but work within one color palette so that you are using colors that complement each other. For example, if you are going for a Tuscan feel, work with earth tones, perhaps painting the kitchen sage green and the living room a burnished gold. Highlight both rooms with accessories that echo those colors as well as some in rich hues for accents that pop.
Floors, cabinets and countertop choices also unite the rooms with color. Keep the same type of floor throughout the space rather than breaking it up with two different coverings. If that isn’t possible, be sure both areas have flooring that is close to the same color. Choose kitchen cupboards that complement the living room’s window trim and moldings, and be sure you countertop is in the same color palette.
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