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The Open Floor Plan – Transitioning a Kitchen and Dining Room to Blend Well

The Open Floor Plan - Transitioning a Kitchen and Dining Room to Blend WellWith so many homes featuring an open floor plan today, figuring out how to transition your living space becomes an essential part of creating attractive, functional rooms. In particular, blending a kitchen that freely opens into the dining room without any wall barriers can be a tricky process.

delia kitchenChoosing the Breakfast Bar | The style of breakfast bar you choose often determines how it will be used. Ideally, the bar should offer usability for each room. Plus, it will serve as a divider between the two living spaces.

Blending with the Dining Room | Tying the presence of the breakfast bar with the dining room is as simple as asking your interior designer to assist you in selecting tall chairs that go with the furnishings in that room. You’ll want to stick with the same style, such as traditional or modern, and select colors that are complimentary with the décor in the dining room itself.

Coordinating with the Kitchen | Many built-in breakfast bars are designed to offer two individual heights – one for the kitchen side of it and the other height for the dining room side. Typically, the kitchen side is lower and used for work space. As a result, you don’t need to place any chairs here. Your interior designer might have some ideas regarding the color and style of tile for this work surface. The goal is to match it to the kitchen’s décor.

Blending the Kitchen and Dining Room in an Open Floor Plan | Ideally, your cabinetry, bar stools/chairs, and the base of the breakfast bar will match in coloring and type of materials used. This strategy creates a visual transition that ties the two rooms together while also being easy on the eyes. Another strategy that you can use is to choose accessories, countertop appliances, and wall décor that have similar patterns or colors so that you create a flow from one area of the room to another as well as into the adjoining area. Be sure to ask your interior designer for tips on additional ways to tie the two rooms together.

Written by Virginia Liberato | (908) 665-7997 ext.20 | Send Virgina an Email

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Choosing Your Flooring When the Dining Room Connects to the Living Room

Choosing Your Flooring When the Dining Room Connects to the Living RoomAlthough people often have varying viewpoints when it comes to choosing the type of flooring for each of two rooms that are connected, most of these individuals agree that the task can be a daunting one. Fortunately, the training received by interior designers provides a firm basis from which to build upon when choosing flooring for a dining room that connects to a living room. Naturally, the goal is to create a seamless transition despite the fact that you are working with two separate areas of the house.

Identify a Common Aspect | In order to come up with a unified appearance that is so natural you are barely aware of it, you should create at least one aspect that is found in each room. It might be a color, type of wood, crown molding, or some other detail that you can reflect in your flooring choice.

Select Identical Flooring for Both Rooms | One of the most effective ways of creating a seamless transition between two connected rooms is to choose the same type of flooring for both. Doing so avoids the visual interruption created by using two different materials. One of the added benefits of using identical flooring in two connected spaces is that it provides the illusion of making the area appear larger.

Opt for Similar Coloring Rather Than Materials | If you prefer to have soft carpeting in one room and natural wood in the other, you can still maintain a sense of uniformity by choosing similar colors. The darker the colors are that you choose, the greater the sense of warmth that you create will be. Choosing lighter colors adds brightness to smaller spaces or areas that receive little to no sunshine.

Creating a sense of distinction from one room over the other is easily accomplished by adding a few area rugs in complimentary hues. The rugs will blend in with the overall color theme, while providing an attractive focal point. The idea is to maintain a sense of continuity while also infusing unique touches that make the room’s appearance stand out.

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