3 Tips for Furnishing an Open Floor Plan

 
 

Furnishing an open floor plan can be tricky because the space can feel vast and it can be confusing as to where you should place furniture.  The goal is to create a harmonious space that still gives a little definition to each room.  Here are a few tricks we find helpful:

Area Rugs

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Open floor plans often have hard surface flooring throughout the whole space. We love this but it can make the area feel a bit cold and echoey—not so great if you have a bunch of little ones running around playing cowboys!  

Adding a large, textured area rug will not only warm up the space, but as you can see in these photos, it makes the seating area more inviting. If you’re on a budget, you can check out the local hardware store.  They usually have options to cut a carpet to size and finish the edges for a fraction of the cost of pre-made rugs at fancier stores. 

 
 

Define Each Space

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It might seem odd to put a chair in the middle of the room.  With an open floor plan, it’s important to define the different areas of the space. In this home, the kitchen area was already defined by this beautiful island, so we brought a bit of clarity to this living area with a few great tricks. 

First, we pulled the furniture away from the wall, “floating” it, to create a more intimate space. Secondly, we put a chair right in the middle of the room.  This may seem odd but it defined a corner and connects the “rectangle” used to make the living room its own area.  By placing all the furniture legs on the edge of the rug, we were able to create further definition of living space. Accessories

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Not only are accessories the life and personality of the room, but they also serve to unite spaces in an open floor plan! For example, in this home we chose a beautiful woven basket for the coffee table and then we repeated this detail by placing a woven tray in the same design in the kitchen. 

Another thing that we love is how accessories can create balance. This room has a lot of hard edges, so we brought in curved, rounded pieces, various textures, and shapes that brought softness to this modern space.

An open concept room is one of our favorite features in a home. With a little thought, you can turn it into a space you and your whole family will love to gather in. 

We hope these tips inspire you to create a cohesive and defined open floor plan! Check out more of our design tips here!