Creating an Open Space With the Right Furniture
What’s the latest fashion forward trend in upscale interiors? Open concept—rooms without walls that create a fluidity of movement and clear sight lines across key areas of a home. To create an open concept, start with the just the right large pieces. Then add accents of color, texture, and style to turn a space from bland to wow!
A professional interior designer can help you choose the perfect mix of furniture, accessories, wall color and flooring to make your open concept interior one that will get rave reviews. Choose furnishings according to the size and scale of your room, how you plan to use the space, and the placement of windows, doors, walls and openings.
Small living rooms require fewer furnishings so make them count. For rooms measuring less than 12’x12,’ choose no more than three large pieces: a loveseat or sofa to anchor the space, and two upholstered chairs. Think in terms of entertaining and seating guests. In a small room, you can seat five to six people comfortably on a couple of chairs and a divan. More than six and you will need to add extra seating in adjacent rooms—that’s where open concept comes in. For more seating options, include three to four barstools stationed at your kitchen island. Barstools encourage conversation and provide dining options. Other seating options include an ottoman on wheels that can move around the room where it’s needed. Larger rooms allow for more furnishings but because the area is open, you will want to group large pieces together to make the space more functional.
Trust a Pro to Help Define Your Personal Style
A professional interior designer from John William Interiors can “see” what you can’t see and help steer you in the right direction when it comes to interior decoration. The style of fine furniture should reflect your personal taste. Fond of modern? Then carry out a modern theme with clean lines and sharper, edgy geometric shapes. Choose sleek chairs upholstered in metallic leather and chrome accents with a twenty-first century interpretation of a 70s shag rug. In a larger room, a streamlined sectional placed on the diagonal creates a cozy conversation area and helps shorten a longer wall. Traditionalists can create an open space by placing traditional pieces like a tall armoire or secretary’s desk along walls to help anchor the room, but leaving lots of unobstructed floor space at entryways to welcome family and friends into the room. For a touch of drama, place a Persian rug with vivid hues and patterns beneath an intimate grouping of four wingback Queen Anne chairs centered in the room. Leave space around the chairs to create a flow of traffic and conversation.
Expert interior decoration involves creating an open space with the right furnishings to enhance conversation and other activities through color, form and function. Furniture placement creates opportunities for family and friends to interact or engage in an intimate exchange. Use color to give guests a subtle clue as to where activities in a room are confined. A grouping of navy blue wingback chairs encourages intimate conversation or board games, a red leather sectional adds excitement and extra seating to a game room, while a brightly colored ottoman guides tots or teens to a specific area of the den or family room.