Hello , everyone .
Welcome back to the Awkward Space Solution series .
I'm Julie and you are joining me on the very last episode of this first round up .
I save the best for last and we are talking about open concept floor plans .
If you have an open concept plan that you find awkward and you just can't figure out this video is for you .
Your comments came pouring through when it came to designing your open concept floor plan .
You found it awkward to place furniture to pick furniture , to get the flow just right to figure out the wall colors , the color palette , the lighting , the finishes , for some reason , an open floor plan paralyzes you in a way that sectioned off interior rooms don't in today's video , I'll be sharing my top interior design tips on how to effectively design an open concept floor plan .
So you maximize space and fit in all of your furniture needs .
We all want more space in our homes .
The benefit to an open concept space is that you get to see the entire home at a glance , more light filters through it can reach all parts of your space .
It's really great for families and entertaining .
I'm attracted to open concept floor plans because it really suits my lifestyle and needs .
I love how spacious open layouts feel , but I understand that designing an open concept home can be tricky , especially without any walls to help you to find where all your furniture goes .
You're often afraid of getting the layout wrong and some of you feel like you're not maximizing space when it comes to the layout , whether you have a small studio or a large expansive home .
Follow my step by step guide on how to help you plan and design your awkward open plan layout with ease .
Here are my eight key rules for designing open concept floor plans .
Step one , determine the function .
This first step to interior design is an absolute constant and I also find it the most difficult to discern in a space .
It's difficult because it forces you to sit down and list everything you wish to do in a space .
But once you figure this out , I promise the rest comes super easy .
Once you've determined the function of the space , it's time to define the zones , you might love the open space , but you still want smaller , more intimate spaces for conversation and specific isolated functions .
It's great to keep certain areas open for larger gatherings in the living room , but also think about creating little nooks like a reading corner or a small desk area for that much needed .
Me time , an open plan does not mean one plan .
Clearly , you need different zones to define the different functions that you need for that space .
Think soft upholstery in the lounge area and sturdier , easier to clean performance , fabric materials in the kitchen and dining area .
If you have one giant area that might be too much space for you to deal with .
Consider doubling up on dining areas , one space for the adults and another for the kids or even lay out multiple living plus lounge areas for different family members and their key functions .
It's a great idea if you have kids of different ages , that don't necessarily want to hang out with each other and share space sofas should typically be relegated to the living area .
But if you're short on space in the dining room , consider anchoring one wall with a set , a bench or a longer sofa .
It's great for long narrow open plan concepts where you don't have enough room to arrange chairs all around the table .
Speaking of pushing sofas right against the walls , I really only recommend this for small spaces that leads me to my next step .
Float furniture in space .
A common mistake that most people make in open concept .
Floor plans is thinking that they need to push all of their large pieces of furniture against the walls to make the space seem larger .
It might be true for the main sofa , but you want to float the furniture like accent chairs , a console , a sideboard or even a low day bed in space to help define your different zones .
I know it's been a minute but we all remember what it was like to have those family gatherings in our home .
Nobody wants to yell across the room to hear another person speak .
So make sure that you define the zones , float the furniture and create smaller , more intimate gathering spaces for conversation .
These large parties always break into smaller conversations anyways .
So keep seating arrangements close and more conducive to little groups .
Step four , consider the flow of traffic .
One of the biggest mistakes that you can make when designing your open concept .
Floor plan is not considering the traffic flow between each area .
This basically means how you move from one space to the next .
You hear me talking about clearances for passageways , aisles and walkways all of the time .
It's usually a minimum 3 ft , 36 inches .
It could also go up to 42 inches depending on the amount of egress you need in that space .
How do you account for the flow of traffic , determine typical walkways between each space first , then lay out furniture .
So you don't disrupt or block the flow .
How do you do this ?
Dining chairs need to be able to scoot out from the table 36 inches or 3 ft without hitting a wall or other furniture ?
If there's a walkway behind that 36 inches give the path an additional 36 inches .
So people can walk back and forth without disrupting the diner .
Living areas are a little bit different because the furniture is stationary .
You don't imagine moving a big old sofa or a sectional .
So the furniture never moves .
But the people that move around , it need to flow back and forth easily .
In this case , you want enough space to walk around the furniture with ease , taking into consideration the doors , the passages and the hallways behind the furniture .
I get an insane amount of comments when it comes to helping you design your living room space , you have all of these passages , all of these doorways , all of these walkways and you don't know how to figure out your furniture layout .
It's really simple .
All you need to do is subtract a minimum 3 ft so people can walk back and forth .
Then the space you have left over is the furthest your furniture can go .
Make sure you leave enough floor space to move freely .
So your daily activities and the hustle and bustle of life is not disrupted .
Step five is to keep the flooring consistent , not being consistent with your flooring is a huge mistake when it comes to designing your open concept floor plan .
When the flooring changes from space to space , it feels fragmented , disjointed and cuts the room off .
If there are natural breaks from kitchen to great room with built in cabinets or a ceiling socket or even furred out walls like these transitioning to another type of flooring can make sense for areas with no architectural details to support it .
It's best to specify a material that you can maintain from space to space for a cohesive look and feel , specify a single flooring type to connect all of the rooms .
This also expands the visual surface of the space and makes it appear even larger area .
Roads can then be used to clearly define each zone .
You can have one under the living room , furniture , one under the dining space and maybe even another to anchor the entry area .
Choose something bold to contrast with the flooring and furnishings or something in the same tonal colors for just a hint of difference .
Step six is to avoid matchy , matchy furniture .
An open concept space does not need to be this matchy matchy experience where the living room furniture looks the same as the dining room , which looks the same as the barstools in the kitchen , you want to add as much variety as possible .
So each space feels like its own zone .
This includes furniture with different shapes , different heights , different arm styles and different frame materials and upholstery fabrics .
The space should feel like you collected it over time .
Instead of purchasing everything in one fell swoop from a page of your favorite home catalog , mix up the fabrics and texture of your furniture , try open back dining chairs , mixed in with fully upholstered barstools .
You can have two of the same sofas or love seats in the living space .
But think about breaking up the monotony with a pair of accent chairs in a completely different shape and vibe .
That's how you create a dynamic open concept floor plan that doesn't feel so one note , one color , all white .
I mean , you get the idea unless that's your design intent , of course , mixing and matching furniture in your open concept .
Floor plan is one of the easiest ways to personalize your space and make can feel more dynamic and unique .
Even though you can see from the living , dining and kitchen , you want to create the illusion of different zones .
The best way is to use contrasting colors and textures that aren't too similar to one another and all serve a different yet very specific purpose .
Step seven is to layer your lighting .
Lighting is essential to the success of every room in your home .
Layers of light refers to light sources hitting different surface areas from top to bottom .
Lighting helps to define zones within an open space .
So pay attention to what bad lighting looks like .
Hey everyone .
Welcome back to my channel .
My name is Kristen and today I'm gonna be sharing with you 10 decorating tips to make your home look more luxurious and expensive .
I just finished up an apartment makeover for my friend and his one request was make my home look expensive .
And I think there's so many amazing , easy ways to accomplish that without breaking the bank .
So I'm sharing some of my designer tips with you today so that you can achieve that same look in your home .
If you enjoy watching and find this video helpful , make sure give it a big thumbs up and that like button .
And I want to give a huge thank you to Walmart for sponsoring today's video .
Let's go ahead and jump right into it .
Let's talk about window treatments because everyone has windows in their home , large or small and window treatments can make or break your space .
They can also be the thing that adds a luxurious touch and feel to a space instantly .
So one thing that I think you should consider doing to add this lux feeling in your space is actually layering window treatments using more than one type of window treatment on one single window .
You'll notice this done all the time in high end hotel design and high end residential design .
As soon as you hang your drapes high and wide from your window , your space is going to look large and tall and it's going to frame out your window really nicely and add this soft luxurious touch , but you may not want to be opening and closing your curtains every day for privacy .
So having this second treatment , that's actually the more functional treatment on your window is to work wonders .
So these two different window treatments serve two different purposes , functionality and style .
So you can layer your curtains with Roman shades , roller blinds , wood blinds , you could even layer them with a sheer drapes so that you have light filtering and privacy as well as maybe a blackout feature with a curtain .
I've done this in my living room because these windows are used every single day .
And I wanted functionality and design to be considered I layered a light colored roller shade so that we can privacy but also light diffusion in here as well as heavy drapes that are hung really high to frame out the windows .
If I just had the roller shades , it would look a little bit bare .
So layering , the two really helps to create this luxe soft look .
Now , one rug type that you'll notice in almost every high end design , large or small is a good runner .
Runners are very overlooked and I think they make such an impact to small spaces like hallways , kitchens , bathrooms and entryways .
Runners are an absolute must I get a lot of my gorgeous runners from Walmart because they have some of my favorite brands at such a great price .
How cute are these three runners ?
I already know they're going to look great in the house .
I also got my favorite carpet tape from Walmart .
This is my favorite .
Go to tape .
I use it in every single makeover .
Shopping at Walmart is so easy .
I love that you can just shop online and get everything delivered to your door .
They actually have some of my favorite brands , Sava as well as Leo Rugs , which are my go to vintage style inspired rugs .
This is such a pretty rug .
It's the Leo Winter printed rug in a 2.5 by 9.5 length .
I love the color and the pattern on this .
If you're going for a transitional design or vintage inspired design , Le Loy rugs like this are such a great price for the look that you're getting .
So you get this authentic style in more of a modern durable way .
This is super low profile .
So it's great for a hallway like this .
But if you're looking for an extremely soft cozy rug , you need to check out this rug .
I think I might get it even in a larger size for my family room because it's so soft .
This is Leo's cloud pile technology .
It's the softest rug I've ever felt .
And this is the Margot antique sage color .
It's such a great rug .
I highly recommend it .
And lastly , I got this gorgeous jute rug .
I love the mix of the jute fiber color as well as the cream ivory .
No matter where you put a rug down , make sure it's adhered to the floor .
So it's not a tripping hazard and it stays exactly where it should be .
I use this carpet tape every time I lay down a rug , it sticks to the bottom of your rug and the floor .
So it really holds everything in place .
I've even used this on outdoor rugs , so I typically just tape down the corners and everything stays in place really .
I like to start with some kind of base which is usually stacked books or a something large and wide that's going to hold your stacking arrangement .
You can then layer on top a candle and then maybe also have something on the side which could be beads , it could be your candle whit cutter .
It could be a little canister of matches or it could just be your coasters having this little arrangement of three stacked on top of each other creates an instant luxurious decorative touch .
This is something that you'll notice on every designer coffee table .
Every designer surface .
A lot of Decor pieces are layered and sta this is of course something that you can do with items that you already have .
So you don't have to worry about going out and buying other things , use what you have and put them together .
I find that large furniture pieces like sideboards , cabinets , dressers look more expensive , but they also are more expensive .
So my favorite go to way to create the look of an expensive large furniture piece is actually putting two small furniture pieces together .
And it's echoed through the pillows in the living room .
Since the living room furniture is bold and saturated .
The area rug helps to ground the living space , but it's in the same tonal colors as the flooring .
So it makes the space feel even larger than it is moving on to this open plan home .
In this open concept home , you'll see that the living room is clearly defined in the sunken area of the space .
It's anchored with these symmetrical sofas that are bold in color and the color carries up through the walls and onto the fireplace .
You don't see a ton of overhead lighting in this space , but I love how these minimum wall sconces play up the architecture of the ceiling and beams .
If you have a round dining table , make sure that you have a light fixture that has an overall round shape to it .
It will really help frame out and style that dining room so much better and it won't look so odd .
I see a lot of rectangular dining tables paired with round light fixtures and that pairing seems to look a little odd and sometimes comes off a little bit cheap because the light fixture looks too small for the table .
I would actually double up on your light fixtures and hang two of them that's going to help balance it out a little bit and it's going to create that length that you want over top of a rectangular table .
So if you're picking a new chandelier or picking a new dining table , think about what is on top or below it and coordinate those shapes together .
Now , typically more expensive custom drapes are very wide .
So they maintain that ripple even when the curtain is shut .
And that is hard to accomplish if you have small narrow curtain panels .
So one little designer hack you can do to accomplish that width is actually doubling up on your curtain panels .
So instead of just hanging one panel on either side , you hang two on either side of your window , that's going to create extra width , extra fabric .
And once the curtains are pulled shut , you can still maintain that ripple and texture .
And I think that works wonders .
Again , you don't need to get expensive custom curtains to achieve this look .
You can do this with the most affordable curtain option .
It's just about adding more fabric in there .
Now , every expensive designer space that you see and maybe admire was very well out and you can do that exact same thing in your home as well .
Planning is the key to success when it comes to creating a luxurious designer .
Look , I find when things look good beside each other on paper , they tend to look good in real life beside each other .
So I do this for every single project .
I just use Photoshop to plan out my spaces by just dragging and dropping images of all the furniture pieces and all the decor that I want to work within that space to make sure that it all looks good together .
That's really where you can see if things clash .
If the shapes seem a little odd together .
Maybe the finishes and fabric is a little weird .
That's when you can really tell .
So you can plan all this out beforehand and not make those mistakes when it's too late .
Now , if you've been wanting to hang some wall art around your home , maybe one large art piece or a gallery wall of some kind , consider using matted frames .
I find that matted frames look more expensive and just give you this high end finished look as opposed to frame with no matte .
So if you're getting any photos printed or posters printed , you can actually save a little bit of money because you can downsize your print .
If you put it in a frame that has a mat , I find matted frames actually brighten up your art as well .
There's so many incredible options out there now that look extremely luxurious and will add such a designer touch to your space .
So bathrooms , kitchens , living rooms , dining rooms , hallways , entryways , every room could use some and it will add that designer touch without putting in much effort at all .
Sometimes room designs don't look as luxurious if they don't have enough soft elements in them .
If everything is hard and solid and shiny , it's not going to give a very warm cozy inviting feeling .
So I think every room needs some soft furnishings , pillows , throw blankets , rugs , curtains , ottomans .
This is why runners in kitchens work so nicely because they add that soft detail in a very hard solid space .
Also throw pillows on sofas , if you have a leather sofa or something , a little bit more modern looking , adding throw pillows really softens the look of those pieces and makes them feel more approachable , welcoming and comfortable .