Before: Blank CanvasAfter recently purchasing his house, Mark realized that he didn't like the walls separating his dining room, kitchen, and living room, so he knocked them down. But now that the demo is complete, he has no idea how to proceed. Kenneth Brown presents a floor plan for this wide open space that is masculine, sleek and functional with a touch of Bali to represent Mark's love of traveling.
According to Kenneth, the key to creating a cohesive look in an open floor plan is to repeat materials throughout the entire space — in Mark's home, limestone, teak, leather and chrome are used to tie all three rooms together. Here are a few more of Kenneth's tips:
- In the living room, put your biggest piece of furniture on the longest wall. This creates a sense of order and proportion.
- Don't be afraid of dark colors — instead of closing up a room they can make walls appear to recede.
- When remodeling a kitchen, save money by keeping the plumbing where it is.
- Keep the kitchen triangle (the space between the sink, stove and refrigerator) in mind when deciding where to put your appliances. Kenneth says a rule of thumb is to make sure that no side of the triangle is less than four feet.
- If your kitchen is down to the studs, use spray paint or masking tape to help you visualize your layout. As Kenneth says about kitchen floorplans, "You can spend all day looking at them on paper but that won't give you the vibe of the space using spray paint or masking paint is like blowing up the design and stepping into it."
After: Living RoomThe living room is set apart with a dark olive color on the walls, which makes for a dramatic statement at the end of the long room. Furniture pieces are covered in textured, neutral fabrics like mohair. A low leather chaise opposite the sofa provides seating in front of the chrome-framed fireplace. A seagrass rug adds texture over the ebony-stained oak floor.
After: KitchenThe kitchen is kept in the center of the space since the plumbing is already there. A large island provides more countertop and cabinet space — it also serves as a visual trick to draw you into the living room and to the view outside. Cherry wood cabinets are installed with the grain running horizontal instead of vertical reinforcing the visual trick to pull your eye through the rooms. Chrome drawer and cabinet handles and stainless-steel appliances repeat the chrome found around the fireplaces. Teak barstools with leather seats repeat the materials found in both the dining and living room.
After: Dining RoomA wall covered in limestone makes a huge design impact in the dining room. The material is repeated on the kitchen backsplash and living room fireplace surround. A zebrawood hanging lamp over the table reinforces the horizontal theme.
wall paint (light color - Harmonic Tan 6136, darker color - Artifact 6138) - Sherwin Williams
The Home Collection - side table cube, dining room table (#TE-12020) (out of business)
Pindler & Pindler - ottoman fabric (#7590 Contessa/Nutmeg), chaise fabric (Parma – Chamois #7945), dining room drapery fabric (#7747 Lexington/Oasis)
The Flooring Resource Group - Fibreworks seagrass rug (Natural, Color 605)
Room & Board - Shinto 40 Sq coffee table #395141, Spindle table lamp #401339, Totem stool #349501
U.S. Quartz Products, Inc. - Ceasarstone kitchen countertops (Desert Limestone)
Blueprint - Saddle leather barstools
Quynh - Lidi dining chairs
Designs by Bonnie Price - window treatments
Colburn Schwartz, Inc. - accessories
Showcase Inc. - custom cabinetry
L.A. Comfort, Inc. - upholstered seat cushions
Westside Floors - flooring