Room of The Week: Inspiring Open Kitchen/Family Room With Flow

Rural Sophistication
Photo by Square Footage Inc.

Today I'm sharing a bright, airy, and stylish open kitchen/family room that is multifunctional and fun. Open layout spaces are perfect for casual family living and easy entertaining. But for an open layout that's both inviting and flows well, there are a few strategies to keep in mind to avoid a choppy look. This well designed space hits the mark!

Rural Sophistication
Photo by Square Footage Inc.

In an open-plan concept you strive to create separate zones within your one large space, but the challenge is to make the end result feel cohesive, right?!  How?

Unify with Common Materials: Wide plank flooring is used throughout to unify this space. Antique brass accents are used not only on the cabinetry but the lighting, faucetts, stools, accent tables. 

Rural Sophistication
Rural Sophistication
Photo by Square Footage Inc.

The overall style of the space is sophisticated and rustic.

Rural Sophistication
Luxurious soapstone is used as the primary countertops on the island and drink station unifying the areas. I love the patchwork tiles used on the backsplash for the drink station.

I am not certain where the patchwork tiles came from, but this may be a starting point for you if you're interested. Or you can contact the designers of the kitchen: Square Footage Inc., Ontario, Canada/905-831-1550, www.squarefootage.com

If you're struggling with your open layout, here are a few additional tips to keep in mind that can help you create a stylish, comfortable room for your family to enjoy:

- Choose a unified color palette. In a room with an open layout, it's important to draw from a unified color palette so all areas of the room visually flow into one another. Painting the walls a neutral color like white, cream, tan, gray or taupe is usually your best option because you'll be able to incorporate a variety of accent colors that coordinate with the walls. 
-Unify through window treatments. Everything doesn't have to  match perfectly, but if it feels divided and choppy and you need a more cohesive feeling look at unifying with common window treatments. That may mean long cream draperies in the family room with the same cream fabric used as roman shades over the sink, as an example.
-Cozy up. Using warm or earthy materials and/or colors, as well as a mix of textures is a great way to achieve balance and to create a more lived-in space.
Have a great day! It's hump day so that's something to look forward to!!



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