Defining Space in an Open Floor Plan

An open concept living room, dining room, and kitchen by nature blurs the lines between each area or room. The best way to define your space is to determine how you want to use the space.

Consider Traffic Flow

Once you have defined your circulation paths, also consider how you want to use the room. For more definition, incorporate a focal point in each adjacent space. These standout elements capture the eye while improving how the space works.

Furniture

Creating a furniture layout in an open floor plan can be overwhelming. Arrange your furniture away from the walls. Anchor your furniture and conversation areas with a large statement piece like a coffee table and use a rug to complete the look.

Storage

What helps to make these spaces work is to have proper storage and thoughtful planning. These open spaces work best when you have adequate storage and defined smaller areas like an efficient laundry room, home office, home gym or an “amenity room” (also called a “plus room”).

Cohesive Color & Elements

When designing an open concept living room, consider the entire area, because you can see all your elements at the same time. Make sure they relate in some way. By using elements like color, texture and wood tones, you can repeat these to create layers and make your space feel cohesive. Our rule is three colors in a space. This also applies to textures and wood tones. If your style is more sophisticated than whimsical, you will want to add texture to a monochromatic space, with high contrast neutrals and layers of texture. If you are looking to create a high-end custom feel, use different custom wall coverings in different areas for added definition.

Create Intimacy with Lighting

Use a statement chandelier. Consider the light fixture but also how the light illuminates specific areas. If the lighting is versatile and visually interesting, it can help make a bright and spacious interior feel cozier and more intimate with strategic lighting.

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Clear(ly) Connected Lake House Design

Imagine being one of the first to own property on Clear Lake outside of Graham, Washington. That was the story for one of the original homesteaders on the lake, and the extended family continues to have a deep love of the land and the lake. The homesteader’s grandson, a retired surgeon, sparkles and lights up when sharing his family’s connection to the lake.

The grandson’s Clear Lake home was built by Scott Jamison of Rainier Excavating and Nelson T. Miller, a retired Seattle architect. The contemporary lodgestyle home boasts two-story beamed ceilings with windows open to the lake and Mount Rainier views. It is warmed by a soaring two-story stone fireplace. The homeowner hand made the beams and mantle. The chandeliers next to the massive fireplace are of forged steel.

In 2015 the surgeon and his wife were introduced to Jamison’s childhood friend Juleen Pudists of Northlight Interiors. Northlight Interiors selected finishes, planned space, created the lodge-style fireplace, and provided cabinet and tile design throughout the home. Many of the home’s surfaces were handmade and locally sourced. These include indigenous stone, handmade tile, and local marble from a Pacific Northwest quarry. Wood and trim details were reclaimed from a Seattle mill.

The vision for this home was to seize the connection with Mount Rainier and Clear Lake right outside the windows. The genuine stone fireplace reflects the rocks along the shoreline. The kitchen’s white marble has veins of green and blue mimicking the colors of the lake. Brazilian cherry floors and cherry cabinetry add warmth to the modern architecture.

The homeowner boasts that Northlight Interiors made his kitchen perfect for his beloved wife, finding a space for a large pantry and detailing to fit their needs. The homeowners love to open their home to share with family and friends. It is bustling with lakeside activity throughout the warmer months.

EMILY HAPPY

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