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How to use color for open floor plans

By John Kirchner June 13, 2012

Open floor plans have skyrocketed in popularity over the past several years as more homeowners demand multi-functional spaces and increased livability. Though open floor plans certainly meet those demands, homeowners might be puzzled by color planning. If living spaces just merge into one another, where should colors stop and start?

Kelly Porter, a color consultant and owner of Porter House Designs, shared some can’t-miss color planning tips on Houzz earlier this week. Here’s just a few of our favorites:

  • In a large open area where the walls are white, color is essential to help ground the space and keep it from feeling too sterile. Add color with accessories.
  • Another way to anchor a large space is to create a central seating area. (See picture above.) With it’s fun, eye-catching chartreuse hue, this sectional not only provides comfortable seating, but makes a great focal point.
  • Large, open kitchens can feel stark — especially if the cabinets are white. To remedy this, one trick is to use vivid accent colors. (See picture below.) Red is great color to use in the kitchen. It’s a lively, energetic color that will create an inviting space.

The moral of the story? Color is your friend, just so long as it’s used boldly and thoughtfully.

[Photos courtesy Houzz]