Open concept decorating can be overwhelming, challenging but most of all fun!
If your home has an open concept layout, try to determine natural boundaries of specific areas within that open concept space.
If your kitchen features a bleached oak cabinetry with warm, peach undertones, your floor choice in the adjoining family room may be matching strip flooring, or reddish based, medium stained strip. Here you would need to consider all existing furniture in your family room.
Your open and airy home can look as good, as any traditional layout homes. All you need is to know where to start.
If you have dark colored sofas, and prefer not to use the area rugs, (personally, I do not recommend them on your hardwood, as they will change the color of your floor in the covered areas) to make the sofa stand out in the room, you would need to choose a lighter color floor.
Perhaps, you are not as brave as some, and are not willing to install hardwood in your kitchen. Obvious choice in this situation would be a tile floor. Your kitchen is probably smaller than other adjoining areas, normal course of action, would be to decide on the style and design of the larger area, choosing your wood first and then working with it by picking a tile that has the same tonal balance and color value as the wood that your chose.
If you prefer the prefinished wood product, this would be the way to go. However, if your heart is set on custom stained wood floor, or if tile selection available to you is not the greatest one... you may choose to start with the tile, finding one that you like and then choosing a custom stained floor that will complement tile's colour and design.
It does not mean that the color of tiles must be the same as the color of wood. The tiles should be pleasant to your eye when placed next to finished wood. If you like the color combination, go for it. If it seams awkward, or if you are not "really sure", keep looking for something else.
To better illustrate an open concept floor design solution we included an actual case study from one of recent jobs.
Keep in mind that if you ever want to change the colour of your flooring in one area by refinishing your wood flooring; you will not be able to do that in just that one area. Entire space with hardwood needs to be sanded and refinished if there are no clear transitions.
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