We now have a totally open kitchen and family room. (here are the long promised new kitchen and family room pictures!)
Only the dining room and kitchen are divided by a short hallway and our new stairwell. I actually like the separation between the dining room and kitchen because I feel removed from the mess when we eat a (rare) nice dinner in there.
To further accentuate the continuity, the crown molding and baseboard are the same throughout the first floor. (More on crown molding here). This way your eye travels through the rooms without distracting interruptions cause by the change in the molding styles.
We chose to have everything in the main areas of the house painted the same color, Duron Ivoire. This is by no means a requirement for improving the flow in an open floor plan, but it's a simple way to achieve it.
In the decor, I often choose furniture which can be moved between the rooms without issue. I don't have rooms decorated in a style other than "my style" so there aren't any themes, color schemes, or anything else that makes furniture (or lamps, pictures, and rugs for that matter) suitable only for a single space in the house. When I want to redecorate, I just move furniture I have between the rooms!
Do you have any tips or tricks to creating continuity between rooms in an open floor plan?
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