Go­ing with the flow

Cre­at­ing a smooth tran­si­tion is key to good dec­o­rat­ing

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES - CON­NIE OLIVER

WHEN you have an open-floor plan, you want to cre­ate a smooth vis­ual tran­si­tion from one room to the other while main­tain­ing in­di­vid­ual spa­ces.

Our fea­ture pho­to­graph shows a lovely kitchen and din­ing room that is a good ex­am­ple of how to make the tran­si­tion with style. While paint­ing both rooms in the same paint colour isn’t al­ways the an­swer, it works in this sit­u­a­tion as it cre­ates vis­ual flow and pro­vides a re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two sep­a­rate rooms.

The light sunny yel­low wall colour is a good choice with all of the wooden el­e­ments in both rooms. It’s an airy colour that opens up the space and re­flects nat­u­ral light. One could also paint the din­ing room in the green colour of the up­per kitchen cab­i­nets to cre­ate stronger vis­ual sep­a­ra­tion, as the two paint tones are sim­i­lar in strength and the colours com­ple­ment one another.

Other el­e­ments that tie the two rooms to­gether are the wooden cab­i­nets and the wooden din­ing ta­ble. If you can imag­ine a steel and glass din­ing ta­ble in its place you see how it would ap­pear out of place in this in­stance.

A few sub­tle touches in main­tain­ing the re­la­tion­ship of the two spa­ces is the ad­di­tion of black ac­cents in the din­ing room, which speak to the dark coun­ter­top in the kitchen and also re­late to the din­ing room light fix­ture. As well, the rec­tan­gu­lar art­work on the wall to the right of the door­way has woodsy tones that help marry the two spa­ces and cre­ate a smooth tran­si­tion.

There are el­e­ments that speak to each room on its own merit and help keep the two rooms from ap­pear­ing as one large space. In the kitchen th­ese in­clude the green ac­cents in ac­ces­sories and linens that co-or­di­nate with the up­per cab­i­nets. In the din­ing room, the black and white print on the left wall and the chan­de­lier speak strongly to the din­ing room dé­cor.

Paint­ing the up­per kitchen cab­i­nets in a light colour and in­stalling glass panel doors help break up the monotony of the dark wooden cab­i­nets and the wooden is­land in the kitchen. It also speaks to the slightly eclec­tic, rus­tic style of the home­own­ers.

Study photographs of sim­i­lar spa­ces to see how it’s done and then give it a whirl for your­self.

Take in the views from both rooms into the other to en­sure a smooth tran­si­tion with a few el­e­ments of sur­prise in each space.

Once you’ve com­pleted the above task, put your per­sonal sig­na­ture on it with unique ac­ces­sories. I found some great pieces at Wicker World that are won­der­fully dif­fer­ent. From tabletop dis­plays made from in­dus­trial me­chan­i­cal parts to movie-set sized tri­pod light­ing, there is def­i­nitely some­thing out there for ev­ery taste. Ideas for walls If your young daugh­ter wants a chan­de­lier in her bed­room but it’s not in the bud­get, in­stall a wall mu­ral of a chan­de­lier sil­hou­ette. This is a stylish and less per­ma­nent so­lu­tion to a child’s ev­ery chang­ing whims.

If you want a fea­ture wall that is not per­ma­nent, con­sider the new style in stone-look wall­pa­per. This is a great idea for renters as the wall­pa­per can be re­moved be­fore you move.

Can’t get away to a trop­i­cal desti­na­tion? Put up a wall mu­ral with like scenes to take you away from it all.

Metal wall art sculp­tures are a pop­u­lar choice in wall dé­cor th­ese days. The range of de­signs and colours along with the el­e­ment of an in­dus­trial look, make th­ese pieces unique and eye-catch­ing.

Wall mir­rors with unique frames can add a re­flec­tive qual­ity and an artis­tic touch. Sets of mir­rors in var­i­ous styles and sizes can also make a unique wall dis­play or fo­cal wall ad­di­tion. Fo­cal mir­rors are great in the din­ing room to vis­ual open the space and re­flect can­dle­light. Add colour through ac­ces­sories Adding colour to your dé­cor can be a sim­ple as pur­chas­ing a stun­ning coloured glass vase, charger plate or other colour­ful ce­ramic ac­cent pieces. Th­ese items don’t have to be ex­pen­sive. Hit the thrift stores and you just might find a few in­ex­pen­sive trea­sures to add to your unique space.

This lovely kitchen and din­ing room of­fer a good ex­am­ple of how to make tran­si­tion be­tween rooms with style.

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