Open-con­cept rooms need vis­ual sep­a­ra­tion

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dis­jointed. Like­wise, you’ll want to con­sider the view from din­ing room into the kitchen.

The safe way to go is to use the same colour as was done in our fea­ture room. The tran­quil gray/green wall colour was used in both spa­ces, which keep ev­ery­thing in vis­ual har­mony. There are no strong colour con­trasts to chop up the vis­ual space. The white base­boards work well with this colour ver­sus dark, wooden trim, which could ap­pear dated. The wall colour is en­hanced through art­work and ac­ces­sories to a pleas­ing out­come. If you want a lit­tle more drama, you could use a co-or­di­nat­ing colour, like soft yel­low, on the back din­ing room wall. When viewed from the kitchen, you’d have the soft green half wall set against a soft yel­low back wall, which would pro­vide a lit­tle more vis­ual con­trast.

The sin­gle paint colour in our fea­ture pho­to­graph does not pro­vide a lot of vis­ual sep­a­ra­tion of the two rooms. As well, the floor­ing is the same through­out. To help de­fine the din­ing area, the de­signer has used an area rug, which also grounds the seat­ing ar­range­ment. This is a sim­ple so­lu­tion but an ef­fec­tive one. The over­sized light over the ta­ble and clev­erly placed art­work fur­ther de­lin­eates the din­ing area.

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