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Small touches can also help unify two sep­a­rate but open spa­ces. In our fea­ture rooms, the cabi­net hard­ware, Delta sink and faucet and can­is­ter lids are all in a chrome fin­ish. This el­e­ment is brought into the din­ing room through the sil­ver frames on the art­work and even the chrome rods that sus­pend the large light fix­ture over the ta­ble. Keep­ing lit­tle things like this in mind when plan­ning your decor will help main­tain continuity be­tween the two sep­a­rate rooms. the desk sits in a dormer, you can paint the in­side walls of the dormer sec­tion a dif­fer­ent colour than the rest of the room, for ex­am­ple.)

If the desk is just float­ing around on a large wall, you could cre­ate a par­tial wall along one side of the desk with a dec­o­ra­tive screen that co-or­di­nates with the rest of the room. (Cov­ered in fab­ric that matches the bedding, for in­stance.) You could also use tall house plants to cre­ate the il­lu­sion of sep­a­ra­tion. If the desk is not part of a match­ing bed­room suite, paint it in a fresh colour that co-or­di­nates with the rest of the space rather than try­ing to make it match the suite. Hang a large paint­ing above the desk to give it fo­cus.

Spa­ces like rec rooms that have more than one func­tion can ben­e­fit from these tech­niques, as well. Vis­ually defin­ing each area will keep the en­tire space from feel­ing chaotic while main­tain­ing an open con­cept.

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