Blend­ing two rooms

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

ROOMS that are open to each other, like our liv­ing room/din­ing room photo (cour­tesy of Delta) can be a dec­o­rat­ing chal­lenge. In most in­stances, you want vis­ual sep­a­ra­tion but still want the feel of an open, airy decor. This space has continuity even though there are two sep­a­rate rooms. This ex­am­ple has some solid, ba­sic de­sign con­cepts that meld two rooms with suc­cess.

One of the com­mon dilem­mas in an open­con­cept space is where and when to start and stop wall colour. The trick is to look at the space from ev­ery an­gle. In this room, for ex­am­ple, when you view the din­ing room from the kitchen you see not only the back din­ing room wall but also the half wall at the end of the cab­i­nets in the kitchen. So, if you just went ahead and painted the din­ing room in your favourite colour, say orange, with­out con­sid­er­ing the view from the kitchen you may have a vis­ual shock when you’re gaz­ing into the din­ing room from the kitchen. The con­trast would be too strong and

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