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Not so many years ago, the “family room” or den was where the most activity happened and where the most emphasis was placed when house plans were being considered. Trends have caused the hierarchy to change in the last several years, and the kitchen has taken “center stage” in the home. With the open concept homes that blend cooking, dining and living, the flow of style and function in a seamless way is essential. Here are a few ideas for you to consider with the open living spaces.
Color Schemes: defining the spaces with color. From calming combinations of neutrals to color-studded palettes that encompass colors across the spectrum. See how hues work together to both unify the rooms and create eye-catching contrast.
If you don’t want to choose a neutral color, often using a much loved painting or rug can be the inspiration for the colors you love and what you want to paint the walls! Remember though… when you choose a color it will be much more dramatic and overpowering on the walls. Usually, I find that going to a less intense shade of the color is what will be best to use on a wall.
When working with clients, I will often paint a 2’ x 2’ piece of sheet rock (available at any local home improvement store) of the shades we are considering. Seeing the sample in the actual room and at different times of the day will help you make a decision. I don’t recommend painting a lot of different samples on the wall itself. Painters are not too keen on this. When you paint different colors it adds to their work in getting the wall primed to where the “samples paints” are completely covered.
Furniture and Fixtures: defining the areas with placement. Furniture is arranged in the living area to facilitate conversation. You don’t necessarily have to use a couch to do this either. Four comfortable, attractive chairs placed around an ample coffee table is an attractive alternative. An added bonus is buying chairs that will swivel. Versatility in changing the focus, maybe from the television area to the fireplace enhances the chairs’ functionality. Area rugs in the living or dining area also help to define the different areas in an open concept living space.
In the casual dining area of the living space, style can mingle with kid-friendly ideas that will suit the whole family. This area is often between the kitchen itself and the living area. Pick a great light fixture over the table that doesn’t necessarily “match” the kitchen lighting but complements and defines this area.
Architectural Elements: small details can make a big impact. Columns or beams can be used as a structural support or just to add visual interest. The living areas can also be defined by using ceiling height differences in the open areas. Also a cathedral or coffered ceiling will add to the space.
Most of all… make your home a place that reflects your family’s personality. I enjoy using “family, historical” things that are important to me or that I love in my home’s function and decor. I love exploring my client’s homes to use the things they love maybe a little differently than they have thought of them before either in placement or in usability.
Jai Archer with Jai Archer Interiors is a regular contributor to the Clark Partners Realty Group blog. She brings tips, tricks and ideas to make your home not only more functional but more fun too! For information about her services, contact Jai at email@example.com or 918-331-6091.
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Lakewood Luxury Garden Homes
Location: Off Zion Road just west of Crossover
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Lakewood is located in east Fayetteville near Lake Fayetteville and the Fayetteville Athletic Club. With multiple floorplans, elevations, and amenity packages it’s easy to customize your dream home at Lakewood. The neighborhood offers carefree living because the POA provides lawncare for every home. Lakewood has tree-lined streets, rear-entry garages, period mailboxes, and beautiful landscaping.
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The natural beauty of Northwest Arkansas is undeniable. However, the architecture of the region is equally as important. This is just a small taste of the modern architecture popping up around town. Fayetteville in particular has always been progressive when it comes to things like planning, development, and architecture. Above is Shogun Japanese Restaurant (Fayetteville). Also pictured a building on the University of Arkansas Engineering Research campus (Fayetteville), the Church at Pinnacle Hills (Rogers), and the new aloft Hotel by W Hotels (Rogers).