Flow themes between rooms

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Registered: 04-11-2011
Flow themes between rooms
Mon, 04-11-2011 - 3:08pm

Currently, I have my kitchen decorated in chef men, and my living room with an american flag theme. In my current house this works, both rooms are completely seperate. The house I'm moving to however, has a big open floor plan, which will be incredible for entertaining, any ideas how I can flow the themes between rooms, but still make it feel open? We are purchasing, so anything can be done.

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Fri, 04-15-2011 - 11:43am

I'm with Kellie on keeping the color scheme consistent in an open plan. We had a poster here once who basically took a favorite work of art, picked three colors from it, used each color as the main color in an adjoining space and the other two as accents. Worked a charm and that way, the rooms flowed but you could still distinguish space, if you know what I mean.

Another option is to use the same color but different shades of it from the paint strip --- lighter in one room, darker in another. That's what we did in our kitchen/sitting are (meant to be a breakfast nook but we don't use it that way) and sunroom --- a dark teal green in the kitchen and sitting area and a three-shades-lighter in the sunroom. Then we accented: I used blue, purple and green in the sitting area and autumn colors and art in the sunroom. White furniture in the sitting area lightened it up. Dark furniture in the sunroom grounded it. It works well for us. I don't have photos on this computer so I can't show you --- sorry...

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Wed, 04-13-2011 - 4:14pm

Hi and welcome to the board!

Your house sounds like mine! Our living room, dining room and kitchen are all in one big room. The first thing we did was to rip up the carpet in the living/dining and take out the tile in the kitchen. We replaced it all with hardwood floors so that there was more of a flow. We also use the same color scheme in all three areas. I don't have all of the photos on this computer, but here is an example of what it looked like before...


And here are a few after pictures. This was before the kitchen was full done and/or decorated but you can see a dramatic shift in colors.


This was a few years ago, so some things have changed even more. We put in French doors instead of those old security doors.

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I think having the same colors, roughly, in those rooms pulls it together.