Notice the Kitchen Ceiling is in the Same Color Family as the Walls Outside of the Kitchen Area
They've Provided Continuity by Bringing the Main Room Colors into the Kitchen Design
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Here are Three Tips to Review:
1. Choose Your "Neutral Color" and Use it On All the Rooms that Open to Each Other
A neutral color doesn't have to be white, beige, gray or tan. When we think about a neutral color, we tend to think 'light' colors, however, your neutral color can also be a bold color.
The main tip in choosing your base color is to use it on all the rooms that flow together in an open area.
Once you've established your base neutral, you're free to create separations in the space using elements or furnishings in the room.
As an example, if a living room opens up to the kitchen, establish your base color for the walls in both rooms then define the spaces using color in other décor aspects. The couches could be lighter and more neutral with darker walls, while the counter tops could be darker if the kitchen cupboards are lighter.
Once you establish a base color for the walls and floors, the rest of the room becomes an effort in matching and binding the elements together.
Notice the Wall Color Between the Two Spaces is the Same
Check out the Ceilings - Because of the Dividing White Beam, a Different Ceiling color Works
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If choosing just one color flowing between your open space rooms is simply not to your liking, then consider choosing colors in the same tones.
As an example, choose a darker shade of a particular color for one aspect of the room, and a lighter shade of the same color for the other open area.
Don't forget the ceiling. Rather than going with a standard white ceiling, depending upon the design of your room, you could use an even lighter shade of your chosen color for the ceiling.
As an example, in a living room kitchen combined space, you could use a dark grey for the living room walls and two shades down for the kitchen color. For the shared ceiling between the two spaces, bring the grey even lighter, perhaps four shades down from the darkest shade you've selected. With this example, you've stayed in the grey family, yet provided distinctive color differences between the two rooms and tied them together using the ceiling.With a cohesive floor and ceiling flowing through the space, walls in the same tone but different in shade still work nicely without leaving one feeling overwhelmed.
This Design Opens to Several Rooms
They've used Various Shades in the Same Color Temperature
to Create Cohesiveness and Separation - Photo Via Pixabay
One of the difficult things people find about an open concept space is, are the rooms in fact, open to each other.
In other words, a room is open to another yet not visible from every angle and thus you're unsure if it's considered a separate space.
The solution to this is 'Sightlines". Stand in a room, and determine what other rooms can be seen when you're in it and repeat this for all rooms. If there's an open connection to another room, then you need to be cognizant of color flow.
If you're standing in a room and the only way you can see another room is through a door, that doesn't count as 'open to the other space'. It doesn't mean you should go hog-wild with color differentials, it merely means you're not obligated to consider the flow as carefully as you would with adjoining rooms.
The bottom line, don't be afraid of color. Take your time to determine how your rooms connect together, then decide what system works best for your open concept spaces; one color connecting all walls or various shades in the same family.
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