Help!!! Large rooms open concept and have no starting point!! I'm lost

annie1982April 4, 2013
Two very large rooms separated by a large opening I would like some ideas on how to blend them to flow. Thanks!!
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annie1982
As well this is the other side of the room which houses the sofa
    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 12:32PM
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annie1982
Other area of adjoining room
    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 12:33PM
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decoenthusiaste
There is too much furniture here, but unify the two spaces with paint for starters.
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annie1982
Yes we tend to stay in one room the other is a room in the middle with a computer/ laundry room and a bathroom and closet and the kitchen is off this second room just not sure how the flow should be in the second part with all of the other activity around it
    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 1:01PM
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carolins
Cute dogs.

Think about what you use the room for. Do you want one lounge area where you watch TV and one area where you want to have a coffee with friends, read a book...?
Which of all this furniture is used most and what do you do when you sit there.
Do you need so much seating?
Does everything get used?
Which part of the room are you most often in?

And as decoenthusiaste said: paint (and wallpaper?)
1 Like    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 1:03PM
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annie1982
Caroline's great advice thank you!!
    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 3:03PM
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Mariah Perez
How many sitting areas do you have? Do you have a dinning room?
1 Like    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 4:39PM
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annie1982
We have a small eating area off the kitchen I was thinking dining room, but there is a entrance and a bathroom and a computer room off one room as well as a closet and it leads into the kitchen .
    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 3:09PM
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Mariah Perez
I like the are where you have the section for a dinning room.. And maybe use the sectional on the other area where you have the other sofas.
    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 3:23PM
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NexTrend Design
Definitely you can start by unifying rooms with the same color paint. However, you could use a space-planning consultation to help you determine what to keep & toss, and how you want to use each space. That would help alot in determining what furniture goes where. It looks quite confusing from the photos, so you need an overall comprehensive plan to maximize it's functionality, flow & visual appeal.
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Mariah Perez
Agree
1 Like    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 4:26PM
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alittledlc
Large shelving unit open on both sides with bins or baskets to help define smaller room? Used sort of as a floor-screen?
2 Likes    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 4:36PM
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mrstinylady
Gray in light and medium, red, yellow, cream, white, and wood are the colors you are using?

One thing you can do is to use the colors of one room as accents in the other. The accents could be in art or picture mats, pillows, rugs, lamps, draperies . . . whatever.

You can consider reducing any color that is over-bearing or not suited to the mood of the room or isn't among your desired color choices.

Ditto for items that are either too feminine or masculine or of an unwanted time period (harvest gold and avocado green can go to the local shelter, for example).

You can sell, repaint or reupholster or re-purpose anything to bring it into the here and now with the right colors and style too.

You could post a floorplan (with measurements) and get feedback regarding flow and furniture placement from the many people here who would enjoy walking in your world.

You could fill your Houzz Ideabook with all that you crave and let everyone design the rooms for you (need color swatches and floorplan info).

Looks like fun!
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mrstinylady
Just saw your ideabook! Nice calm choices with some glitz. Are you going to add in shades of blue? Love that livingroom (white sofa and blue walls) for you!
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carolins
Okay, if you have the measurements of the room, can you draw a floorplan? Need to know where doors and windows are.
It will help us to give you some ideas about furniture placement.
Have you thought about how you're using the room?
I do like the idea of a dining room, although I would place it in the area where your TV is I think, the area with all the doors. But if you're never going to use that dining table, you're better off just creating two cohesive seating area's.
Rugs will also help you do that. And I think the dogs will like large rugs too. Think about using indoor/outdoor rugs. They are easy to clean.
    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 12:35AM
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Holly Anderson Fine Art
carolins has a great idea ---- Smartdraw is a free computer program that IF you have your measurements you can design your floorplan and add furniture to scale, etc. it's wonderful. try that and repost!
2 Likes    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 1:13AM
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hi, your photos doesn't really show how the space is designed,
as some friends just suggested to draw a sketchy plan of the room, that would be really helpful.

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    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 1:26AM
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annie1982
Love all the ideas going to post a floor plan!!
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carolins
urban barn has a free online roomplanner too:
http://www.urbanbarn.com/Room-Planner
    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 2:23AM
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mrstinylady
http://houseandhome.com/blogs/house-home-daily/design-news/room-layout-planner
http://urbanbarn.icovia.com/
http://www.simplyfrugal.ca/free-online-room-planning-tool-by-urban-barn/
http://www.potterybarn.com/design-studio/tool/room_planner.html
    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 5:19AM
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