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Decorating Ideas 7 Design Savvy Ideas For Open One Kings Lane

Decorating Ideas 7 Design Savvy Ideas For Open One Kings Lane Decorating Ideas 7 Design Savvy Ideas For Open One Kings Lane

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In our books, modernizing a space involves lots of sculptural accents, bold colors, and clever furniture arrangements. “Try a different sofa arrangement for a shift in perspective. We placed two fringed sofas to face each other but offset the formal setup with modern touches and a strong palette,” says Alyssa, pointing out the black-and-white color scheme, the chinoiserie coffee table, the hide pillows, and the shapely accent chairs and tables. “This way everything is anchored in the palette. The modern look is really about finding that common thread when mixing lots of different styles—traditional, global, clean-lined.” Another modern approach? “The art gallery wall is done all the time, so to show a different take we hung a range of oversize vintage and new mirrors in gold frames, which give the display a cohesive and updated look.”

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Open kitchens make for perfect gathering spots, but there’s no need to fall back on a classic kitchen-dining arrangement. Consider a more convivial approach by turning the kitchen island into an everyday dining surface with barstools and arranging a seating area with deep sofas and chairs just adjacent. The result is a space that is big on everyday comfort and lounging—and feels a little less formal and buttoned-up. Feel free to bring in brights and patterns for your upholstery—or mix in a few stylish stain-resistant designs—to dial up cozy charm in a big space.

Spring has nearly sprung, and with that our focus (and mood) is turning to freshening up and enlivening the vibe at home, opening up rooms, and dreaming up ways to brighten and spruce up. And just in time, our überskilled in-house designers have transformed The Studio at One Kings Lane—our New York City showroom and design service—into a light and airy space packed with fresh ideas for updating every area in your home, from new ways to think about mixing in modern and vintage designs to big ideas for bringing in color. Here, our savvy stylist Alyssa Lewis shares her pro tips and breaks down how to bring these ideas to your own home—and pull your spaces out of hibernation.

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For a heavily trafficked area such as the kitchen, blend practicality with pristine sight lines. “We focused on keeping the colors and materials cohesive with whites, blues, natural woods, and ceramics,” Alyssa says. It creates a sense of openness that’s paramount in busy spaces where “big pendant lights and a coat of crisp white paint can do wonders,” Alyssa adds.

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Consider the classic living, dining, and kitchen layout for a tried-and-true arrangement. Start with a linear approach, placing your anchor pieces, such as sofa, dining table, and kitchen island, parallel and perpendicular to each other as you see fit; the effect creates a clean-lined and well-balanced look. To help unify the spaces, keep materials and colorful details consistent—be it woven accents that are picked up in all three areas, dark wood tones throughout, or vivid art on multiple walls.

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Spring is about shedding layers and cycling out the old, but this season we’re venturing to “embolden vintage pieces,” says Alyssa of the feminine small bedroom she outfitted in The Studio at One Kings Lane. “Vintage pieces by default bring a lot of heft and a seriousness to a space, but as smaller pieces they can complement newer designs for a rich, collected look. The fully upholstered dot-pattern bed and the settee topped with vintage pillows is a great example of that. We also chose to layer in specks of shine with gold and silver art and accessories to play up the look even more.”

Take a page from elegant great rooms with soaring ceilings and towering windows for an open living and dining space brimming with sophistication—but with a modern sensibility. No need to go overboard with patterns, rich leathers, and deep colors. Try this sitting room’s lighter approach, with a pair of simple yet bright sofas, accents of gold and crystal, and minimalist abstract art that bridges the living and dining areas. Plus, you can’t go wrong with a white, gold, and blond-wood color scheme, which can also help soften ornate architectural details in rooms.

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While substantial furniture pieces, such as big upholstery and a banquet-length table, will fill out an open floor plan beautifully, there’s a certain panache in sticking to wood pieces with slender silhouettes. This open living space is proof that tailored midcentury-inspired wood designs can lend gorgeous modern appeal while maintaining the airy feel of the room. Also, the slim designs allow for plenty of walk-around room as well as a compact work space.

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Dining areas tend to veer decidedly formal or casual, so for spring the aim was to find the right balance of light and elevated. A nuanced mix of textures was key. “Whitewashed finishes can bring a lot of lightness to a space, especially on big furniture pieces. With a whitewashed dining table and a white caned sideboard, the dining space instantly had a very light feel,” Alyssa says. “We then gave the space more volume with textiles—a multiblue print that we used to reupholster the vintage wingback chairs and a cream-and-pale-blue tweed for the spoon-back chairs. The upholstery gave a deeper textured feel to the room but had a spring feel in the colors we chose.”

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Multipurpose spaces such as guest rooms provide the best canvas for experimenting with colors, patterns, and designs that might fall just outside of your aesthetic comfort zone. In these spaces, Alyssa suggests starting with details that captivate you. “Sometimes it’s about finding the small elements in linens and other pieces that speak to you as your guide. We really strived for a lot of interesting textures, colors, and patterns here; we brought in a vibrant blue-striped rug, lots of patterned quilts and pillows, a pair of cane-and-bamboo chairs, and a petrified-wood side table that all shared a global look.”

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An easy way to tackle an expansive space is to create a balanced look with your larger furniture pieces. Doubling up sofas for a sumptuous seating area and complementing it with a big dining table and matching chairs will instantly play up a symmetrical look and bring order to your room. From there, you can add smaller moments of contrast, such as this rustic retreat’s mismatched trunks and desk and its framed art in groupings of six. Keeping to a palette of neutrals and natural tones will also add to the light, airy vibe of any wide open room.

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As living spaces move toward more-casual open floor plans, you’ll find that they provide endless opportunities for you to get creative with decorating and your furniture arrangements. After all, open floor plans encourage you to create distinct areas, section off cozy corners, or combine what would normally be different rooms, such as your office and your dining area, into one large multipurpose space. There are definite tried-and-true tricks that can help you master your own open floor plan design—and we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite spaces that are sure to guide and inspire you.

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For a small corner office, “we felt that yellow was a primary spring color that provided a bold pop to a room that usually isn’t known for its flair,” says Alyssa of the yellow silk rug, the golden art and accents, and the sunny leather-upholstered side chair. But the showpiece is one that’s practical and versatile. “The black secretary desk was the key piece in this space. It has a stunning lacquered exterior and a warm gold interior that provides lots of storage space,” she notes. “It’s functional but also eye-catching, so it makes a great addition or anchor in a work space.”

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In open floor plans, rugs are a wonderfully foolproof way to delineate conversation spaces. The large natural-fiber rug in this sitting room provides a firm foundation that ties together the room, while hide rugs layered on top help to demarcate the sleek seating area from the formal piano corner. It’s a particularly clever tactic if your furnishings veer toward the eclectic, as the common thread of layered rugs in each area can help unify the styles and designs.

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With an open floor plan, you have lots of creative freedom to carve out distinct areas that serve specific purposes. If you’re at a loss, try looking to the corners of your space. For instance, this double wall of windows provides bountiful light perfect for a lush nook heavy with potted greenery, while the corner opposite became ideal for a perpendicular dining area. While your two areas can feel distinctly different, you can also create a more cohesive look with color, such as the blue, white, and natural palette that spans both areas here.

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