Q: My condo is a 700 square foot open concept space in a soft grey with dark hardwood floors throughout. How do I define the different areas while still maintaining an open concept with plenty of room to move around when I am entertaining?
A: Sometimes such a clean slate can be overwhelming. Start with a colour palette that will carry on throughout the space. This will give an overall cohesive look and create harmony. A tone-on-tone colour scheme will give you room to play with different fabrics, textures and surfaces while keeping the colours analogous.
The sofa and dining table should be your first purchase, as they will take up the most space. The decision between a sofa or sectional will also play a role in defining the area. An area rug is essential; it creates delineation, without being intrusive. You can then start to form the space around those pieces, like adding a sideboard or an accent chair to create a space that is functional and beautiful. – Mackenzie Boon, Senior Design Consultant for BoConcept Toronto