Though this contemporary home is designed with an open plan in mind, the great room is still divided into easily distinguished areas thanks to smart architectural features. The steel fireplace helps define two sitting zones, while the second-floor hallway helps demark the kitchen and dining areas.
The open floor plan in this kitchen creates a perfect entertaining space. The tiered island anchors the kitchen and provides a place to sit while cooking dinner. The pillars across the room provide a visual break between the living spaces while adding architectural interest.
Working from an architectural plan for a yet-to-be constructed new home, the designer relocated the planned entrance and walk-in-pantry to cater to the clients’ wish-list. A double-sided island topped with striated, chunky back-beveled marble takes center stage among amethyst-colored walls.
This great room's sleek, minimalistic design puts the focus on the incredible skyline view outside the floor-to-ceiling windows. Recessed, cove and track lighting make table and floor lamps unnecessary, therefore freeing up floor space and keeping the space uncluttered and open.
The layout of the home's main living areas—seen here, the dining room and a peek into the kitchen—is open concept. Columns are a subtle architectural way to divide up the different spaces without breaking the visual flow.
A few simple architectural details help divide up this open concept living area into separate regions. A column sets the kitchen off from the living room. A partition wall and sconce create a cozy reading nook.
The comfortable living room features a traditional white sectional, elegant pink chair and tufted blue ottoman that is washable and pet-friendly. Striped curtains add bright visual texture to the space, while exposed wood beams create definition between the living space and kitchen.
Working from the architectural plans for a yet to be constructed new home, the designer allocated space for the bedroom, large walk-in closet, and also created the footprint for the en suite bathroom. Stacked wall storage units for paper products are arranged to mimic architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s stacked repetition detail. Flush shower ceiling tile and the wood ceiling alignment created an uninterrupted clean look.
A lowered ceiling panel hovers above the open plan kitchen, one of the home's many stunning architectural details. Glossy concrete floors make a vibrant textural contrast to the kitchen's rough limestone walls.
This open concept home shows off gorgeous architectural details by choosing a subtle dark brown and white color palette. Here, a column differentiates between the kitchen and an alcove with a built-in wine rack.
Soft blue walls set the scene for this open living area that combines the dining room, living room and kitchen, as well as a built-in desk to use as a home office. Architectural details, like the coffered ceiling and archways, bring traditional style to this Bel-Air, Calif., home.
This stunning living and dining space features floor-to-ceiling windows that offer a peek at the sprawling waterfront view. Contemporary touches, like glossy neutral stone floors, zebra print dining chairs and a black patchwork cowhide rug complete the look of the space.
In their kitchen design, AB Design Elements used a combination of lighting systems to work within the space. For an up-to-the-minute look, low voltage cable lighting was installed under the graduated tray ceiling that highlights points of the room but does not visually impair the flow of the architectural features, as the lights seem to float in the room. Recessed lighting, under cabinet lighting and chandeliers are also placed strategically in the room that complement its overall transitional design.
Everywhere you look in this beautiful, AB Design Elements kitchen, the eyes feast upon an interesting, bold architectural feature that works together for a comfortable design. The open kitchen plan allows for a combination of design elements, such as infusing touches of rusticity with exposed beams, wood trim, cable lighting and stainless appliances against the traditional aspects of the cabinetry and floor.