Using black as an accent color on the exterior helps draw attention to architectural details like windows, doors, and trim, and, as the team at Awad + Koontz Architects Builders notes, “gives a modern touch to a traditional home.”
To separate his and her sides of the space, designers attached an intricate cabinet to the wall that hides the shower. This cabinet not only helps define the space, but it also gives the homeowners a place to store their toiletries.
This kitchen was once small and closed in, so Anthony and John from America's Most Desperate Kitchens removed several walls, allowing them to expand the kitchen into the adjacent spaces, creating a larger, more functional area. An exposed brick partition, an ordinary wall that was cut down and cased in brick, remains to give the kitchen and living room spaces a little definition.
The homeowners wanted an open space in their newly remodeled home, but they didn't want their spaces to feel jumbled, so designers achieved this feel in the kitchen by using the cabinets to set the parameters for the space. To create this definition, a peninsula was added on the third "wall" of the kitchen, separating the it from the hallway without making either space feel too closed off, giving each area its own identity.
To help define the sitting area in the midst of this large space, designers started with a neutral rug. Then, they brought in a blue, Midcentury Modern sofa to add seating on the wall side of the space and two oversized, pink Midcentury Modern chairs on the window side to allow light to flow through the seating and into the main entertaining space, helping to create that open feeling in the design itself.
Although the main spaces of this home have an open concept design, clear boundaries are created within that open space through the strategic placement of furniture and architectural elements. For example, the molded heading separates the living room from the kitchen and foyer, while the two armchairs provide clear limits to the living room.
Pocket doors reveal a cleverly hidden second floor laundry room. Previously, this room had a lot of open, wasted space, so designers added a bit of definition to make the space functional, but also to divert the additional space to a room that needed it more. To give this small space a little personality, monochromatic tile was added to the space, making it a bit more funky.
In the center of this home's open spaces is the living room. Here, a wicker sofa, two wicker chairs and two metal chairs provide the bulk of the seating in the space, while adding to the beach style of the home. A blue coffee table with a piece of mounted drift wood rests in the center of the space, while a rug helps to define the living room's boundaries while still keeping it a part of the open concept floor plan.
In the dining area of this Atlanta Beltline loft apartment, a contemporary dining table and dining chairs provide seating for four. To define the space, a black and white woven rug rests underneath the table, while a contemporary light fixture adds continuity with the rest of the apartment.
The homeowners love to entertain, so designers brought in a long dining table and comfortable modern chairs. The table seats eight and provides plenty of room for a dinner party. To define the open space, a tan rug and modern pendant light chandelier highlights the dining area and creates a separation between it, the living room and the kitchen.
To give the homeowners extra counter space, designers opted for a large kitchen island. The sleek design and black cabinets add contrast to the already monochromatic space while also helping to separate the kitchen itself from the connected breakfast nook.