The open concept design of the home's main floor with the kitchen, dining area and living room lets all spaces have the benefit of the ample natural light. A polished stone floor helps to visually connect the different areas.
Dark accents unify this soaring open plan space from the wood beams in the vaulted ceiling to the window frame down to the black barstools. The pendant lights literally and visually help draw a connecting line from top to bottom.
A cantilevered spa above the lower pools makes for a spectacular visual. From here, guests can take in the full scope of this outdoor space and see how the landscape architects used different paths and stairs to connect the various areas.
Wood beams not only draw attention to the high ceilings, but also visually connect the master suite to other rooms in the house. In turn, the space feels clean and cohesive, with sliding glass doors that open onto a private patio.
On the far side of the kitchen, those striped hardwood floors transition to tile and delineate the owners' breakfast nook. Here, a red leather banquette and funky chairs bring some midcentury style to the space and visually connect back to the living room.
A brown and neutral tile walk-in shower makes efficient use of this bathroom's corner space. The glass door keeps the space from feeling too dark and the tile stripe extending over the doorframe visually connects the shower to the rest of the room.
Pale wood and gray marble define this contemporary kitchen, which features oversized pendant lights above the island's waterfall countertop. White cabinetry is sleek and streamlined. Nearby, a butler's pantry features the same pale wood as the kitchen, visually connecting the two spaces.
Designers wanted to create a reception area that feels very connected, but also has clearly defined spaces, so they chose to incorporate elements into their design that would visually separate each one. In the waiting area, built-in bookshelves wrap around the chairs for waiting clients; in the reception space, wood paneling and artwork provides definition. Finally, the main office space is hidden behind a set of pocket doors that can be opened or closed, per the needs of the situation.
Clean-lined metal barstools with no backs tuck neatly under the kitchen island and leave the sightline open, a plus in this open concept space. The kitchen's white walls and backsplash help visually connect the room to the rest of the home.
Just across the wall from the living area is the home gym. Separated from the rest of the space by a glass wall, the gym contains a television, built-in shelving for storage, work out machines and a sparring pad. The two-way fireplace pushes heat into this space, allowing the homeowner to get the most out of his workout. The glass wall that separates the spaces allows the gym to be visually connected to the rest of the basement, while remaining physically separated.
This kitchen sink has a view of the distinct built-in living room shelving. An open wood bar counter connects the two spaces and adds visual interest to this vignette. Yellow and red patterned backsplash adds a pop of color to this otherwise neutral space, connecting it to the red wall and rich wood shelving in the living room. An intricate detailed entertainment center filled with interesting wood and earthy accessories provides the focal point for the living space and the view from the kitchen sink.
Even though the spaces are visually connected, the exposed beams in the kitchen and the exposed brick floor help to keep the spaces separate. The dining room continues the rustic charm with the elegant farmhouse table and bench seating, but Joanna infused the rustic style with a modern twist-the patterned rug. This rug helps make the space more fun, as well as tying it to the black hutch, a stylish and functional piece where the family stores their dishes. As seen on Fixer Upper.
Kortney and David knocked out the home's existing walls to create one open, visually and physically connected space where three separate, closed off spaces had been. They even opened the staircase to allow natural light to flow through this space as well as the kitchen, dining room and living room. The removal of these walls creates a clear line of sight from the front door through to the kitchen and back again, keeping the home's first floor feeling light, bright and open.
Industrial-inspired sliding glass doors allow access from the dining room onto this deck. The deck is painted gray to visually connect with both inside and outside. A large planter with a weathered finish contrasts the clean, crisp walls, adding a more natural touch to the space.
This striking white kitchen, as seen on HGTV's Live In Vern's House, features an open-plan kitchen that connects to the living area. Vibrant orange accents and flea-market finds, as well as international and Asian-inspired elements, help fill the space with visual interest and a playfully contemporary vibe.
Part of the family room, this bar had to be both fully functional but also still tie in aesthetically with the rest of the space. Recyled glass/concrete countertops and an antique glass backsplash adds loads of visual interest as well as durability. The bar top matches the rooms fireplace ledge, connecting the spaces beautifully. Lucite barstool backs keep it light and allows the eye to move easily throughout the space.
Designer Elissa Russo creates this hallway focal point with a photograph in a burled wood frame to connect visually to the antique chest beneath. Alone, the photo would have been too small, floating in space above the heavy piece of furniture. But the trim and the carefully placed objects on the trunk create an eye-catching tableau.
Finding room to seat six around a dining table is a challenge in just about any New York apartment. Leyden, however remembers the dining room as being one of the easiest rooms to design. The live-in art gallery feel of the home continues in this space with pieces on display on every wall and the cute ceramic banana centerpiece on the table. Though directly connected to the living room, the dining room feels distinct and separate, which is an intentional result of the design. “It’s all one space,” Leyden maintains, “with visual links and details to designate one area from the other.”