Decorating an Open Floor Plan

When it comes to home design, an open floor plan is the most popular. You can see this in the majority of homes today.  If you’re not familiar, an open floor plan refers to two or more spaces, such as the living room and dining room, joined together to form a much larger space. An open floor plan makes entertaining easy, creates more useable space and increases the light that emanates throughout this spot in the home. However, more space means more decorating. This can be a daunting task if you are unsure of what direction to take. We have ideas to help make decorating easier, and we’re showing you a bunch of ways window coverings can look in these homes!


Establish Designated Spaces 

While decorating an open floor plan can be tough, designating space in your room can do wonders. This can be done by having area rugs and grouping furniture together. This creates separation but still leaves the room feeling open while also looking like each area has a purpose. 

western mountain home living room with large windows and sliding glass window panels
Duette® Vertiglide on Sliding Door; Sonnette™ Cellular Roller Shades on Windows

Keep the Open Floor Plan Open 

If you are not used to an open floor plan, it can be easy to fill it with items to make it seem smaller. However, it is important to keep it open. Making sure that the space is easily walkable when you add furniture is a must. This not only makes the space more usable but it gives your guests’ eyes a chance to rest before they view the entire room.

Sonnette™ Cellular Roller Shades in an open concept living room
Sonnette™ Cellular Roller Shades

Develop a Strong Foundation 

Continuity is key to decorating an open floor plan space. Keeping the wall paint and flooring the same will ensure that it maintains a unified look. If you want to add some complexity to the space, you can add different hues or layers to accentuate it. Taking these steps will highlight the aesthetic flow of the room. 

Vignette® Modern Roman Shades in an open floor plan room.
Vignette® Modern Roman Shades

Create Lighting Zones 

Giving your home a warm and cozy vibe is always achievable with good lighting. This can be a challenge in an open-concept space. Keeping recessed lighting consistent across the room allows an equal amount of light to be distributed to all areas. Having these on a dimmer can help you create the right atmosphere. Remember that well-placed sconces or a chandelier can have a great impact on your home. This is a great visual for the eyes and can be a wonderful focal point. 

Vignette® Modern Roman Shades on windows, Duette® Vertiglide™ on slider with a table in the corner of the room and a modern chandelier.
Vignette® Modern Roman Shades on windows, Duette® Vertiglide™ on slider

Fit in Window Treatments 

There are factors to consider when you are looking at adding window treatments to your open-concept space. If your floor plan consists of the living area and kitchen sharing a space, you may not want to use the same type of window treatments throughout the entire area. The good news is that you don’t have to. Start by keeping your interior design style in mind as you begin selecting the coverings for your room. We are here to help you pair your style with window treatments that work effortlessly together and fit the windows and doors that you anticipate covering. 

Luminette® Privacy Sheers cover the sliding door; Silhouette® Window Shades cover the windows in a cozy, open floor plan room.
Luminette® Privacy Sheers cover the sliding door; Silhouette® Window Shades cover the windows.

Be Energy Efficient 

It has been stated that an open floor plan is not the most energy efficient. In the winter, the number of doors and windows in the space can cause discomfort through the draft that comes through. In the summer, it may seem like the warm temperatures outside heat up the home to an uncomfortable level. An easy solution to this lies in the window treatments you select. Make sure that you protect your interior with coverings that will keep everyone comfortable.  

wooden french doors with white cellular shades with trackglide system in Reno NV
Duette® Honeycomb Shades with TrackGlide™

Let’s Work Together! 

At Blue Sky Shutters & Shades, we are ready to help you make the best out of your open floor plan with window treatments that will work perfectly in your space! Contact our team today to schedule a FREE in-home consultation with one of our expert designers.