Uniform decor creates a pleasant design flow between a kitchen and living room.

How to Make Kitchen Decor Flow Into the Living Room

by Mary Cockrill

Create pleasing design harmony in an open-concept kitchen and living room by making the decor flow smoothly into each space. When you pick out the right wall colors, decorative accents, furniture pieces and textures, you can divide one large room into two distinct spaces without a choppy appearance. Before you begin, establish a decorating budget and determine your family's kitchen and living room needs to furnish them appropriately.

1. Walls

Generate an amicable decorating transition between an open-concept kitchen and living room with monochromatic wall colors. For example, apply a light beige hue to the kitchen walls and a medium beige paint to the living room walls. Solidify the room flow by painting the doors, trim and baseboards in each area dark beige. Avoid white walls or baseboards that can make scuff marks and grungy fingerprints left by your kids more prominent. Look for natural architectural separations to define each paint area, such as a recessed wall, floor-to-ceiling columns, a kitchen peninsula or a knee wall. Create a feature wall in each space with the same paint color or wallpaper to offer a seamless decorating flow between the two areas.

2. Windows and Lighting

Dress the windows in your living room and kitchen areas in identical coverings to pull the two spaces together. Install white-painted wooden blinds with 2-inch slats for a functional window treatment that enhances almost any decorating style. Add draperies in front of the living room blinds to generate a stylish layered look that is in unison with the kitchen window decor. Illuminate the living area with light fixtures to complement your kitchen area. For example, if your kitchen space has contemporary chrome pendant lights suspended over a peninsula, coordinate the living room lighting by installing chrome wall sconces, table lamps with chrome bases and a chrome ceiling light fixture.

3. Floors and Furniture

Make the kitchen floors flow effortlessly into the living area when you install complementary flooring materials to accommodate your family's lifestyle. Cover your existing kitchen floor with low-maintenance, kid-friendly laminate in a design that mimics natural stone tile and fashion a living room floor with laminate planks in a complementary color that resemble natural wood or opt for wall-to-wall carpeting in your living room to provide a cozy texture for bare feet. Furnish your living and dining spaces with coordinated furniture pieces to meet your family's needs and enhance your decorating style. For example, if you have a cottage-style kitchen with weathered cabinets, a farmhouse sink and a white-painted wooden dinette set, a contemporary entertainment unit in glass and chrome disrupts the decorating flow between the two spaces.

4. Accessories

Make your kitchen style flow tastefully into your living room with harmonious accessories. For example, hang pictures of old-fashioned milk bottles, a wire basket full of gathered eggs and an antique truck bed filled with freshly picked corn on your kitchen walls. Complement the country feel by hanging a variety of framed barn prints in your living area. Thread your kitchen's color scheme into the living room with coordinated accent pieces, such as vases, pottery, woven baskets, area rugs, hardbound books, toss pillows and furniture throws. Decorate your living room with accessories in a variety of textures to develop a designer-savvy appearance.

About the Author

Mary Cockrill's education and certifications in interior design and home staging have allowed her to author numerous home-related articles. Cockrill has been a top design consultant for a renowned home store and is the owner of Starwood Home & Gifts, LLC, an interior design, decorating and home staging business. She holds a Bachelor of Science in secondary education with a comprehensive major in office administration.

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