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How to Decorate an Open Plan Space

Open floor plans have become almost an absolute must in every modern home.  Contemporary homes are all about rooms that flow into one another without any visual obstacles, which can be a decorating challenge for some. The key thing to remember is that having an open floor plan does not mean that each individual area cannot have an identity of its own. Here are a few principles that can help you to organize beautifully and get the most out of your open-plan living space:

Create Spaces Within Your Space
Just because there are no walls doesn’t mean you can’t have different “rooms” in your open space plan. Smaller pockets of space, usually grouped around furniture and art, can create separate spaces within the open plan. Try using large furniture pieces for function or architectural elements as natural partitions to anchor each room.
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Focus Your Accessories
Designing an open plan area can be challenging in that there is so much space to fill. While you might be tempted to fill every square foot with furniture, a few careful arrangements of smaller furniture pieces will complete your room-within-a-room concept.
Photo: Chameleon Design

Photo: Chameleon Design

Delineate the Space with Rugs
Another simple way to organize large, open spaces is by being smart about the positioning of area rugs.  Rugs bring the decor together and clearly create a more organized and curated space.

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Statement Lighting
Another way to set a space apart from the other “rooms” in an open floor plan is to install a distinct light fixture. Defining the dining area with a great statement pendant or globe light will do the trick.

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Use Color to Create Flow
Since an open floor plan demands one uniform backdrop for the entire floor, go with a single neutral color for the walls. Pops of color can then be added as accents in the form of throw pillows, artwork and rugs. In the kitchen, use a new material or color for the cabinets to allow it to stand out as it’s own room.

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Open Up to the Outdoors
Whenever possible, extend your open floor plan even further by incorporating an outdoor room.  A covered porch or patio is extremely versatile and can be used for dining, relaxing and entertaining.
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Home Design Trends // Tufted Furniture

A trend we’ve been loving lately is actually an older look “vintage” look, that’s suddenly new again- tufted furniture. Revived to compliment a modern home by using slightly modified designs along with new colors and materials, tufted furniture comes in a wide range of styles, shapes and forms. From headboards to sofas, to ottomans, pair a piece with your existing home decor to add visual interest and create a look of comfort and familiarity to any room.  Tufted furniture seems to invite you to sit, relax and even take a nap on it!

Tufted Slipper Chair, West Elm

Tufted Slipper Chair, West Elm

Tufted Round Ottoman, Cisco Home

Tufted Round Ottoman, Cisco Home

Tufted Bench, Target

Tufted Bench, Target

Adler Tufted Fabric Platform Bed, Restoration Hardware

Adler Tufted Fabric Platform Bed, Restoration Hardware

Chameleon Design Featured Project: Canvas, Plan 1 // Lakewood, CA

Canvas is a new collection of well-priced town homes in Lakewood, California. The contemporary exterior architecture and color scheme were creatively planned to appeal to the aesthetic of a younger buyer.

Plan 1 is the smallest of the three plans, with 2 bedrooms/2 baths. It has a modern style and a neutral color palette, incorporating pops of color. Walls were painted in creams and warm wood floors provide a nice contrast. White brick walls, a modern glass backsplash and white kitchen cabinets keep it looking fresh.  Bright colorful artwork collections, pillows and accessories add color.

Great Room

Great Room

Kitchen

Kitchen

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Design Studio

Design Studio

Guest Room

Guest Room

Front Exterior

Front Exterior

Home Design Trends // Industrial Chic

While formerly reserved for the likes of exposed brick lofts and industrial condo spaces, the industrial look has woven  its way into the mainstream and homes of both urban-dwellers and suburbanites. With simple shapes and raw materials like galvanized steel, glass and reclaimed wood, the look can be easily incorporated into your own home decor. The beauty of this look is that it’s versatile and fits in well with both traditional and contemporary spaces. Take a look at some pieces below that can easily be woven into existing designs and still make an impact.

Pub Table, West Elm

Bathroom Cabinet, Restoration Hardware

Bathroom Cabinet, Restoration Hardware

Laundry Basket, West Elm

Laundry Basket, West Elm

Wall Sconce, Luxe Home Company

Chameleon Design Featured Project: Crossing at TurnLeaf, Plan 3 // Jurapa Valley, CA

The Crossing at TurnLeaf are new one and two-story homes with 3-5 bedrooms, perfectly sized for outdoor living and entertaining. Plan 3 is the largest of the 3 plans, with 5 bedrooms, including a guest suite, and 3.5 baths. For this model our design theme was “Natural Simplicity,” and we used a color palette of creams and caramels with pops and blues and turquoise. Cabinets were done in rich espresso and tile floors have a wood look that offers a nice alternative to actual wood. We incorporated natural textures throughout such as rattan chairs and light fixtures and reclaimed wood.

 

Kitchen

Family Room

California Room

Master Bedroom

2nd Bedroom

Bonus Room

Front View

Simple Tricks to Modernize Your Interiors

No matter how old your home is, modernizing the look of the interiors can be a challenge. If renovations aren’t in your plans or maybe not even necessary to get the job done, we’re happy to tell you that your home can easily be modernized with some small aesthetic touches.  Here are some simple tricks to bring your home up to date, without breaking the bank!

Make a Statement
With mid-century modern design, less is more. This is especially true when it comes to choosing furniture. Instead of cluttering a room with countless items from the era, choose one statement piece that will serve as the room’s focal point. Perhaps you can splurge on an original Eames chair or set of Eero Saarinen tulip chairs?
Photo: Herman Miller

Photo: Herman Miller

Hang Contemporary Art
The look that contemporary art juxtaposed with the architectural detail of a traditional home is very cool. Seek out artwork with colors that complement your existing furnishings, and you’ve got a foolproof combination. If a new art collection is not in your budget,  you can simply change the way your existing pieces are framed. Choose clean-lined frames in wood (stained or painted) and recycle the gilded molded frames into a mirror for another time.

Photo: Chameleon Design

Photo: Chameleon Design

Mix it Up
There’s nothing wrong with mixing styles and if done correctly this can give your rooms an exciting and modern look. For example, if you have an antique dining room set, keep the beautiful table and replace the wooden chairs. Buy some modern chairs to juxtapose the look of the table and you’ll be shocked at the result.

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De-Formalize Your Rooms
Formality makes most people feel like they can’t touch or sit, which doesn’t allow for a welcoming or comfortable home that you can live in. If you can’t bear to part with grandma’s Victorian loveseat, put it in the living room, but re-upholster it in a bright, new fabric and maybe even throw a patterned rug underneath.

Photo: ngocminhngo.com

Photo: ngocminhngo.com

Avoid Symmetry
The key to creating a modern look is balance over symmetry. Details and accessories, like table lamps and side tables, will look better if they don’t match. In the large scheme of things, this applies to the ratio between styles as well. Adding a little bit of one style to a lot of another makes more sense than dishing it out 50/50.

 

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Photo: Chameleon Design

Pare it Down
I often tell my clients that “modern” does not have to be white walls, floors and furnishings and a stark environment. However, modern is clean and clean is pared down. Delete the clutter and choose the accessories, whatever style, carefully.

Photo: Chameleon Design

Photo: Chameleon Design

 

Chameleon Design Featured Project: Coventry at Turnleaf, Plan 5 // Jurupa Valley, CA

Plan 5 at the Coventry at Turnleaf is 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. We designed the model to have the look of “clean and modern simplicity,” which we created with a mono color palette composed of rich browns and crisp white. Textural accents such as grass cloth wallpapers and paneled walls keep everything warm and grounded. Cabinets were done in a rich espresso wood with creamy quartz countertops and natural stone tiles make up most of the flooring. The natural element is repeated with accessories such as fossils framed as art.

Kitchen

Family Room

Dining Room

California Room

Master Bedroom

Child’s Room

Guest Room

Front View

Great Room

Great Room

Kitchen

Kitchen

Dining Room

Dining Room

California Room

California Room

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Home Design Trends // Textured Walls

We all know that paint or wallpaper can transform the look of a room, but so can one of the latest new trends in home decor- textured walls! Whether you go for wood planks, stone or grass cloth, any of these materials will add amazing texture and depth to your space. Textured walls also offer interest without closing in the room with too many accessories or bright colors that you’ll likely grow tired of. Consider creating a textured focal wall in your entry, living room or master bedroom as seen in some of our recent projects below:

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Infuse Pattern Into Your Home Decor

Patterned furniture and décor should not be left to professional designers alone. Infusing pattern into your space is a great way to tell your story and make your home cozier and more lively. Pattern is very personal and the best place to start is by finding the ones that you really connect with. Think outside of the box and explore the world of pattern a bit before you buy. Living in a world of solids can be boring, but the pattern doesn’t need to be crazy to stand out: artwork, pillows, and fabric are easy ways to incorporate pattern into any space! Start small and build so you don’t get overwhelmed. Here are some of our favorite ways to bring pattern into your home:

Artwork
One of the easiest ways to add interest to any room is through artwork. Artwork can be intimidating for many people but really, it’s all about displaying things you love and you want to look at. It’s about exploring those interests, and seeing how they relate with one another.

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Pillows
Pillows are another great way to update any room – bonus: just change out the covers if you already have inserts! Swapping out the cover seasonally or when the mood strikes is an easy way to change the feeling of a room. You can also move pillows from one room to another to give them new life without buying a thing.

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Chameleon Design

Rugs
Next to accent pillows, area rugs are our best bets for adding pattern without overwhelming a space. A classic stripe in tonal colors is an easy place to start adding texture and personality to your home. Still worried? Ease into it with a runner or small rug in a kitchen or entry, and work your way up to something larger in the bedroom or living room.

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Chameleon Design

Wallpaper
You have a few options when it comes to using pattern on your walls.  Wallpaper, of course, is the traditional way to go, and gives you a variety of choices.  However, you might also consider temporary wallpaper, which you can switch out with your changing decorating tastes or new furniture pieces.  You might also replicate part of a pattern by painting it on a large scale.  The drama of a large pattern can even make a small space seem bigger.

House Beautiful

Window Treatments
Introduce print to your home’s vertical planes without committing to wallpaper by opting to use a patterned fabric for your shades and drapery. A bold-colored print will enliven any neutral space and is a nice contrast to organic textures. A textural shade in classic colors is a good bet for any space where you’d like to project a serene vibe.

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Chameleon Design

Tile
Tiled backsplashes, floors, and bathroom walls are the perfect way to add personality to utilitarian areas. Both the tile itself and the price of installation can be costly, so definitely consider your choice carefully before proceeding. A tonal installation in a classic pattern is an ideal place to start, while a bold geometric design will certainly make a lasting statement.

Better Homes & Gardens

Ceilings
A patterned ceiling is a fun and unusual way to add interest to a space. Whether in the form of painted stripes or tonal wallpaper, an eye-catching ceiling is unique and chic. We especially love the look in kids’ rooms, where it can be easier to get away with a more unusual color combination or bold design.

Domino Magazine

Domino Magazine

Great Park Neighborhoods, Sharestream // Irvine, CA

Chameleon was asked to help create an “Information Center- on wheels” for an amazing master planned community that will take years to build out. Our client wanted something that could be pulled around to a local soccer game or coffee shop to create a memorable buzz and interaction with the public.  We all decided that a lounge- feel would be best for their needs, so everything was taken out of an Airstream trailer and we started with a shell.  We added a fridge and a pop-up window that  can be pulled up to hand out cold drinks. We also built in a banquette and sectional for people to hang out and watch the video on what’s upcoming at this great community.  Sharestream was a memorable project that we’re so excited and proud to have been a part of!