Home Buying Help – Money Management Tools – Home Decorating Ideas – Free Recipes

How to Decorate an Open Plan Room

Open-plan rooms can be tricky to decorate. Here are a few tips for making them work.

Photo: Melanie Acevedo

Trendy as loft-like spaces may be, they can be a bit overwhelming when it comes time to place furniture. Here are a few expert tips to help you make the most of those wide-open spaces.

  • Float furniture, such as a couch, with a console or sofa table behind it in the middle of the room instead of pushing it against a wall.
  • Create vertical separation with a pair of table lamps on a console or a large bouquet -- especially one with flowering branches.
  • If you want even more separation and privacy -- particularly for a bed area in a studio -- put a tall bookcase in the middle of the room. This works especially well with a backless bookcase, which can be used from both sides.

Nestpert Kevin Lichten, AIA is a founder and principal of Lichten Craig, a New York architecture and design firm. Find out more at www.lichtencraig.com.

Get more decor ideas at TheNest.com.

-- The Nest Editors

See More: Decor Tricks , Decor Trends , How to , Style Solutions