Open-plan living has revolutionised the way in which we interact in a home environment. The multi-faceted spaces open lines of communication and form the central hub of the family home.

Gone are the days when one poor soul was segregated in the kitchen to cook dinner while everyone else bundled into a separate living area. Fast forward to the modern interior layouts available today, where you can cook up a storm while also enjoying the latest Netflix binge along with the rest of the family.

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But for all the benefits gained by bringing everyone into the same open-plan space, it’s important to perfect the flow to ensure your open plan layout works in perfect harmony. Here’s our guide to getting it right:


How to furnish your open-plan living space

Zone out


First up, even though open space is the goal, in practice you’re still creating individual ‘zones’ within the floorplan. Dividing the room into logical zones for eating, chilling and perhaps working from home keeps it cosy and functional at the same time.

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You can create and define your zones using feature rugs and clever placement of furniture. Mark out the living room by arranging two separate sofas or an L-shaped unit around the edges of one rug. Face the back of one sofa towards the kitchen bench, so there’s a clear view of the TV for the designated cook. Ideally, this living zone should be close to patio doors to make the most of natural light during the day.



Your dining table is a hero feature that helps to carve up a space further. Opt to place another bold rug under it, or contrast this from the living area by leaving floorboards exposed. Positioning your dining table close to the kitchen is a no brainer, but in an ideal world it will also be near patio doors. That way you can spill out onto an outdoor entertaining area, especially during summer. A feature pendant is a great way to make a dining area shine and softens the effect of high ceilings in an open space.

If you have a home office nook, keep it close to the kitchen for regular cuppas and snack breaks, and ideally near a window for good natural light and to help keep you feeling inspired. Keep your back to a distracting TV.

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Creating distinct areas gives the whole layout an attractive visual feel that also makes sense in terms of functionality and how you use the space daily.

Divide and conquer


On top of using rugs and furniture as handy room dividers, consider the big canvas offered by your walls. By splashing specific walls with a lick of paint or stylish wallpaper, you can create a feature area that further marks out individual spaces that have different daily uses.

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Go with the flow


Even though you’ve marked out individual spaces within your open-plan layout, it’s important they feel connected. If you place furniture away from walls and position the back of sofas towards the centre of the room, you can create clear ‘corridors’ between individual zones. This makes it easier to move through the room and encourages positive Feng Shui.


Think about repeating signature details within each space that tie the individual ‘rooms’ together. For instance, if your dining table is an oak wood, pick up similar wood tones in your living area coffee table. Consider using metallic or textural stone accessories throughout to add a pop of luxe.

While it’s good to have a cohesive, neutral palette, introduce bright pops of colour or bold geometric patterns with your rugs to offer a touch of personality and character. Circular or oval-shaped side tables, pouffes and dining tables can help soften the angles of a big rectangular box floor plan. As can rounded mirrors and curved floor lamps that reach over individual ‘rooms’.

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Modular furniture mounted on wheels can be a clever and versatile way to reinvent your space and gives you the ability to switch things up as needed. Entertaining? Great, you can quickly move everything around to add space to cater for your guests.  

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