It’s not always easy to visualise how furniture will fit into an open plan kitchen living room layout, especially when you’re starting from scratch. A top tip is to use masking tape to mark out similar-sized shapes on the floor before buying anything new. Your aim is to ensure clear pathways through each zone, to avoid those awkward spots where you accidentally bump into the sharp corner of a chair every day.
For storage, tall, open shelves are an excellent way to create zones while retaining a sense of openness. The key is to keep them uncluttered and decorative with photos, ornaments and artworks, or colourful storage containers to hide odds and ends. To add a sense of intimacy, consider a corner sofa to define the living room as a comfortable haven. In an open plan kitchen, have a breakfast bar with stools under the kitchen bench for casual meals and promote a more formal vibe around the dining table.
Dress each zone with accessories for pops of colour, character and texture. For example, plants throughout the room bring the outdoors in and unify the design. Then, choose patterned rugs, artwork and statement furniture to evoke the right mood in each section.
Throughout the design process, don’t forget to keep stepping back to view the overall look, feel and practicality of the space. Be careful not to fill it up with too much stuff that simply detracts from the ‘open’ part of open plan living room ideas. Keep experimenting with furniture placement in this way and you’ll know when your multi-functional space feels just right for you and your family.