With open kitchens becoming the norm and condo living increasing in popularity, open-plan spaces are multiplying. Long gone are the days of formal living rooms and enclosed kitchens à la Mad Men. But as much as open-plan living can be a lesson in togetherness, styling a space to encourage family time can be challenging.
Our human instinct is to push furniture against walls—a big no-no for many interior designers—so open-plan living is a chance to experiment with layouts. While walls once provided us with a paint-by-number furniture plan of sorts, the open-plan space is more akin to a blank canvas, where anything is possible. Where do we put the TV? What's the best way to tackle storage? How do we create separate living areas in one big open space? To navigate the world of open floor plans more easily, we're giving you 11 tips that can help inspire your layout. So grab a pen and paper, and draft the living area of your dreams.