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White open-plan living room with original fireplace, parquet flooring, metal coffee table and neutral sofa

Stylish ideas for open-plan living spaces

It's easy to create an open-plan living room that feels cosy, yet seamlessly linked to the rest of your home. Take a browse through our gallery of inspirational ideas to create a beautiful modern, open-plan living space.

Link two areas, such as a living and dining space, with a unifying colour scheme. Go for timeless soft white or a neutral shade and choose furniture from a similar colour palette for both areas.

In a large open-plan space you also have the freedom to experiment with oversized designs, everything from statement furniture, wall art or a bold, large-scale design on soft furnishing fabrics or an eye-catching rug.

Create zones for different activites so that an open-plan space works well. Furniture can be used to cleverly break up an area with pieces such as storage cabinets being used as a room divider.

Go for a smart piece of furniture that has a mix of open shelving and concealed storage space so that you can view the television and display books and a few favourite accessories.

Stow away more day-to-day items in drawers and cupboard space. Choose from design-led floor-to-ceiling furniture or sleek modern sideboards.

A modular, L-shaped sofa and stylish armchairs can be arranged to create a living area for relaxing and family gatherings. Add a rug and table or standard lamps for a snug look.

All white living space

A mix of different types of furniture can often be too busy or overbearing. For a more relaxing ambience, select furniture from the same colour palette to continue your design theme in two areas, linking them together. Lighter wood finishes such as maple and birch give a feeling of space. Here, an original fireplace, double doors and parquet flooring lend a grand feeling to this spacious, open-plan living room.


Matthew Hilton for SCP at Heal's

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