Special Nonexistent Furniture

Use area rugs to define your living room space. Ensure it's large enough so that (at least) the front legs of all major furniture sit on it.
In addition to a dining table and chairs, use a statement light fixture, such as a pendant or chandelier, to mark the dining area.
Use your furniture to direct the flow of traffic. Try to keep a clear pathway between connecting spaces.
Don't be afraid to place furniture in the middle of your room. In an open plan, it doesn't work to have items pushed against the walls.
Add interest with architecture. Columns, beamwork, and interesting ceilings keep an open room from feeling like one big, boring box.

It's no surprise that open concept living spaces are so 
popular. They feel light and airy, and allow for people to spend time together even if they aren't doing the same activity. One person (or group of people) can be cooking in the kitchen, while another group congregates in the living room. Whether you love to entertain, or just want to keep an eye on your kids, a large "great room" can be the ideal layout. But the key to a successful open plan is defining and connecting the spaces. Get inspiration from the designs below and keep reading for more tips!