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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 define 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 isn't ideal to have items pushed against the walls.
Add interest with architecture. Columns, beam work, and interesting ceiling features 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. The key to a successful open plan is defining and connecting the spaces. Get some inspiration from the designs below and keep reading for more tips!

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