An open plan living room is a popular design choice for many homeowners today and can be a great way to create a spacious and airy feel in your home for easy entertaining and gatherings. However, it can also present some challenges when it comes to defining different areas or zones within the space. Explore with us a few ways to define spaces in an open concept living room.

Furniture Grouping

Furniture can be placed to create distinct areas within an open concept living room. By positioning related pieces together, you create visual boundaries between different zones. Additionally, using pathways and considering the navigation can aid in creating a clear flow throughout the room. While grouping may be sufficient in some cases, it can also be combined with other methods to further define space, like using a large sectional sofa to separate the living room from the dining area or using a bookshelf as a partition to divide the living room and the home office.


Rugs are a great way to create a sense of separation and can be used to create defined spaces in an open concept floor plan through strategic placement. Carefully choosing the right size, color, and shape of rugs for the desired space can effectively define areas.

The timeless elegance of a round rug


Proper lighting is crucial for creating a sense of division and emphasis within a room, and with the use of pendant lighting, chandeliers, or other lighting fixtures, a focal point or central area can be established. A combination of overhead lighting and table lamps can create a cozy reading nook, while floor lamps can be used to create a more dramatic ambiance in the living room.

Experience the joy of reading


Another effective way to define space is by utilizing a consistent color scheme in various ways. This method can be used to distinguish areas within an open floor plan and can also be taken further by incorporating distinct vibrant colors or a greater density of a particular color to define specific zones and link furniture groups together. It’s important to choose colors that align with the overall design theme and color scheme but experimenting with complementary contrasts can also add visual interest.

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