Open space is a concept that you often see in modern homes.

Some time ago, I talked about how to divide an open space kitchen and living room.

Today, I want to give you some tips to make your open space beautiful and functional.


It’s essential to understand how you want to use the available space to figure out how to furnish it.

Generally, in an open space, there are three areas:

– Kitchen

– Dining area

– Living room

To make the open space functional, you need to determine how you use these three spaces:

Do you have many guests for lunch or dinner? In this case, you’ll need an appropriate dining table and prioritize that area.

How do you use the living area?

Do you want to have a kitchen island?

The answers to these questions will determine the layout of the various elements.

The same room can be furnished in different ways.

For instance, if you often have guests and enjoy conversations with them, it might be ideal to position the elements so that the three areas communicate with each other, making it easy to move from one place to another.

On the other hand, you might want to keep the zones well-separated by using the back of the sofa as a divider if you enjoy using the living area for watching television!

It will also be vital to keep in mind the size and shape of the room to buy furniture and elements that are proportionate and scale-appropriate for the available space.

In small spaces, you’ll need to give greater importance to the area you use the most to ensure that the rooms are truly functional.

When you have ample space, it’s still important to consider the space as a whole, even when divided into areas.

In this case, it’s also paramount to avoid placing furniture against the walls but create central areas to make the transitions flow smoothly.

Studying the shape, dimensions, and how you use the room will help you understand how much furniture to buy and how to position it so that the space represents you and is functional for your needs!

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In an open space, it’s important for each area to “communicate” with one another!

Style, colors, and shapes should be visually similar to create harmony.

If you have a very modern and minimalist kitchen but a rustic-style living room, the contrast will be strong and visually divide the two areas!

Of course, this doesn’t mean that you can’t mix styles; rather, the mix should be present in all areas!

If you want to create some division between the different areas, you can use furniture or other elements, as explained here, but it’s better to maintain a consistency of style!

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It’s paramount to have a cohesive color palette and, as with style, use it in all three areas of the open space.

To create a sense of unity, use a neutral color on all the walls and incorporate colors into furniture and accessories (two or three, but not more, I recommend) to add some movement and character to the open space.

On the other hand, if you want to divide the different areas optically, you can change the wall colors, but the important thing is to keep the color palette the same throughout all the open space.

That way, you’ll create a virtual division while maintaining harmony!

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Ensure that the different zones communicate with each other by seeking connecting elements.

As mentioned before, definitely utilize the same style or a mix of styles and distribute the color palette skillfully throughout all the spaces.

You can also use shapes and materials!

For instance, you could use the same metal for the legs of the coffee table in the living room, a candle holder on the dining table, and as handles for the kitchen cabinets!

Doing this creates a certain rhythm, which is one of the fundamentals of interior design (discover the others here!).

Repetitions of colors, materials, patterns, and textures tie the spaces together, providing harmony and unity that are never boring!

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The discussion about flooring is somewhat similar to that of colors:

– if you want to maintain space homogeneity, it’s good to use the same flooring throughout;

– if you want to create a sense of division, especially for the kitchen, you can change the flooring, of course, but try to incorporate the same color or pattern in the other areas!

However, if the space is small, the advice is to keep the same flooring, or at least the same color, to avoid a sharp interruption.

In small spaces, sharp interruptions can visually shrink the rooms even further!

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It’s paramount to define the various areas very clearly!

Saying this may seem contradictory to what I mentioned earlier, but even while maintaining style and color consistency, it’s good to define the different zones.

You can divide the areas by positioning the furniture in a certain way, such as placing the sofa with its back to the kitchen/dining area. Alternatively, you could use rugs!

Rugs are fantastic because they not only help define spaces but also add warmth and texture!

If you use more than one rug, for example, one in the living area and another under the dining table, make sure they have something in common.

It could be the same pattern but with different tones (in line with the color palette), or vice versa, the same shades but different patterns!

They can also share the same colors and patterns but differ in shape, such as having a round rug under the table!

When it comes to rugs, pay attention to the dimensions!

As you know by now, it should accommodate all the elements or at least the front feet for the living area, while, for the dining area, you should also consider the space needed to move the chair when sitting down!


Another way to define the areas could be to use dropped ceilings to lower one of the zones!

That is a great idea and can be actually effective in visually separating different areas of an open space.

By creating a lower ceiling in one specific area, you can clearly demarcate the boundaries between the spaces while maintaining a cohesive overall design.

It’s an architectural approach that adds an interesting dimension to the interior design of the open space.



Maintain a certain uniformity for the general lighting using the same color temperature, preferably a natural one (around 4000 kelvin).

Then, add table lamps or floor lamps in the living area with a warmer color temperature, which will also promote relaxation.

Place a light above the dining table and, if present, over the kitchen island.

Having various points of light will not only provide adequate illumination but also highlight each area correctly!

The lamps should ideally have some common elements, either in terms of shape or color, to maintain consistency in the overall design!

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In an open space, it’s essential to have the same window treatments!

That doesn’t necessarily mean having the same curtains on all windows because, for example, draped curtains might be impractical in the kitchen but perfect for the living room!

In using different types of curtains, however, make sure that they are perhaps of the same material and color so that here, as well, there is a common thread!

It’s also essential to hang the curtain rod at the same height, even if you have windows of different sizes.

That helps maintain some visual order and makes everything look more cohesive.


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Open-space: ideas for dividing kitchen – living room…

The kitchen and living room are two rooms with quite different functionalities, but are now often seen together in one open-space!

There are pros and cons to having the kitchen and living room in one open space: on the one hand, we have more space, not having dividing walls, brighter rooms, and you definitely increase conviviality because you can talk to guests even while cooking.

On the other hand, the classic clutter in the kitchen, when preparing food, absolutely cannot be hidden, and even all the smells cannot be “enclosed”!

But how do you furnish an open space?

It is a good idea to try to keep, at least optically, these 2 environments separate, emphasizing their different functionalities.

There are at least 7 different ways to create division between these two areas…

Let’s look at them together!


Lowering the ceiling of either area (tends to be better in the kitchen) and perhaps using spotlights will give the impression of an effective division.

You can also do the opposite and decide to raise the kitchen one or two steps: this, too, will divide the two areas.

If the final effective height allows, you may decide to use both the platform and the false ceiling, thus creating two different rooms!

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If the room is large and spacious, you can place a counter, island, or peninsula (depending on the shape of the kitchen) that delimits the cooking area from the living room.

It will also be super functional as a work surface, and why not as well as a snack table!

In this case, placing the stools so that you sit with your back to the living room looking at the kitchen will emphasize this division even more.

Using lights that “fall” on this top will further help to give the idea of separation!

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The couch placed in this way, so that whoever sits down has his back to the kitchen and looks at the living room will act as a dividing “wall” between the two areas!

Adding a beautiful large rug in front of the couch will, even more, help keep these two spaces optically divided.

If, by chance, the back of the couch is not too visually appealing, you can always put some console table or, even better, a container cabinet, which, in addition to dividing the two rooms, will give more storage space!

Then if the space is tiny, you can lean the couch against the long side of the dining table!

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        Open-space: 6 idee per dividere cucina e soggiorno



Using different colors or materials for the floors of the two areas will give the impression of two divided rooms.

It is always a matter of optical!

Of course, a sharp line separating these two floorings is not mandatory, but the two surfaces can also meet in a playful and “softer” way by playing with different shapes.

Open-space: 6 idee per dividere cucina e soggiorno


Open-space: 6 idee per dividere cucina e soggiorno



Color is quite an incredible ally!

You may decide, for example, to divide the living room and kitchen by using a different color for the walls.

As with flooring, platform, or fall ceiling tiles, it is a matter of optics: the eye, seeing different colors, perceives different environments!

You can dare by coloring with the same color as the walls, even the ceiling creating a kind of box effect for the kitchen!

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       Open-space: 6 idee per dividere cucina e soggiorno

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Open (that is, bottomless) bookcases can be extraordinary dividing elements.

They, indeed, will delimit spaces, but without totally closing them off, allowing glance and light to pass through.

If there is not enough space for the thickness of a bookcase, you can create different open partitions, using, for example, wooden slats, or creating honeycomb or lattice structures…

The important thing, in this case, is that they are full height and create a visual separation, but not a sharp one: you must be able to glimpse what is on the other side!

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                Open-space: 6 idee per dividere cucina e soggiorno



Stained glass windows are a great alternative to divide the living room and kitchen.

They create separation but keep the brightness intact!

They are ideal for those who would have liked two separate rooms because you also have the option of totally and effectively closing off the kitchen!

That will allow you to really have two separate rooms, but without losing all the advantages that open space offers!

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                        Open-space: 6 idee per dividere cucina e soggiorno


As always, with a bit of caution and balance, you can also create divisions by using two or more of these listed solutions together!

If you have an open space tell me how you furnished it in the comments, I’d love to get to know you better!

Also, write if you are furnishing it and have any doubts, I will be happy to answer you!

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