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How to make an open-concept living and dining room feel like their own distinct spaces

With so many new builds including open-concept living and dining spaces, it can become a bit of a struggle to know how to best arrange your furniture for optimum flow. On top of that, finding a way to make one space feel like two distinctive areas isn't as simple as drawing a line down the floor. Jane Lockhart made over one family's living space to help them better enjoy quality time together, and is sharing how anyone in the same situation can make a few changes to improve their own space.

Creating zones in any open concept space is about buiding separation in one larger space,  which adds comfort.  Define one area using a carpet so it feels different, but treat the whole area as one when it comes to drapery or colour choices. Otherwise it will feel choppy. 

Hide clutter on the least visible walls so u don't see clutter when u enter a space.  When you walk into the room, the room you see first is your feature wall, and that wall should highlight your favourite items, and never clutter. Use decorative boxes and bins in less obvious corners to hide the things you don't use on a daily basis. 

You can also create zones by using differnt types of lighting as it will make each section feel different from the other. 

When it comes to choosing furniture for your space, there are a few essentials, like a sofa and dining table, but accent chairs can often throw people off because they aren't sure about size and height since they are generally going to be bordering the living and dining area. 

When buying chairs watch the height of the back of it as it can block the space too much, so consider your ceiling height and your chair back. For tight spaces use smaller tub chairs that sit deeply so they still feel big enough for taller people. And swivel chairs can really help to make a space more functional. 

A chair and a half works in a tight space as a mini sofa and some even double as a single bed. But using this this as a chair in a small space as it will take up too much space, so it's not a good option for everyone. 

If you are really tight for space, try a chair with metal open arms. These  chairs are generally more narrow and fit in tighter spaces without compromising the look or comfort.

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