Four tips for creating open-concept designs that flow perfectly

With the cost of houses on the rise, many people are choosing to sacrifice space for a better location, and in doing so need to rely on strategic design so they don't have to lose out on functionality within their space. Glen Peloso shares a few of his tips for getting the most design out of your small space. 

Remember “Form Follows Function” in Any Design Project
Think about the space in functional zones: entrance, dining room, kitchen, living room, office, library etc
Then, set up that zone to function and then have each zone play with the other, just like how you plan your outfits each day. Each piece of clothing has its own function, but ultimately they all have to work together to build an outfit. 

Think About Flow
If you were to take your floor plan with furniture in it and turn it on it's side and pour water from the top, how would it flow though the space? You'll get the best flow by choosing pieces with smooth edges and soft lines. Think round dining tables, and arm chairs placed on angles. Don't chop up spaces by putting a large sofa in the middle of the room to separate the living room and dining room. 

Make The Most Of Your Walls
If you're short on storage, as most of us are, use vertical space rather than floor space. Adding shelves lets you save on that precious square footage on the floor for better flow. Accessories with storage are also key.

Choose Lighter, Multi-Functional Pieces
Whether it's two corner chairs that can be pushed together to create a love seat, or two square storage benches that double as chairs or a coffee table, don't limit yourself with furniture that only has one purpose. 

Glen featured the following items in studio:
Midnight Garden paint colour from Dulux
Bart Cart, Corner Chairs, Tiffany Cubes, Lamp from Peloso Alexander Interiors
Art from Wendover Art
Rug from Homesense
Barware - Trudeau