Open plan living room ideas for a multi-functional home

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Open plan living room ideas can support a multi-purpose approach to living (Image credit: Tile Mountain)

Open plan living room ideas frequently top the list when looking at living room design. We often expect our homes to work hard, providing us with multi-functional spaces that we can work, eat, play and relax in. But when it comes to actually making this work in just one big room, it can sometimes feel like an impossible task.

Can you really make the clean, uncluttered appeal of open plan living work when your living room needs to house a dining area, a study, sometimes a playroom and is often located off or near a kitchen?

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Emma Deterding

Emma Deterding is a leading interior designer who has been named among the top 100 in the world. With over 25 years of experience, Emma has honed her ability to offer well thought-out schemes for private clients, embracing colour and pattern and using them to their maximum effect in every room within the home. 

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Marlena Kaminska

Marlena is a dynamic digital designer with a background in interior design. Taking a lead design role at home lighting brand ValueLights, Marlena merges her interior and digital design prowess to bring innovation and style to the world of lighting.

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Abbas Youssefi

Abbas Youssefi is the director of independent tile retailer Porcelain Superstore, which he founded in 2014 alongside his brothers Ben and Sam. Tiles are in his blood. Growing up, his parents owned their own tile shop and armed with industry knowledge, Abbas and his brothers scout the tile factories of Europe and beyond to handpick the best tiles for their customers.

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Debbie Leigh

Debbie is an expert in creating beautifully coordinated fabric collections that can be easily combined to create harmonious interior schemes. With more than 30 years of experience, she takes every design from conception right through to the finished textile – inspired by the latest trends and techniques from every continent.

Sarah Harley
Assistant Editor

Sarah is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Assistant Editor and joined the team in 2024. An established homes and interiors writer, Sarah has renovated and extended a number of properties, including a listing building and renovation project that featured on Grand Designs. Although she said she would never buy a listed property again, she has recently purchased a Grade II listed apartment. As it had already been professionally renovated, she has instead set her sights on tackling some changes to improve the building’s energy efficiency, as well as adding some personal touches to the interior.