Living in a modern apartment complex like these apartment rentals in Toronto can be a great choice, especially for the young professional. Apartments tend to be in great locations, close to local amenities and trendy hotspots, fantastic value for money and they can come with modern fixtures, fittings and gadgets. Many newer apartments and even houses are designed with an open plan living space. Which means your lounge, dining room and kitchen are all in the same room. This type of space can be great. Here is how to make sure it works for you.

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Create Zones

In an open plan area, it’s important to define clear zones. Make it obvious which parts of the room are the kitchen, dining area and living room. Without these zones, things can look messy and unordered.

Use Furniture to Divide

If there is enough space, consider adding a breakfast bar to separate the kitchen from the rest of the space. A high-backed sofa is another great way to divide the room without taking up extra space. If you want the division to be more obvious, consider adding a screen, curtain or positioning a large bookshelf up the middle of the room instead of against the wall.

Organise

Having an open plan living area means you can’t be messy or cluttered without everyone seeing. Keep your living area tidy, making sure you’ve got enough shelves and cupboards to store things out of sight. There are some great hidden storage ideas you could use, including, a coffee table which opens up, hanging things on the backs of doors and under seat storage. When it comes to your kitchen space, solid cupboard doors, as opposed to glass, will help you hide things.

Another great tip here is to make sure your sofa doesn’t face the kitchen. So, if ever you feel like leaving the washing up for next morning you don’t have to spend the whole evening looking at it.

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Consider smaller than average sofas, bookshelves, dining and coffee tables. You could also wall mount your TV and have as few kitchen appliances on display as possible. This will help make the space look larger.

Heating and Ventilation

Think about what is going to happen when you are cooking. Try to make sure there is a window in the kitchen area or at least make sure you have a good extraction system installed.

Make it Flow

Use colour to help your rooms flow into each other. Consider keeping the walls neutral but carrying one bolder colour throughout your rooms and accessories. For example, you could have purple cushions and soft furnishings flowing through to a different shade purple placemats in the dining room and appliances in the kitchen. Colours are a great way to make sure the spaces work together while staying clearly separate and divided.

When it comes to flow, you should also think about your layout. Ideally, you want the dining space between kitchen and lounge so you’re not carrying food through the lounge space all the time.

Open plan living spaces are becoming more popular all the time. Use your décor to create a cool and personal space which you feel proud of.