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5 Ways to Work With Open Layouts

Create functional nooks within a small space

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Photography: Miguel Nacianceno (Main Photos)

Whether you live in a compact condo unit or a sprawling multi-storey home, having an open layout is one of the best options if you want to create an airy and spacious feel. Open-plan areas seem to let air flow freely and natural light to stream into the space with ease.

Aside from these wonderful advantages, open layouts also allow you to enjoy a multipurpose area that maximizes space—you can have a living area that flows directly into the dining nook or a living area that shares space with the bedroom. But while open plans seem to keep the home from looking too cramped, you still need to define the areas with minimal updates. Here are five ideas to help you get started:

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