How to create a unified kitchen and living area without sacrificing space

It’s a sad reality, but our homes are getting smaller. Over the last decade, urbanisation and various economic factors have forced homeowners to scale back and consider more modest living spaces. Not that smaller residences and modesty are bag things, but they do require extra planning when design a home.

A popular problem solver of this new reality, is the rise of the open-plan kitchen living room. What defines this design trend is placing your kitchen and living area in the same room, using smart layout tricks. The open space essentially gives you the opportunity to be in both rooms – kitchen and living room – at the same time.

To find out more about your options when designing such a small area, we’ve highlighted a few key tricks to make the most of your space: