Tearing down walls to create open floor plans for the living, dining and kitchen area is what open-concept design is all about. For some, separate rooms still hold their charm. But many homeowners today are taking a sledgehammer to their traditional floor plans so they can enjoy cooking, eating and movie watching all in one space. This is why designers of this open concept floor plan placed the kitchen, the dining area and the living space parallel to each other, along a wall with numerous ceiling-to-floor windows that provide a dazzling view of the lake outside. In open floor plans, rugs are a wonderfully foolproof way to delineate conversation spaces. The large natural-fiber rug in this sitting room provides a firm foundation that ties together the room, while hide rugs layered on top help to demarcate the sleek seating area from the formal piano corner. To make open floor plans work, each area of your home should carry one or more style elements over into the next room. For a living room, take your cue from the kitchen's costly-to-change fittings and duplicate their colors in softer textures in an adjacent sitting area. Large glass sliding doors with clerestory windows above stretch across the whole rear elevation of this open-plan space, maximizing daylight in the kitchen, living, dining and study areas. Most often, the kitchen zone – open and functional is linked to some kind of dining area – from simple bar arrangement to the classic dining table – chairs set. And usually, in the open floor concept, the dining area gives the symbolic border between the food preparation zone and the rest of the daily living space.