Combined Dining And Living Room

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Combined Dining And Living Room – Today we face the age old dilemma… what do I do when I have a room that needs two purposes? How do I design a cohesive room?! Technically it could be living room and dining room, living room and home office, dining room and kitchen… but for this little scenario let’s focus on the whole living room/dining room situation. Why?

Hi Betsy, My living room and dining room are basically one big room but I want to decorate them to make it clear that they are two separate areas. I don’t even know where to start! thank you – Sydney

Combined Dining And Living Room

Combined Dining And Living Room

Well Sydney, I have 5 quick and easy solutions for you…let’s start with the most obvious solutions.

Ideas For Combining Your Living And Dining Rooms

It may seem like a silly thing to do but it’s amazing how easy it is to overlook simple solutions. When trying to create two different areas in the same room, try to plan each area strategically.

This doesn’t mean pull out a map and make a battle plan, but make sure you treat each area as a separate room. Mark each area (physical or mental…whatever works for you) and plan accordingly.

When you’re trying to create two separate spaces, it helps to draw a visual line with a large piece of furniture. The most common solution is to position your sofa so that it cuts the room in half. Since your sofa is usually the largest piece of the room, you will have a clear line in the middle of your space!

Bonus tip: If your space is too small to walk between your areas, but still needs to function as two spaces, place your desk or table directly behind your sofa. In the case of a table, a bench can be folded for quick and easy seating that you can take out for company.

Small Living Room And Kitchen Combined Design

Of course, if you have space in your living room for a small sofa, a sofa table is a perfect way to divide your space. Place it directly on the back of your sofa and place some taller objects on top (like a lamp or a basket). Visual height will further help divide the space.

Maybe it will give you hives, but I’m a bit carpet obsessed, so it makes me crack up inside!

Rugs are a big ticket item, they add texture and softness to your space, but the best part is that they actually cover space within your area. Even if the rug is underneath, it will visually divide your space…two rugs, two areas, two spaces, one room.

Combined Dining And Living Room

It can be a bit more difficult… especially since not every room is big enough. If your room is large enough, the easiest way to divide a room into two spaces is to separate them with a curtain. The physical space is amazing … bonus points for a longhouse manager to visually create a path.

Open Floor Plan Decorating Ideas Straight From Designers

Just look at the physical separation between the kitchen and the living room. There is obviously a lot of space (it looks like an entire dining room!) which helps to define the difference between each space.

Instead of a gallery wall that takes up an entire space (like tip #2!) use art to define each area. A large painting or piece of art above each piece helps to visually define each area as a clear space. Try to use artwork that is the right size for the room…as big as you can without losing balance.

Remember Emily Gilmour’s Richard Fracke photo of the year? Yes? It’s fine as long as you’re actually trying to make a statement

Use your furniture as a reference. If one area is your living room area and is connected to the sofa, your art should not be bigger than the sofa. I have found that about 2/3 the length of the bed is the perfect size for a

Reveal: Dining Room Office Combo With Diy Built In Storage Banquette

Bonus tip: If you go with a gallery wall, make sure it looks like a cohesive unit with a clear break before the next section.

That’s it! My top 5 tips for designing a combined living room and dining room! If you liked my tips, don’t forget to attach a photo. Hope this answers your questions Sydney… Good luck with your room!

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Combined Dining And Living Room

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Tips For Decorating A Combined Living & Dining Room

Most of us have an open living room and dining room these days. They are par for the course in modern homes. But often I see a lot of mistakes when so many of my project clients don’t know how to fix them.

Usually these mistakes are visual mistakes in the style (like wrong colors or patterns or shapes of furniture). But then there are also many functional problems of the open space that make it difficult to use the living room and dining room every day.

If you’re shaking your head at much of what I’m saying, this post will blow your mind. Below I share all my living and dining design tips, furniture tips and open plan inspiration to improve this area of ​​your home.

So many open living and dining rooms I walk into feel like kids at a school disco. You know, all the boys on one side and all the girls on the other with a big gap in between?

How To Decorate A Living Room That Doubles As A Dining Room

Often people are forced to place the beds directly against the walls when they are not needed. Give them some breathing space, especially if the space in question is large. Pulling them 10 to 20 cm from the wall gives a feeling of more space and air, which can make the area feel more comfortable.

This is especially important when it comes to sofas and windows. If your space is large enough, leave a good gap of 60 cm behind your sofa, between it and the window. People are often afraid that the furniture will cut into the window. But if you give it a bigger gap, it feels more intentional and refined.

I find dining tables too set into the wall because people feel they need to have a big ramp on one side to get to another area of ​​the house. That’s an open rookie mistake if I’ve ever seen one.

Combined Dining And Living Room

Ideally, in each room, you want to create corridors. For basic straight movement you place the furniture in the middle of the space. It tells you (and others in the home) how to move in and around the space. With that in mind, it’s perfectly acceptable (and the best design choice, really) to have the dining table in the middle of the room with a path around it.

Ideas For Living Room And Dining Room Combos

You want to be able to move completely around your desk from all angles. If this is not possible, it is usually because the table is too large for the room. If so, I say you better admit your mistake and buy a smaller table. Let it claim its rightful place in the dining room, along with the living room.

If your dining room is on the cheap, check out this post on how to design a smaller dining room.

We are talking here about ideal scenarios when it comes to the best design for open plan dining rooms. Each of us has our own unique place to deal with our challenges. But if you can apply this rule, it is worth following.

The dream is that you can sit on the couch and talk to someone sitting at the dining table (or in the kitchen). You want to orient the bed so that it doesn’t completely cross the room, so people in the kitchen and dining room look behind you.

Gray Kitchen Dining Living Combination

It is better to have a sectional sofa with its back going through two walls, then a chair in front of it, with its back to the dining area and kitchen. It also keeps the living room open, instead of having a long sofa that prevents you from entering the space.

I know the rule of three can’t always be followed with the back sofa sitting against a wall in an open plan.