Kitchen-dining-living room design: how to correctly combine functional areas

Studio apartment with an air partition for the kitchen area

Studio apartment with an air partition for the kitchen area

The design of the kitchen-dining room-living room as a combined space requires hardly the maximum resources and patience from the owners of an apartment or house. And nevertheless, the combination of a living room, kitchen and dining room into a single whole today is one of the most demanded design solutions for obtaining a modern comfortable home. First of all, at the expense of the owners of small-sized apartments of the Soviet layout, as well as the owners of open-plan apartments of a small area in new buildings. This approach makes it possible to get rid of small cramped spaces (the kitchen and the adjacent room, plus, depending on the layout and design of the corridor), combining them into a single functional space. At the same time, a relatively small area is still allocated for the kitchen, and the rest of the space becomes a dining area / living room..

Content:

  • Combining kitchen-dining-living room: pros and cons
  • Choosing a layout for the kitchen
  • Kitchen-dining-living room design: zoning space

In a spacious room, you can equip the kitchen, dining room and living room practically without zoning the room

In a spacious room, you can equip the kitchen, dining room and living room practically without zoning the room

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Small division of the kitchen-dining room from the living room using wood wall decoration

Combining a living room with a kitchen and dining area

Combining a living room with a kitchen and dining area

Modern studio apartment, conditionally divided into residential and utilitarian segments

Modern studio apartment, conditionally divided into residential and utilitarian segments

So that every square centimeter of the area obtained by combining the kitchen / dining room / living room is used rationally and competently, you should carefully consider the interior of the kitchen before starting work. In addition, such work requires mandatory approval of the relevant services, because the redevelopment is associated with the complete (sometimes partial) demolition of the wall. It should be noted that in this case, the kitchen (as a work area) will actually remain in place, because its location is tied to utilities (water, gas), the transfer of which is not financially and practically justified..

Indoor zoning is possible even without using walls and doors

Indoor zoning is possible even without using walls and doors

Combining kitchen-dining-living room: pros and cons

Redevelopment is a very serious and costly step, both financially and temporarily, so it is worthwhile to determine in advance all the advantages and disadvantages.

Interior of a studio apartment in a minimalist style

Interior of a studio apartment in a minimalist style

The advantages of this approach include:

  • obtaining a large space, which opens up great opportunities for the implementation of various design approaches, solutions and ideas that cannot be implemented in small areas;

Comfortable location of the most necessary areas of the home in a spacious room

Comfortable location of the most necessary areas of the home in a spacious room

  • improvement of illumination – a single area receives, as a rule, two windows, which will now perform their functions more efficiently;
  • the hostess, busy with the chores in the kitchen, is no longer cut off from the whole family, closed on 5 sq.m. While she prepares food or washes the dishes after it, she can freely communicate with other family members or guests, the person in the kitchen still remains in the thick of things;

Dedicated kitchen area with a decorative glass partition

Dedicated kitchen area with a decorative glass partition

  • such a decision is especially justified for families with small children, because the mother, while preparing food, continues to control the child. At the same time, the size of the room allows the baby to be in a safe area, away from boiling pots, gas, sharp knives and other “kitchen” dangers

Wood finishing in the arrangement of the living room, kitchen and dining room

Wood finishing in the arrangement of the living room, kitchen and dining room

  • it is now much easier to organize a dinner party or a group party. On the one hand, there is a place to seat guests, on the other, you do not have to constantly maneuver around the apartment, serving / removing food or drinks;
  • the family gets the opportunity to have lunch and dinner at a full-fledged normal dinner table, and not huddle in the kitchen;

Accent red color in a bright studio apartment

Accent red color in a bright studio apartment

In addition, a single kitchen-living room makes it possible to save some money on household appliances – a large-screen TV located in the living room removes the need to purchase an additional small “kitchen” TV.

If we talk about the disadvantages:

  • the smell of food – even when installing a very powerful hood, some especially strong and specific smells can still spread throughout the room;
  • extraneous sounds – dishwasher, coffee grinder or microwave. And the refrigerator may have to be replaced with a quieter one;
  • increased requirements for cleanliness – if several unwashed plates “hidden” in the kitchen remain practically invisible, for example, until the morning, then this option will not work in a combined kitchen-dining room-living room. In addition, more often you will have to carry out general cleaning – dirt and debris from the working area has an unpleasant tendency to spread throughout the space;

Before you start the reconstruction and merging of different zones, you need to decide whether you want all the rooms to flow smoothly into each other, or all the same partitions

Before starting the reconstruction and merging of different zones, you need to decide whether you want all the rooms to smoothly flow into each other or not.

Choosing a layout for the kitchen

Naturally, the possibilities for choosing a layout directly depend on the area that will be obtained by combining the premises:

  • for spacious large rooms, an island (as an option – a peninsular) layout of a kitchen or kitchen-studio may be suitable. It can include furniture that can be installed with the letter P or a corner kitchen set;
  • for a studio apartment, an L-shaped layout will be optimal. If desired, it can be supplemented with a functional and bright bar counter.

Contrasting white bar counter in a bright kitchen

Contrasting white bar counter in a bright kitchen

The resulting working triangle will be the most ergonomic: the fact that the less space is allocated directly under the kitchen, the more free space the owners will receive. For this purpose, you can install single-row furniture in the kitchen – line up everything that is needed in one line – equipment, sink, cabinets for food and dishes, cutting surface, etc. Due to the compact transforming and rational kitchen furniture, it will be possible to allocate maximum space for the zone and design of the living room.

Compact design of a kitchen-dining-living room in a small area

Compact design of a kitchen-dining-living room in a small area

Advice! In order for the space to maintain unity, all furniture must be selected in the same style..

Harmonious combination of finishing materials and furniture

Harmonious combination of finishing materials and furniture

Kitchen-dining-living room design: zoning space

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Speaking of combining the kitchen and living room, they do not mean their complete mutual dissolution – while maintaining their functional purpose, they simply complement each other. In fact, by combining the premises physically, it is necessary to solve the problem of zoning, i.e. visual separation. Several methods are suitable for this:

  • bar counter – both a newly built false wall and a part of the remaining wall that used to separate the rooms can act in its role;
  • multilevel floor – the kitchen (directly the working area) can be slightly raised, building a kind of podium with a height of 5-15 cm. In this case, the podium can perform not only zoning functions, but also help to hide communications (pipes, electrical wiring);

Dedicated podium kitchen area

Dedicated podium kitchen area

  • combined floor – if tiles are perfect for the kitchen, then for the living room area – laminate, carpet or parquet. Thus, the use of different floor coverings will allow you to delimit the areas of the kitchen, living room and dining room;
  • the island – like the bar counter, is installed on the border between the living room and the kitchen;
  • dining table – can be installed between the kitchen and living room. Ceiling lamps hanging low above it can act as an additional delimiter. This will help to visually divide the space and bring order to it;

Large dining table located between the kitchen and living room

Large dining table located between the kitchen and living room

  • the remainder of the wall – the wall separating the kitchen from the living room, is not completely demolished, but just a large opening with the remnants of the wall is obtained;
  • light partitions – they only partially protect the kitchen from the living room. They can be portable, folding or sliding;

Guest sofa as a zoning item

Guest sofa as a zoning item

  • using lighting – for each area (kitchen, dining room, living room) use different approaches to creating lighting. For example, in the kitchen it can be ceiling lamps, and in the living room it can be a combination of spotlights and a chandelier;
  • color – it can be used to mark the boundaries between different functional areas. For example, calm, neutral tones are more suitable for the kitchen, but for the living room and dining room it is better to use more juicy, bright shades..

Stylish duplex studio apartment in which wooden elements successfully coexist with industrial decor and retro-style furniture

Stylish duplex studio apartment, in which wooden elements are successfully complemented by industrial decor and retro-style furniture

Advice! It is worth considering a place where you can retire, for example, to work, especially if there is no study as such. For these purposes, you can select a small partition, for example, between a cabinet or refrigerator. And as a desktop, you can use a wide window sill.

Using carpets as a division of areas in a room

Using carpets to separate areas in a room

Interesting design interpretations of a single kitchen-dining-living room space can be seen in the video: