An open plan does not always indicate spacious, contemporary, light-saturated—all of the apt expansive terms to describe the ideal décor. The real thing could be cramped, cavernous, awkward, and shadowed. The choices of textures, colors, furniture scale and the storage altogether influence the use as well as the enjoyment of your one-space-fits-all combo of living and dining room. First, you need to analyze the use of both spaces, and then you need to favor the frequent use over the occasional as you work on allocating space. You should link and separate two halves of your space.
Small Does not Cover It
Your fabulous combo living-dining space is usually smaller than the shoebox. The minute you start moving a single piece of furniture into space, you are going to bark your shins. Be tough and think “stage set: to make your pizza-slice of real estate work for your plan. Put bistro and a couple of chairs directly in front of your fireplace, and you can also flank the fireplace with some floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. Next, you should underscore your dining room with a large framed piece of art which is set over the mantel, exactly squared behind your table. A couple of identical wood stools, or some upholstered ottomans which have hidden storage, sit just in front of your bookcases till they are needed for dinner or company guests.
Limited Color Palette
Neutral and monochrome colors can impose the sense of calm over busy shared combo of the living room and dining room, yet that does not mean that you need to settle for dull. White ceiling and walls, white leather-covered, white sectional, or upholstered dining chairs, marble paver floors, and white pendant lamps can pull the space together. Matte black dining table and coffee table, black furniture legs, and the contemporary-styled black-white living-room carpet can help you to define and link the spaces together. Square shapes in a black-white palette further the blend of these areas. Also, you can bring in cube-shaped club seating which is upholstered in nice nubby black will echo the square frames around the square grid of art prints that are wall mounted.
The Sage Advice
Architectural décor posed the one-room-fits-all decorating challenge to some of the favorite designers that had very personalized ideas about décor and spacing. Carleton Varney suggested Coromandel screen, directed lighting, and green plants in order to create a barrier between the functional areas. Another expert, Hugh Newell Jacobson recommended devoting 2/3 of the whole space to the living room seating, equipped with the back of sofa against refectory table of the same length. Chairs which are lined up along the far wall of dining space can turn your long table into a banquet for your guests.
Hiding in A Plain Sight
The last thing that you can do to perfect the overall décor is to invest in wall system which houses your media gear, books, and flat screen and has a fold-down panel which becomes your dining table for six people. You can furnish the space with Mid-century modern good or finds reproduction, which includes a rainbow array of Eames Chairs.
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