Having a shared living and dining space is becoming the norm for homes these days. With smaller floor space, and a shift towards modern contemporary styling. The advent of shared living and dining space not only eases the space issues in smaller apartments, but it also gives the home a trendy and fashionable look. But with the combination of these two previously distinct spaces, how do you keep them distinct, yet allow the movement and flow of your home to remain smooth? It’s always important to define the distinct spaces in your home and keeping the living and dining space visually (or otherwise) well defined is no exception.
Why You Need to Define the Spaces
It’s always a question of why you need to do something before you start asking how you should do it. So why do the spaces need to be defined? Well, with more compact homes the smaller floor space means that your furniture and spaces will be closer together. With larger apartments, you would get much more space between the furniture and living and dining spaces, so you wouldn’t need to go out of your way to define these separate entities, the naturally large floor space between them would do that for you.
But without that luxury of space, you lose the natural segmentation and you need to start defining the spaces on your own. With the clearly defined spaces, your home will look a lot neater and more orderly. The clear lines drawn between the different zones of your home will make it easier to keep the home organized. The clear definitions also help alleviate some of the issues with smaller homes. With less space between the living and dining area now, making a clear separation will allow the home to feel less claustrophobic and more pleasant.
So now, let’s move on to how you can define these spaces
Use Different Shapes
If you’re into round dining tables, then half the job is already done! Using a more rectangular sofa for your living space, the edges and lines are more well defined. Whereas, a round dining table will present with a very different appearance, distinct from your living room. In the example above, it’s not only the table, which is round, but even the chairs have a rounded edge to them, clearly contrasting the sharp and well-defined corners of the sofa and pillows. Plus, the round chandelier above the dining space creates another visual cue about these different spaces.
Use The Sofa
Your sofa isn’t just for lounging, but it can also be used effectively to define these spaces. With straight sofas, the back creates the perfect divider between the two areas. With a clear and straight line drawn from the end of the living space, to the start of your dining space, it’s the perfect use of your furniture.
Textures and Colours
With open concept designs, its easy to have your furniture arranged in all sorts of ways to maximize the open space. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still keep the borders of each area clearly defined. With this home, the way they created a distinct living and dining area was to use a different texture and colour palette for each space. With the sofa using a glossy maroon leather, the dining space instead uses a matte wood finish. The clear distinction between the two areas can be easily seen, while the homogeneity within the home is yet preserved. The coffee table in the living space uses the same design as the dining table, but its presence does not create confusion between the two spaces still, owing to its smaller size.
Marking out the Perimeter
Another easy trick is to use a large rug to clearly define your living space. With this home, the rug goes with the earthy tones of the living room, matching the browns and teak wood. But the limits of the rug also help define the perimeter and size of the living area. With its clear margins, there is no question as to where the living space starts and ends. Yet this demarcation does not impede the flow of the home and the open concept living style.
In this other example, the use of two rugs, one for the dining space and one for the living space, creates a very smooth flow throughout the home. This style of furnishing mixes an open styling concept with the more traditional style of segmentation. The result creates a home which still has that large open feeling, but also retains a strong sense of order. With the areas of bare floor creating a natural path, the entire home still flows seamlessly.