As open concept homes become increasingly popular, so do multi-use spaces! Browse any home interior magazine (or Pinterest board) today, and you’ll find plenty of noteworthy examples – including many living room-dining room combos. Use these small space-friendly tips to create a stunning living-dining room hybrid of your own!
Choose one color palette to help your living-dining space flow seamlessly.
A singular color palette doesn’t mean everything needs to match perfectly. Instead, it simply means their needs to be harmony between the dining room and living room sections. For example, an ornate, dark wood dining room table sitting next to a chic, white sectional may look out of place. Pick an interior design style and color palette and leverage it across your living room and dining space. This will allow your living-dining room combo to look unified rather than forced or cramped.
Separate the spaces using rugs, shelving, light fixtures, or décor.
You certainly don’t need a wall to create distinct “rooms” within your open concept home. Separate your living room from your dining room visually with the clever use of furniture and décor. A large rug underneath a dining room table or a pendant light fixed directly above can easily create a “zone” around your eating area. A console table placed at the back of your couch with a pair of lamps quickly creates a pseudo wall between your sections.
Leverage multi-use furniture.
If you’re not quite sure how to fit a dining table in a small living room — or you’re sure you can’t – don’t worry! With a little creativity, you can incorporate furniture pieces that will serve dual purposes. For example, putting a console table and some barstools along the back of your couch is a space-saving alternative to a traditional dining room table. Plus, the console table can double as a surface for drinks when you have guests over for movie night. And, with a full view of the television, the barstools can be used as extra living room seating!
Put seating in back-to-back positions to create distinct sections.
It probably comes as no surprise that the way you physically position your furniture can work wonders when setting up a gorgeous space. By facing your living room furniture and dining room furniture away from each other, you form two separate areas that are clearly delineated yet still effortlessly existing together.
Minimize clutter to help the combination-room feel more open and spacious.
One of the simplest ways to ensure your living and dining room combo doesn’t look overcrowded or cluttered is by keeping things tidy and organized. When in doubt, think minimalist. Combining two rooms is a delicate balance, and excess trinkets, wall art, or piles of junk mail can quickly turn a chic combination room into a chaotic mess. Cabinets, wall storage, and furniture with built-in storage can help you keep your open space clutter-free.
Having a dining room in your living room can throw you for a loop. But use these tips and tricks, and you’ll quickly have a place for eating, socializing, and relaxing that can rival Pinterest’s best ideas! Outfit your living-dining room combo with affordable, stylish pieces from your nearest furniture outlet. You’ll find dining room tables, chairs, and living room sets that are sure to fit your space, style, and budget.