In modern design, space saving is one of the main concerns. It can be quite difficult to create an interesting interior and at the same time save space as much as possible, but it is quite possible. One of the clever tricks that help to do this is combining several rooms at once. The kitchen and living room combined into one space is one of the most common options that are popular among modern housewives.
The advantages of a combined living room-kitchen
There are many advantages to this type of room. First of all, one cannot fail to note the fact that such planning allows you to significantly save space and realize all your design fantasies in a small area. In addition, you will have more space to receive guests, because the dining room space smoothly merges into the kitchen space.
If you combine the kitchen with the living room, then you will always have everything at hand. Thus, it will be possible to treat a family or a group of friends with a delicious dinner at the same time and finish the cooking process. All hobs are always close at hand, so nothing will burn or deteriorate.
Another plus is the presence of additional lighting. This applies to both artificial lighting and natural lighting. First of all, there will be more natural light in the combined space due to the presence of more windows. Well, the light of the lamps will also illuminate two rooms at once, which is also very convenient.
But this type of room layout has its drawbacks. First of all, this is the cost of repair work. If you are doing a redevelopment in an already finished room, then you will have to spend time demolishing the walls, having previously received all the necessary permits from government agencies. After that, the necessary repair work will need to be done in the room, which will also cost a lot.
Another disadvantage of such planning is that there will be a smell of food in the living room during and after cooking. This is especially unpleasant if you constantly fry something. Plus, cooking isn't always a neat process. And after that, you will have to clean not only the kitchen space, but also the living room.
What does the right layout look like?
Planning or replanning two rooms is a time-consuming and costly process. Therefore, you need to initially know exactly what you want, so that later you do not redo all your work from the very beginning.
There are different options for planning a combined kitchen-living room. It is worth choosing the right one, first of all, depending on what kind of room you have. Let's take a look at a few of the more popular options.
Kitchen-living room with side entrance
The classic type of room is a kitchen-living room with a side exit. To decorate such a room, usually from 14 sq. meters up to 17 sq. meters, most often they use various screens and arches. They perfectly divide the territory into two zones, while hiding the kitchen chaos from prying eyes.
Small kitchen in "Khrushchev"
A common variant of a dwelling is a small Soviet-style apartment. Kitchens in Khrushchevs are rather small. In the conditions of such an apartment, combining two rooms in one is a rather practical solution. This significantly saves space and makes you feel more comfortable.
Redevelopment in an apartment is much more difficult than in a private house. The fact is that you will need BTI permission anyway. This is because during redevelopment, you can demolish one of the load-bearing walls, which is unsafe not only for you, but also for your neighbors. Sometimes, for safety reasons, openings are simply created in the walls. Such an opening can be stylishly decorated with an arch.
Another interesting option for combining space without completely destroying the walls is to use a bar counter. To do this, an opening is made in the wall with the width of a bar counter. The lower part of the wall is reinforced and covered with a special table top.
If you have a kitchen from 18 sq. m, then you can experiment with the design of the space between the hall and the kitchen. The interior made in a marine style will look original. In this case, the opening may look like a porthole. If you make its bottom surface smoother, then it can be used as a bar counter or a place for snacks.
If it is possible to simply combine two rooms into one, then this can be done by zoning the space. The easiest way to do this is with furniture. So, the workspace is immediately recognizable by the fact that it is there that the refrigerator, sink, stove and all the necessary equipment are located. And in the relaxation area, you can install a sofa with a table.
In a country house
For a village or suburban home, the use of combined spaces is also relevant. Such a room is an example of successful modern solutions that can be embodied both in a classic interior and in a more modern one.
If you want two functional zones in one room at once, then the territory can also be divided into two zones with the help of an arch, and by demolishing the wall and creating one space with the help of color division or the use of furniture.
The simplest solution is to visually divide the space using a plasma panel, a massive aquarium, or even a small fireplace. The use of a fireplace is typical not only for classic interiors. If you choose a neat and simple fireplace, then it will perfectly fit into the high-tech interior.
In general, the layout of a combined kitchen-living room in a private house depends very much on how the room as a whole should look like. Very often, design features are determined by the shape of the room. The most popular options are rectangular and square shapes. Classic kitchens are the easiest to zone. Usually, a kitchen set is located under the wall and, accordingly, a workspace. Further, in the living room there is a place for dining - a table, complemented by a set of chairs or a sofa.
If you have a large space of 34 sq. meters, then it will be quite simple to place all the necessary pieces of furniture and decor in it.
Great difficulties arise if you have a room of some unusual shape. Here you already have to adapt to its features. But modern furniture is also not only classic. So, for a room of an unusual shape, you can pick up a non-standard-shaped headset. A universal option that fits into any room - an island set.
The combined space also looks interesting in two-story houses. A kitchen with a staircase to the second floor is more difficult to arrange, because here you also need to think about how to beat the staircase. It can be located both under the wall and in the center of the room. The first option is the most practical. With this arrangement, all furniture can be installed as you like. But, if there is a spiral staircase in the center, then all work surfaces should be under the walls.
The interior of the combined space
Combining two rooms in one room at once, you need to do it so that their interiors are in harmony with each other. You can get inspired to create your own space by looking at real projects of kitchen-living rooms created by professional designers. It is not necessary to completely copy other people's ideas - it is enough just to understand how you can translate your main ideas into reality.
First of all, you need to know about the principles of zoning. Using different, but harmonious colors in each part of the room, you will create a space in which to spend time comfortably and comfortably prepare food. Correct zoning will allow you to create a feeling of a divided space without walls or partitions.
Another good way to divide the space into a cooking area and a recreation area is to use different floor coverings. In the kitchen, most often, laminate, tiles or tiles are used. And in the living area you can cover the floor with carpet or parquet. Wall coverings may also differ - they differ among themselves both in color and texture.
The walls in the kitchen are usually made more practical so that during the cooking process or as a result of temperature changes, the surface covering the walls does not lose its attractiveness. More practical and sustainable materials are usually selected for the kitchen. But in the living room, the emphasis is on attractiveness. Here you can glue plain or bamboo wallpapers or simply paint the walls with pastel paint.
It is quite possible to install high shelves between the living room and the kitchen to divide the space. They can be narrow or wide, for the whole wall. On these racks you can place various travel souvenirs, photographs, fresh flowers in pots, candles or books. Another interesting option is a full-wall aquarium. It looks interesting and allows you to have pets that you don't need to look after much.
You can also visually zone the space and make the interior of the combined kitchen-living room using the play of light. So, in one part of the combined room, you can place a classic chandelier, and in the other - spot lighting. This combination looks elegant and interesting and allows you to immediately visually divide the space into two main zones.
Finally, it is worth saying a few words about furniture. With her help, you can also quite successfully zone the territory. To do this, you can use a classic wide sofa or a bar counter.
A combined kitchen with a living room is a great option, both for a large spacious room and for a small apartment. To make the layout look organic, follow the main tips mentioned in the article, and you will feel comfortable and cozy in your new combined room.