When one room combines the kitchen, dining room and living room, requires the most competent approach to interior design. To carry out such a plan in an ordinary apartment, it is often necessary to dismantle the walls and transfer communications, which also adds complexity. For these reasons, the creation of a cozy interior that combines several functions at once is a rather complicated time-consuming process.
In the spacious room you can equip the kitchen, dining room and living room almost without zoning the room.
Pros and cons of the combined kitchen-living room
It is good if there is a spacious private house or a large studio apartment. But the repair of small-sized living-dining room will require large expenditures both in finance and in time. Before combining two or more rooms, you should carefully weigh the pros and cons of such a decision.
Rational placement of all zones will help to make a cozy and functional room in a small area.
Important! If you need to tear down walls or move communications, you should obtain permission from the BTI.
The design of the kitchen-dining-living room in one apartment, of course, has a number of significant advantages. Here are the main ones:
- After combining the three zones, you get a spacious room, on the square of which you can realize the most daring ideas, for example, a classic style or art deco can be fully realized only in large areas.
- More light. By combining rooms, the amount of light naturally increases due to new windows. Thanks to this, the once small kitchen becomes brighter, more spacious.
- While cooking in the kitchen, it is now possible to communicate with family members or guests without interference, and it is also easier to follow the children. The kitchen is no longer cut off from the entire apartment with blank walls and a closed door.
- The spacious kitchen-living room, combined with the dining room, is great for parties with friends or family celebrations. A large area allows you to freely arrange furniture from the dining tables so that the hostess does not have to maneuver with hot dishes.
- In the joint room, one large TV is enough, which can be seen from all corners, including the kitchen. No need to purchase additional equipment.
Combining the three zones allows you to create a spacious room where you can bring to life a lot of design ideas
A large area of the living room allows you to use any style, or skillfully combine several directions at once. Also the classic style for the interior of the kitchen-living room, as, for example, in the following photos, is the best suited
Transparent shelves of the lockers, built into the doorway of the kitchen-tolovoy-living room, make the room very stylish and elegantly zoned
The kitchen-living room with a dining room has several drawbacks, however, some of them are easily solved, which does not cause any problems. What should be considered when creating a combined space:
- The smell of food from the kitchen now spreads throughout the living room. To avoid this, you will need to purchase a powerful hood, and you should also not put upholstered furniture next to the kitchen so that the upholstery does not absorb aromas, grease or fumes.
- The noise of kitchen appliances makes it difficult to relax in the recreation area. This can be minimized by acquiring, wherever possible, devices with a silent mode of operation, as well as built-in equipment - it is not so audible behind the casement doors.
- The kitchen is a very dirty place, if not cleaned often enough. Cleaning the combined space of the living-dining room will take much longer.
Modern powerful extractor can decorate the interior with itself and help you quickly get rid of unpleasant odors in the kitchen
Also it is worth considering that the lack of walls with doors can interfere with rest or stay in solitude. This problem is particularly relevant for one-bedroom apartments.
A sofa back to the kitchen provides more privacy and relaxation.
Design features in small apartments
If the kitchen-dining-living room is planned in a small one-room apartment, then you have to think of a sleeping place. The bedroom can be separate, separated from the rest of the room with the help of curtains or a compact translucent partition. If there is a deep niche, the bed can be placed there. As an option - a folding sofa in the living room. This allows you to save valuable space when there is a shortage of valuable space, but such a bed is not very convenient, since it must always be disassembled and removed.
The folding corner sofa will perfectly fit into an interior of the combined room and will become a comfortable berth
In small apartments, the dining room is located right in the kitchen, it is not brought closer to the living room. If there is very little space, you can use a compact bar counter instead of a table. Also think about roomy storage systems.
The bar counter will be the perfect way out for a small room.
Important! Glossy smooth facades, open shelves and a large amount of glass visually make the interior more spacious.
Corner set takes up less space, leaving more room for dining, but allows you to store more things. Also part of the shelves and drawers can be placed above the windows. Instead of chairs, padded stools with drawers under the seats or a sofa with a storage system are good. Variants of design of small-sized kitchen-dining-living room in the apartment can be seen in the photo below.
The interior of the kitchen-living room in large areas
If the area allows, you can choose any layout of the kitchen up to the radial. In the oriels, you can place a coffee table with a semicircular sofa or arrange a convenient reading place there. In addition, there is no need to try to place the dining room in the kitchen, the dining set fits comfortably between the living room and the workspace.
In modern interiors, explicit means of zoning a room are used less and less. If the dimensions allow, enough space can be left between furniture groups to visually distinguish them. And to emphasize each zone separately, you can use different types of lighting. In the living room there is often a large carpet that fits its size. Interior design options for the kitchen-living-dining room in a large apartment or house can be viewed on the selection of photos below.
Under the kitchen is allocated no more than a quarter of the total available space. The smaller the kitchen set, the more space for the dining room and living room. The choice of location of the headset and technology in the kitchen depends on the shape and size of the room.
If there is enough space, you can arrange a full island with a work surface, stove, oven, sink and extractor. In this case, lockers with side tables can be arranged linearly, L-shaped or U-shaped. In a small area, a single-row layout is more convenient with the placement of furniture along one wall or corner structures. Any of these options will fit into the classic design of the kitchen-living room.
Thinking through the kitchen layout, it is important to take care of the convenient location of the three parts of the working triangle. Its main components are a refrigerator, stove, sink. They must be close enough to each other so that you can easily reach any point of the triangle. In the corner kitchens, the sink is often located in the corner, and the stove and refrigerator along the adjacent walls. Choosing where to put the sink, pay attention to the distance to the gas burners - it must be at least half a meter so that water splashes do not fall on the flame.
Important! Kitchen furniture in style and color should be in harmony with the other elements of the room, selected in accordance with the general style of the kitchen-living room.
To separate the living room, dining room and kitchen from each other, you can use different methods, including their combination. Some of them are simple, some will require effort. The choice of means of zoning depends not only on the style of the kitchen-living-dining room, but also the size of the room.
This element can be static or mobile. The easiest option is the construction of drywall. It can be floor to ceiling, have a stepped design, or go to the waist. If the partition is low, its surface can be used as an additional shelf for household plants, souvenirs, books, etc. The niches built into the partition and complemented by lighting look impressive.
The lighter option is screens or sliding glass constructions. Glass transmits light without overloading the interior. You can use ordinary curtains of light fabrics or strands of beads.
Racks with side tables can serve as partitions, separating the dining room from the living room or kitchen. The easiest way to rest the rest area is to turn the sofa back to the dining room. If space permits, a low rack, curbstone or table of the same width can be placed behind the sofa.
Podiums allow you to divide the space into several zones, highlighting the kitchen, dining room or living room. These floor structures can be used as additional storage systems with built-in drawers. If the podium is under the living room, you can even build a bed in it.
In contrast to the podiums for zoning the interior of the living-dining room used multi-level ceiling structures. They can be tensioned or made of plasterboard. It is convenient to embed spotlights above any point of the room in the suspended ceilings. The central part of the ceiling can be decorated with a large chandelier, photo printing, frescoes, stucco, etc.
In the classical style, for example, ampire, you can use columns and semi-columns. And for the Mediterranean areas of design, Moroccan style and Provence, you can choose the semicircular arches. In the photo below you can see examples of the design of the kitchen-dining room in classic and other styles.
Interior decoration can also be used to zoning the kitchen-dining-living room. For these purposes are used:
- Large carpets in the living room;
- Home plants;
- Modular pictures;
- Light fixtures.
In the classical style for zoning the kitchen-living room, you can use decorative inserts on the walls with moldings and stucco as, for example, in the photo below.
Regardless of the size of the kitchen-living-dining room, there should be a lot of light in the interior, especially on the north side.
The work area in the kitchen is best lit. The main sources of light should be above the worktop, sink and stove. For this, built-in lights are used, the lighting in the upper cabinets is also appropriate.
A chandelier or pendant lamps look appropriate in the dining area, for additional lighting and comfort you can put candlesticks or small lamps on the table. But in the living room or recreation area the light can be more muted - wall sconces, floor lamps.
The design of the living room and kitchen-dining room in the studio apartment can be done in a variety of styles. Large area allows you to select any materials and shades. The most popular classical directions of the interior, modern minimalism and romantic Provence.
The design of the kitchen-dining room as if deliberately created specifically for the classic style. Wooden furniture, a large oval table on carved legs, soft sofas and armchairs - all this creates a feeling of comfort and luxury. For classics, the characteristic light colors of the walls, but the furniture can be much darker. The noble dark wood looks advantageously on a milky, beige, white or peach background.
Materials for decoration and furniture of the classic living-dining room are selected only natural - wood, stone, leather, glass. The decor in the classical style can be restrained or, on the contrary, pompous with gilding, stucco, etc., as in rococo.
Lovers of comfort and tranquility is better to choose the English classics or Victorian style with a darker color scheme. How the classic looks in the design of the kitchen-living room can be seen in the photo below.
Such design is a suitable option for a design project of a kitchen-living room with a dining room in a modern style. Restrained gamma, strict clear lines, compactness and practicality - this is what characterizes minimalism. The interior is not allowed too bright details and artsy design. The ideal surface is smooth and glossy, the shape is straight or slightly rounded. Basic materials: plastic, glass, metal, leather, sometimes wood.
In minimalism it is important to use only the necessary amount of furniture, in the interior of the living-dining room there should not be anything superfluous. Modular systems in the kitchen area and living room, as well as transformer furniture, are very popular. Elements of minimalism can be found in some other styles that are characterized by restraint and simplicity: eco, Scandinavian style, high-tech.
The design project of the kitchen, dining room and living room together in the style of Provence implies a warm cozy atmosphere, natural materials and pleasant colors. In Provence only wood, stone, natural fabrics are allowed, plaster is often used for wall decoration. The colors are natural, the light gamut prevails as a background: white, milky, sandy, silver-gray.
The furniture and decor of the living-dining room can be more varied shades. As additional colors, all shades of brown, green, lavender, yellow, blue, blue, peach, terracotta, ocher, olive, etc. are allowed.
Provence is a rustic style, so the furniture should be appropriate - a little rough and aged. Scratches, chips, cracks give a special charm to every detail of the interior. If metal parts are used, they must be dull, preferably patinated.
It is not easy to create a cozy interior of the kitchen-living room with a dining room, but the efforts invested in the design and repair will surely justify itself. It is important to determine in advance how much space you are ready to allocate for each zone. As soon as this issue is resolved, it remains only to determine the style of the interior and go for everything you need.