Most people think about how to decorate their home and make it as comfortable as possible. For residents of typical high-rise buildings, it’s customary to assume that a kitchen is a small, isolated room that is not functionally connected to a living room or a hall. Now, in times of plenty of building and finishing materials, the time has come to implement your wildest ideas. In this article you will find practical recommendations and photos of kitchen design with a bar counter, combined with the living room.
Modern designers often use the technique of combining a kitchen with a living room to save space.
The combination of two spaces is a real find for apartments, where the kitchen has a very small area. By removing one wall, instead of a small and inconvenient room, you can get a comfortable functional work area.
In such a living room you can have fun parties with friends.
In the house or cottage, where there is no shortage of square meters, the embodiment of the kitchen combined with the living room also has several advantages:
- You will be able to create a trendy, stylish modern design;
- During the preparation of food and drinks will not need to interrupt communication with family members and guests;
- Conveniently served at the table cooked dishes.
Combining two different functional zones in the same room is very often used in private homes.
It should be understood that connecting the kitchen with the room, you lose a full-fledged isolated room. It is especially good to weigh the pros and cons, if the room is the only one in your apartment. Studio apartment is good for living bachelors. The couple will experience discomfort, not being able sometimes to be alone with their thoughts.
Living room combined with kitchen will be a favorite place for the whole family.
In this room should be three zones:
- Working kitchen area;
- Dinner Zone;
- Rest zone.
Other options are possible. If there is a shortage of square meters, the dining area can be eliminated, and food taken at the bar counter, or put a small table in the recreation area.
The island can be used as a dining table and bar
To delimit the space, there are various zoning methods:
- Color: select different colors for walls and floors;
- Decor: place tall vases or potted plants;
- Lighting: each zone has its own light source;
- Partitions: it can be shelving, glass partitions, fabric curtains;
- Furniture: it is very convenient to use the bar counter, the island. The divider will also serve as a sofa.
Stylish solution for kitchen and living room zoning - wall decoration and decor
The design of an open space should meet the needs of each family member, allow a comfortable coexistence. Look at the photo for examples of zoning the interior of the house.
There is room for imagination. However, the greatest difficulties are possible, since the design of the kitchen and the design of the living room, if they are combined in one space, should be harmoniously combined with each other and look good together.
The most simple and practical option is to choose the same floor covering for the kitchen and living room, and make the rest area a little more comfortable by putting a carpet in there.
Carpet made of natural wool not only zoned space, but also gives a cozy living room decorated in a rustic style.
However, more complex design solutions are welcome. For example, to the floor covering in the kitchen there are increased requirements: it must be durable and not deteriorate from moisture. There are also requests for flooring in the dining area - chairs will often be moved from place to place here. Thus, you can choose more expensive materials for the floor in these areas, and for a recreation area where there is no such increased requirements: laminate or parquet. Design options for the kitchen-living room with zoning are presented in the photo.
The floors not only perfectly divide the room into zones, but also significantly change the interior of the entire room.
Paint all the walls with paint of the same color, feel free to use the whole range of pastel colors. This is a normal practice for the kitchen and living room, combined into one space. However, you can design each zone to your liking, then you will need decorative elements to organically connect the space. This may be small areas of laying of artificial stone or plants in tubs.
The stylish design for books with open shelves organically highlights the dining area in the combined kitchen-living room.
A good option for the kitchen-living room - decorative plaster. It will create a unique harmonious design. It is worth remembering that the wallpaper for such a room is a losing option, as they are not durable material and will soon become unsuitable in the work area.
Using wallpaper to highlight a seating area in a large room is the easiest, but effective way.
The best choice is the traditional white color. If you want to make it somehow different, then it is not necessary to paint it in bright color. Developed many options for decorating the ceiling with different texture, geometry, light. This will help to make the original design, and the multi-level ceiling even zones the space.
Multi-level plasterboard designs look great and beautifully zone the space of the combined kitchen-living room.
A special atmosphere in the house, especially in the evening, creates lighting. Each area of the kitchen, combined with the living room, should have its own light source. Pay attention to the photo, as room designers do.
In the kitchen, the most important is a good lighting work surfaces. An excellent option would be the LED strip, which is placed under the wall cabinets. In addition, you can use spotlights embedded in a suspended or suspended ceiling, or attach them to the top of wall cabinets. Very comfortable lighting is provided by luminaires built into modern hoods. Do you need a central ceiling chandelier in the kitchen - the choice is yours.
In addition to the main lighting in the kitchen, it is convenient to use built-in lights.
Very comfortable and stylish when the light source is above the bar. The classic version is a simple lampshade on a long cord. You can also use spotlights.
The lampshade creates a cozy, homely atmosphere in a spacious room.
For living room
Here, of course, you need a good ceiling light. When drawing up a design project, provide a place for a central chandelier. Feel free to use spotlights around the perimeter of the room or hidden LED lighting. You can place sconces on the walls.
Sconces are used for local lighting
In the recreation area, put a floor lamp. Its soft, diffused light will help create a cozy atmosphere.
The unique atmosphere will create your own lighting over the dining table. Typically, designers offer to place the lighting fixture not under the ceiling, but hang it on a long cord.
The floor lamp is not only an excellent source of light, but also a stylish decor of the living room.
It should be remembered that all the interior in this space should look good together. If you do not like to equip the interior in the same style, try to combine them with each other.
The main component of the kitchen is a kitchen unit. It is best to make it to order, so it will be possible to take into account all the features of your living space. Depending on the layout of your apartment or house, the kitchen unit can be located along one of the walls, be angular - occupy two walls, or be designed in the shape of the letter “P”.
The location of the cabinets along the three walls allows functional use of the kitchen space.
Be sure to order a bar counter, which can be a continuation of the working surface of the kitchen unit, stand alone or can be made in the form of an island.
The bar counter is not only an excellent addition to the kitchen set, but also well zoned the space
For dining area
Dining set consists of a table and chairs. The table can be round, oval, square, rectangular shape. It all depends on your personal preferences and on the number of places at the table necessary for your family.
Rectangular dining table - master-hev modern kitchen
The presence of a dining area is optional in the interior. If the footage of your apartment does not allow you to spend precious meters on a bulky table, you can not buy it at all, but take food at the bar counter.
A small round dining table takes up little space and can accommodate all family members.
For recreation area
In the living room zone, of course, there should be upholstered furniture: a sofa, armchairs, ottomans. For convenience, put a coffee table here. As a rule, in the living room made TV. Also, the presence of cabinet furniture in the living room is traditional.
Corner sofas are great for spacious living rooms combined with kitchens
Zoning of space and placement of furniture depends on the layout of the room. If the kitchen combined with the living room will occupy a rectangular room, then on the one hand there is a kitchen, on the other hand - a recreation area. Between them, place a dining area, or divide the space with a bar. In a square room, place the kitchen unit along one of the walls or in the shape of the letter D in one of the corners. In this case, a bar counter or an island will also help you to delimit the space.
Bar design options
Separating the space of the kitchen and living room with a bar counter is an excellent solution. This zoning method has been used for a long time, but it has not lost its relevance. The kitchen combined with the living room, in the interior of which the bar counter is located, is stylish.
Besides the fact that the rack serves as a space divider, it will perform a number of other functions:
- The rack will become an additional work surface, and if there is not enough space in the kitchen, then it will completely replace the desktop.
- The stand will replace the dining table. If the footage of your apartment does not allow you to place a dining area, then you can comfortably eat at the counter, you just need to find the right chairs.
- In the space under the bar or above it, you can place structures for storing kitchen utensils.
Tip! You can make the window sill part of the work area by replacing it with a worktop. It can be connected to the working surface of the kitchen set or with a bar, or with both.
The appearance of the bar should correspond to both the kitchen and the living room. There are the following options for the design of the bar.
Attached to the wall
This is the best option for small kitchens. The compact rack can be made in the form of a light construction consisting of a table top and chrome-plated supports. Often such a construction is supplemented with a module for storing glasses or a basket for products.
This bar counter has no major details and allows the glance to easily glide across the combined space of the kitchen and living room.
In the center of the room
Such a stand should be made on a solid basis for stability. Then under the rack you can place shelves for storage.
This is a larger design. The island is always located so that it can be easily walked around. It is used as a working space, as a dining table, it can be equipped with shelves for storing kitchen utensils, sometimes a stove, oven or sink is installed there.
Sometimes the bar counter is carried out in the form of a two-tier structure.
The choice of material for the rack
The materials from which the bar counters are made are now a variety. You can pick it up under the rest of the kitchen furniture or, on the contrary, play on the contrast.
Chipboard and MDF
Most often for the manufacture of racks used: particleboard and MDF. Countertop stand is best to choose from the same material as the working surface of the kitchen. The color of the countertop does not have to be the same as that of the kitchen. You may well choose a contrasting color.
Another material used in the manufacture of furniture for kitchens is plastic. Such a surface will easily cope with any contamination. Plastic coatings are made of very bright, rich colors. It is suitable if you want to make a bright accent in the design of the kitchen combined with the living room. Such color solutions are suitable for interiors in modern styles, for example, high-tech.
Wood is a wonderful natural material. A table top made of high-quality wood will look great in a noble classic interior.
In the manufacture of countertops also use stone.
- Made by artificial means.
It is a durable, wear-resistant material that can withstand almost any contamination. The bar counter made of stone is universal, it can be perfectly combined with any styles and trends in design. Obviously, they prefer artificial stone more often, since its appearance is almost the same as natural, but it wins in price.
Another common material is glass. Such a tabletop, in combination with decorative elements, gives the interior of the kitchen-living room chic and light. This material is easy to clean. However, it is worth remembering that even tempered and armored glass is not a very reliable material.
Combining the kitchen with the living room allows you to expand the space, provides a more comfortable environment, allows you to implement new design solutions. Presented here are photos of the interior to help you choose a design that you like.