Apartments and private houses in which there is a living room combined with a kitchen are not uncommon today. This is not only a tribute to fashionable design solutions, but also the opportunity to have one spacious room instead of two small rooms.
A living room combined with a kitchen not only saves space, but also creates a functional area for relaxing and socializing the whole family.
Features combined room
The fashion for the interiors of the combined kitchen and living room came from the West, but even among the ancient Slavs it was customary to have a common space in the house, including a cooking place, a large table for dinner, and a resting place.
Light furniture in the living room-kitchen significantly expands the space.
Our present union of two functional zones has such visible advantages:
- The largest space already has a positive effect on the owners, many people do not like cramped rooms;
- This combined version has the best lighting due to the windows and illumination of each zone;
- There are many possibilities for a variety of design combined kitchen and living room;
- You can save on the second TV. It is enough to buy a large plasma panel and install it at a point that will be visible from all directions;
- In the combined kitchen-living room you can put a large table and start a tradition to gather in the evenings and on weekends with the whole family.
Provence style looks great in the interior of a living room combined with a kitchen
It would be dishonest not to say about the shortcomings of the living room, combined with the kitchen. Any room while cooking is filled with odors and fumes. They will penetrate into the living room area, no matter how strong the hood set by the owners. It is impossible to remove noise from working machinery, pouring water and cooking food. Therefore, to relax on the couch, if there is a rustling coffee machine nearby or a meat grinder is unlikely to work out.
Translucent partition perfectly cope with unpleasant odors from the kitchen
Increase the amount of cleaning. All housewives by experience know how quickly litter is distributed from one zone to another. And the usual gatherings in the living room with a cup of tea and cakes will end up with one more cleaning of the whole area. Therefore, to get the interior of the living room combined with the kitchen, as in the photo, you will have to constantly take care of the cleanliness of the studio apartment.
The curtain also copes with the zoning of the kitchen-living room
Two types of layout
For the living room combined with the kitchen, there are two types of design: with a closed and open plan.
This option implies a clear boundary between key spaces. This may be a bar, partitions, sliding doors or screens. A sofa, nightstand, dining table or other suit. In this case, some kitchen elements are hidden: sink, stove, cutting surface - all that, according to the hostess, should not be shown to guests. Such a kitchen combined with a living room is represented in the photo.
The low partition divides the recreation area and the kitchen between them
In this case, the boundaries between the zones are blurred. Often used a common color scheme, which is ideal for small apartments. The bright walls of the kitchen-living room can visually increase the space.
Zoning in the living room combined with the kitchen is very conditional and occurs due to the furniture.
With the design of a combined kitchen and living room of small sizes with an open plan, the kitchen space is clearly visible. In this embodiment, it is difficult to hide household appliances. You can part of the necessary equipment, such as a large refrigerator, placed behind the facade of furniture.
Remember! Open planning requires constant maintenance of cleanliness in the kitchen space. It is hardly possible to relax comfortably in the living room, if in sight is a mountain of dirty dishes in the sink and the remnants of food on the countertop.
Various design options for the kitchen combined with the living room are shown in the photo.
The bright interior of the living room makes the room more spacious.
So that two important zones with different functions do not look like when combining alien elements, you should think about a single style direction. Everything should have a single idea, similar decor: decoration, furniture, accessories. Interesting interiors are obtained by using the reception of contrast. In order to properly perform the finishing of the living room combined with the kitchen, it is customary to use materials of different texture for key zones.
Living room combined with kitchen with natural materials
For this space it will be correct to choose practical materials, which are not affected by temperature and moisture changes. The floor here can be finished with ceramic tiles. It is convenient to paint or paste over the walls with washable wallpaper. The kitchen apron is made in the color of the basic materials, the main thing is that it should not be discordant with the decoration of the living room and did not delay the main attention.
For the countertop used natural oak board
Here you can apply better and more expensive materials. For example, to buy bamboo or textile wallpaper for walls. Let's admit both original design or different texture of materials and color play. For example, to cover the walls in the kitchen with imitation of stone or brick, and for the living room, as opposed to purchase wallpaper of delicate shades.
For the design of the floor in the living room, combined with the kitchen, you can use any coating that is more like the owners. This may be an array of boards or parquet, cork, laminate, carpet. If the room has a small size, the use of one material will visually increase the boundaries.
Finishing can be a way of zoning, with which you can separate the kitchen from the living room. This option is often used in the case of an open plan, when the zone boundary is not highlighted by any object, be it a piece of furniture or an architectural component. Similar design of the combined kitchen, dining room and living room in the apartment are shown in the photo.
Any interior begins with a plan of furniture arrangement. To create such a model, use special programs that will help make a virtual design project of your room. It will need to specify all internal dimensions, as well as the location of doors, windows, niches and everything else. And trying a different arrangement of furniture, you can find your best option. See the design of the living room and kitchen in the photo.
Note! Considering the arrangement of furniture, keep in mind that the items of the headset must stand so that they do not interfere when moving from one functional area to another.
You need to decide on the center point of the living room, which will help build the space around you. This may be an architectural object or something from furniture, for example, a shelving, a fireplace, a dining group, a wall with seed photos, a window. This point of focus will attract attention to itself, advantageously showing the positive aspects of the kitchen-living room.
If you have a room that is elongated in length, then you can break it into spaces with a monumental partition that will carry a lot of additional items: a TV, an aquarium, flower pots. Visually, the length of the living room with a kitchen will look shorter if the wall is pasted over with a wall of bright wallpaper, and the length is decorated with a neutral tone. See photos of the kitchen-living room, located in the apartment.
Of course, it all depends on the size of the room. In the living room and kitchen with an area of 30-40 square meters or more, you can conveniently arrange all the furniture and leave empty seating areas. If the space is limited, you will have to choose the most necessary and look for convenient options for placement. Similar interior kitchen-living room in the apartment is presented in the photo.
There are plenty of options for how to distinguish or separate the functional areas of the living room combined with the kitchen. Which one to choose depends on the design of the room and the wishes of the owners. You can highlight the most popular.
Such an object on the border of the kitchen and living room is used as an additional table top for dining. During the reception, she can perform her direct duties - accommodation for those who want to try cocktails before the feast begins. The interior of the kitchen with a bar counter, combined with the living room, looks at the photo.
They are performed in a variety of options in form, size, complexity. Partitions can become additional shelves for home colors and various accessories. Or carry the TV panel or aquarium.
Such a rack with through-shelves would be appropriate in a family where everyone loves to read. Then for books you do not have to buy a separate closet and look for a place to place it. This option can be combined with the lower closed shelves.
A low plateau in the design and interior of the kitchen, combined with the living room and made in a modern style, will not only accommodate family sets, but also, if necessary, will become an additional tabletop.
Split floor and ceiling
Multilevel floor and ceiling are planned before the start of repair. Only by choosing this option, we must remember that it will significantly reduce the height of the room. Therefore, it is hardly worth using in low rooms.
Curtains and Suspension
Various curtains made of fabric and decorative pendants look very cozy and homely. Moreover, such items are usually not worth a lot of money and easy to use: they are easy to clean or replace.
Remember! It is possible to separate the kitchen space from the rest of the room using various textures of material or color. For example, the territory where food is cooked is laid out with ceramic tiles, and the rest - with laminate or floorboard.
The following photos show the design of the kitchen from the living room, the renovation of which in the apartments is done by hand.
The stylish design of the living room combined with the kitchen creates not only the decoration of the room and fashionable furniture, but also the selection of the right lighting. Today it is not enough to bring an expensive chandelier into the interior, you need to combine it with special groups of lamps, each of which will be designed for a specific functional area.
Does the interior of the kitchen and living room, connected together in the house, need the top level of lighting, each owner decides for himself. Many modern interiors do not include chandeliers, they are replaced by point lights or side lights. For the recreation area you can buy stylish floor lamps with ambient light or wall sconces. If part of the living room will be taken to read books or do needlework, then you should think about a well-lit workplace.
In the interior of the living room and kitchen, connected together, should be bright lighting, especially in those areas where food is prepared. For convenience, it is organized over the stove and sink separately. With the same purpose, several point lights are placed on the visor of kitchen furniture. This may be LED strip, mounted under the bottom of the upper hinged shelves. Or special directional lights, illuminating the desired corner of the kitchen.
Another area of the common living room and kitchen that requires bright lighting is the dining group. A very stylish option is to mount several lamps above the table on long wires or one, but with a long original lampshade. Similar to the interior of the kitchen and living room, connected together, look at the photo.
Equipping the interior of the combined kitchen with a living room in a private house or apartment, it is worth choosing the ventilation system carefully. For large open spaces, clean air is required. Otherwise, the living room will be just a cozy appendage of the kitchen. It will help to solve the problem of modern kitchen appliances: multicookers, steamers, aerogrills, which produce less odor when cooking, and there is practically no evaporation from them.
And the hood with a good capacity in the design of a joint kitchen and living room can quickly clean the air and remove from the room up to 95% of odors and pollution. It is worth stopping the choice on the flow system, which removes all unnecessary through the chimney to the street. The presence of a grease filter is also required, which will preserve the internal surface of the hood and prolong its service life. Choosing the rest of household appliances, pay attention to the degree of noise that it emits during operation. Not all home like shudder from the noise while sleeping in the living room, which is combined with the kitchen. Such data can be obtained in the hardware store. Independently muffle the noise from working units will help their installation in cabinets. To do this, you will have to specially order the production of an individual kitchen set.
If the dimensions and design of the combined kitchen and living room allow, you can install a fireplace in the recreation area, which will give the room a stylish and sophisticated look. And it is suitable for any design direction: from modest minimalism to lush classics. Finishing such a fireplace can be made of different materials.
In conclusion, I would like to say that the living room, combined with the kitchen, can be arranged in the most unusual way and direction. It is here that there is an opportunity to show their individuality and design talent. In the absence of those, our articles will come to the rescue. The beautiful interiors of the apartments, in which the kitchen is combined with the living room, look at the presented photos.