How to separate living room and dining room: 15 tips to get it right

Wondering how to separate the living room and dining room areas while maintaining an open floor plan at home? Having a studio or open plan apartment that combines living and dining areas can seem like a daunting task. You want to create separation while maintaining an open flow of space.

Here are some elegant ways to do it without any hassles. Let’s see what they are.

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How to separate living room and dining areas

Having an open plan studio or apartment that combines living and dining spaces can seem boring.

You want to create some separation while maintaining an open flow of room divider space.

To help you, we’ve compiled more than 15 living area and dining space combination examples, including several studios that show how placing furniture, using color, or playing with floor plans can make a space both beautiful and functional. Even the smallest floor plans can benefit from these sources of inspiration.

  1. Designer: Craft Aaim. This compact one bedroom apartment feels airy and opens thanks to the use of white to the left of the crisp white accent wall.
  2. Visualizer: Svoya Studio. In this visualization of a combined living room and dining room, the space is not divided by walls or partitions, but rather by drawing attention to large floor-to-ceiling bookshelves that line the open “living area”. This is a smart use of space and extra storage.
  3. Visualizer: Project 365. In this chic contemporary living room with an unobstructed view of the dining area, we see the use of black and white accents to create visual appeal without cluttering the space. The wall decoration of the living room consists of clocks and framed paintings. Decorative bowls and vases give a noble look.
  4. Visualizer: Oliver Vande. This combination of the living room and dining room in a small apartment shows that modern and minimalist style is not the only way to design such a space. The space feels luxurious despite its size, with Scandinavian-style seating, antique-inspired lighting, and rich herringbone wood. Many elements are inspired by vintage icons, such as B. mid-century modern clocks and chairs by Ejvind Johansson.
  5. Visualizer: Contours. Decorating a living room and dining room combo can be tricky, but this room is a great example of how to choose a palette and stick to it to create a sense of cohesion between the living room, dining room, and kitchen in an apartment. Pendant lights in the dining room and table bases add a pop of yellow, while the doors and tables.
  6. Visualizer: Innovation area. Green is also the focus of this dining and living room design with a great palette. Using similar fabrics is a great way to create a sense of cohesion in a room, even if the area is small.
  7. Visualizer: Romet Mets. Some designers are afraid to use dark monochromatic furniture, but black color can be used beautifully for this apartment without feeling cramped. This chic and modern look in the dining area offers a kind of yin and yang with black accents, a white sofa, and light natural wood.
  8. Visualizer: ONI rendering. In this combination of living and dining combo, light pours in through the large windows, giving the space a comfortable and open feel. The dining table is next to the window treatments, which gives the feeling of al fresco dining even indoors. Stylish and cozy seating is just a few steps away, making it the perfect example of a great party venue.
  9. Visualizer: Ngurah Arya. Luminaires provide both functional lighting and division of space in this modern white and gray living and dining room. Over the dining table, the modern chandelier you see here is the Heracleum II LED Suspension. Pendant lighting can be an excellent way to mark the dining area as a compact but open space.
  10. Designer: Leo D’uk Design. In a small dining and living room, it is important to make the most of the space. In this case, we see the dining table in the form of a long counter placed along the back of the sofa. The living room and dining room both have access to the level, lit by Ikea SINNERLIG pendant lights upstairs.
  11. Visualizer: Room K. Speaking of size, this kitchen, dining, and living room combo uses tall palm trees and decorative round lights to draw the eye upward and create the illusion of more space. Smooth brickwork on the floor and walls adds a modern touch.
  12. Visualizer: Imagine3D. This bachelorette flat for men is an inspiration that a studio can be if you play with the pattern. Textured walls, ceilings, and even a plush rug underfoot add dimension and appeal to the living room/kitchen combo. Mid-century Art Nouveau influences are evident in some details, like the TV stand and sofa.
  13. Visualizer: Lushvis. In this spacious apartment with a living room, kitchen, and dining room, you can see a unique floor lamp in the foreground that matches the white walls, chairs, and cabinets. Using white to open up the space was a wise design decision. A chevron rug is a bold piece that creates interest.
  14. Visualizer: Nordico. Many open floor plans can use the same wall color, but this example shows how an accent wall can create separation. This light blue accent wall pairs perfectly with the space’s folding coffee table and chairs.
  15. Visualizer: Espace Team. This Scandinavian apartment has an almost spa-like quality, with soft lighting, neutral textiles, and natural light wood so the space doesn’t feel compact.
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Furniture arrangement to separate living room and reception

Install the entertainment device on the wall opposite the dining area. Then arrange the sofa in the living room so that the backs of the three chairs face the dining area.

This visually marks the end of the living room.

Place the dining set in the center behind the sofa. Create a partition between two rooms to separate them into separate spaces (see below for more room divider ideas).

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Use room dividers to separate living room and dining areas

Why do we need partitions in the attic, living room, hallway?

Another smart way to divide a large living room and create a dining area is to use room dividers.

You can try one of the following separator types:

  • Display Shelf: Custom designed tall open shelves and tastefully arranged bookshelves, along with a special collection of exhibits such as curios, photographs, travel memorabilia, etc.
  • Storage Cabinet: Match semi-open and closed container storage cabinets. Place some of your pottery and china on open shelves.
  • Console table divider: Shortly after finishing the living room, place the console table behind the sofa. It becomes a practical room divider.
  • Wall shelves: Instead of placing the shelves in the middle of the living room and dining room, place them on one side or both sides against the wall and thus visually separate the two spaces.
  • Solid partition wall: made of solid materials such as wood, glass, or metal. They can be decorative and attached to the floor, ceiling, and walls. For added interest, attach the wallpaper to a permanent partition.
  • Sliding dividers: These are flexible enough to provide privacy when needed or open up space during gatherings.
  • Folding wall or accordion wall: An easy option is to store a folding divider or accordion divider. They can be moved and folded when not needed.
  • Hanging Baffles: These field elements are made of acrylic, resin, light wood, or other hard materials. This type of partition is hung from the ceiling and fixed on the floor.
  • Curtains and blinds: They are the cheapest and easiest way to divide a room. Use transparent fabric curtains, fabric curtains, or bamboo.
  • Semi-permanent baffles: They are attached to the wall and floor with semi-permanent screws and brackets.
  • Vertical Garden: If you love greenery, how about a vertical indoor plant garden that separates two rooms? You can even tie some rope from floor to ceiling and plant vines on it to create a whimsical decor like a jungle garden or café. Take good care of these plants, so they stand the test of time, weather, and indoor conditions.
  • Rope spacers: Try installing wooden beams on the ceiling and floor. Then run the ropes up and down between them for a rustic look. This episode will definitely be a conversation starter.

Be sure to leave enough space inside and around the two rooms so as not to interfere with the functioning of the two rooms.

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The color separates the living room and dining

Color is a great way to define a space. If your living room is neutral with blue furniture, paint the dining room blue (or paint an accent wall blue) for a chic split.

This keeps them in the same decor scheme without looking too harsh with a completely different contrasting color.

Use accessories in the living room to complement this wall color. Keep the rest of the room neutral or use a narrow color palette to tie the spaces together.

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Separate the living room and dining with rugs and accessories

Create a visual difference by placing different carpets in two rooms. Have a console table with mirrors, artifacts, and plants to divide the wall between two spaces to create the illusion of two different rooms. Or place a large leafy plant such as a palm tree or ficus on the wall between the two spaces.

Unique light to separate living room and dining

Hang a chandelier in the living and dining room to beautifully tie each room together and give the impression that the chandelier is dominating the space below.

Create unique lighting formats in both areas – a chandelier in one and floor lamps in the other. LED Lighting is a great way to separate room

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How do you separate a living room from a dining room?

7 ways to intelligently separate living and dining rooms:
1. Furniture arrangement. Separate the living and dining area by adding an L-shaped sofa or a corner sofa.
2. Install the grid.
3. Enter the delimiter.
4. Choose expressive lighting.
5. Imagine a carpet.
6. Create an accent wall.
7. Mark the floor.

How do you split a living room into two rooms?

Transform one room into two with this genius idea:
1. Go to the decorative screen.
2. Get the shelf.
3. Install glass partitions.
4. Play high.
5. Embrace accordion doors.
6. Look for sculptural accents.
7. Draw the curtains.

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How do you combine a living and dining room in a small space?

Small space ideas:
1. Choose furniture with legs.
2. Create a focal point with a gallery wall.
3. Enlarge with wide flooring.
4. Break up a neutral palette with boho patterns.
5. Hide corners to improve the sense of space.
6. Grow up with artwork.
7. Just hang the air curtains.
8. Soften with curved edges.

Are separate dining rooms old-fashioned?

Today, separate dining rooms are somewhat outdated. Many homes have some sort of open space between the kitchen and dining room. But today, more and more homeowners are looking for truly open spaces with an open kitchen concept.

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Now that you know how to separate the living cum dining room, choose the style that works best for your home. You can even combine these tips and use them in other areas of your home.

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