Decoration

Arranging a living/dining room combo for maximum living space

As we fall out of love with the super-size style of living, we often need to cope with multi-purpose spaces. There are advantages, too, like easy communication, keeping an eye on children and informal entertaining. Let’s have a look at some living room/dining room combo layout ideas. 

Articles - 22 February 2019

Start with a purely practical approach. Your largest fixture is likely to be the fireplace if there is one, and the most stationary piece of furniture is probably the sofa. So, here’s your starting point in deciding how to arrange furniture in your living room/dining room combination. Seating, coffee and side tables and even the dining table are more easily movable. Start with the sofa facing the fireplace or focal point. If your sofa has its back or one side to the wall, leave a few inches gap to create the illusion of more space. Don’t cut back on the size of your coffee table because it’s an essential, but you can save space with upright chairs instead of armchairs to arrange around the coffee table. In a rectangular room, place the dining table halfway down to one side and move it into the center when needed.

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Living/dining room combo decorating ideas depend on the shape of the space. In a rectangular room it’s best to keep the colors coordinated for easy visual flow. However, if you have an alcove large enough for either sofa or dining table, it’s a good idea to paint the walls a darker shade. This creates the illusion of more depth and a larger space. If your space includes the kitchen, it’s important to consider the natural flow of movement. The best open plan kitchen/dining/living room designs keep the dining area central. The key to success is planning and visualization. Way back when, people used to make little cardboard models of their furniture! Now we can use 3D home design software to help the planning process. A 3D apartment plan enables you to see potential pitfalls before you start. Homes may be getting smaller but arranging them is a whole lot easier!

5 tips for living/dining room combos

1 . Practicalities first

Some of your major fixtures such as kitchen and sofa are fixed points, so you need to plan around them. Flexibility comes with the smaller items like coffee and side tables.

2 . Leave some space

Leave a few inches between large items like the sofa and the walls. This creates a feeling of light and airiness which is well worth losing a couple of inches for.

3 . Consider your colors

In a rectangular space it’s best to keep the color consistent for visual flow and a sense of space. In an L-shaped room or one with an alcove, paint the recess a darker shade for added depth.

4 . Open plan kitchen

If the kitchen is included in your open plan, always place the dining area between the kitchen and living areas. This keeps the flow of movement logical and comfortable.

5 . 3D free plan

Plan your arrangement with the help of some 3D home design free software. It takes the guesswork out of design planning, so you can start with confidence.

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