Combining kitchen, living and dining areas into a single space is a solution that deserves attention not only with design, but also from a practical point of view. This technique helps to save square meters and properly use the space in any room, whether that Soviet small or apartment with a free layout in a new building.
Let’s consider the advantages of such a combination:
- Getting rid of non-functional areas, such as narrow corridors,
connecting the kitchen to the living room;
- Large single space-freedom to implement
own design ideas;
- Well-lit room in which, in most cases,
will be two Windows;
- The ability to organize full-fledged holidays or
parties: the number of Seating has increased and hosts no longer need
run between kitchen and dining room (living room);
- Family dinners at the large dining table: no need now
huddle in a tiny kitchen;
- You can save on duplicate equipment. Place one
large TV so that it was convenient to watch both from the living room and from
However, this solution has its drawbacks, which should be taken into account:
- First of all-smells. No matter how powerful it is
your hood, strong smells will still spread throughout room;
- Sounds. Flowing water, running the mixer or coffee grinder-now these sounds will interfere not only with those who cook, but and anyone who sits in the living room, talking or watching TV;
- Cleaning. It should be understood that will have to clean at times more often, after all, dirt and debris from the kitchen area will be much faster spread around space.
Redevelopment-a serious step, so we advise you in advance as carefully as possible to consider the entire interior, to determine all the cons and
pros in your particular case. Think about the financial and time costs. T. K.
redevelopment is associated with full or partial demolition of the wall, you need will coordinate the project with the relevant services. Remember that all engineering communications will remain within the boundaries of the old kitchen: to transfer them it is impractical neither financially nor in practical terms.
Zoning the space
By combining the premises, you need to think about a competent visual separation, because each zone must complement each other, while maintaining, its functional purpose.
Another elegant option that is perfect for a small space — to expand the sofa back to the kitchen.
For R or U-shaped kitchen area layout, simply place the bar or countertop parallel to the short wall. If there is a working surface, including a stove-do not forget about the hood, mounted in the ceiling.
Place the kitchen set along one of the narrow walls: this is a great solution if you get a long narrow room. In this room everything goes consistently: behind the kitchen area-dining room, behind it — living room.
Remember the main thing: now it is one room, which means that all the furniture should be designed in the same style, otherwise — visual dissonance.
Or build a kitchen island.
Highlight different areas with the help of lighting. We have already mentioned this in one of the paragraphs above. If you have a long stand, hang a few small lamps in a row.
Place a large dining table on the border of the zones. Low-hanging lamps will help to complement the effect of visual separation of space.
Make the podium (multi-level floor), raising a working area for the 5-15 cm This solution will also help to hide the communication, if you decide, for example, to make the sink from the existing riser on the island.
Leave part of the wall — vertical or horizontal — between the kitchen and living areas. Can be part of a variant of the sliding doors.