Decades ago, the living room was the only ”confidential room”. Dates like the dining room and living room were unknown. Still, the living room was the largest room in the house, with a large table in front of the sofa and a corner couch, where the whole family gathered for parties, anniversaries, and others celebrations.
As the years passed, the furnishings became more modern, and the living room became the dining room. The purpose has not changed, just the name. Today, however, we see a clear distinction between places for relaxation and socializing (living room) and places for eating (dining room or living room). Regardless of the floor plan, the two areas are distinguished, and each is designed separately.
How To Separate the Dining Room From the Living Room
The dining room can be located near the living room or kitchen in larger homes. Newer apartments are usually open spaces, so you can also separate the dining area from the area where the armchairs, sofa, and TV are located. Creating a dining area off the kitchen in a studio or small apartment is challenging but still not impossible.
Here are some tips for separating the dining area from the rest of the room:
Use Shelving as a Separator
Ladder-type shelving effectively separates areas without compromising the sense of openness. Decorative screens or partitions are other options. Choose models with transparent surfaces that allow light to pass through for a unique visual effect. This option is ideal for open spaces.
Sophisticated Rugs Visually Support the Dining Table
Rugs visually define a space, add charm and warmth to a room, and highlight the dining table. This is especially useful when the dining chairs and table are in the same shade as the parquet.
Choose a contrasting color for the carpet that harmonizes with the dining room’s color scheme, and consider the size of the rug. The dining room rug should be large enough to allow chairs to move without bumping into the edges.
This option is best for apartments with one bedroom and a small living room where you want more space for the dining room because it takes up less space and does not obstruct the view.
Match Dining and Living Room Furniture in Different Styles
You can choose different decorating styles to separate the two parts of a large room, but remember to coordinate them by connecting elements. For example, the living room can be decorated in a minimalist style, while industrial or rustic pieces can be added to the dining room, depending on your taste.
You can easily link them together with fabrics, for example, by matching the sofa’s decorative cushions with the dining room’s seat cushions in the same color.
Dining Room Furniture
Dining room furniture differs only in design style. Therefore, every dining room has the following elements:
Must be the appropriate size for the space available. A narrow dining table is an ideal model, as it provides ample space without taking up a lot of room by itself and can be used to stimulate conversation and create an intimate atmosphere. Folding dining tables are helpful in one-bedroom apartments or when you do not want to occupy a large area of the room with only one piece of furniture.
Dining Room Sideboard
In a larger space, a sideboard is like a sophisticated accessory. Choose one that matches the style of your dining room, and keep plenty of porcelain plates, cutlery, tablecloths, and other dining accessories ready for when guests arrive.
Dining chairs should be selected based on table height and comfort. The latest trend is to combine several types of dining chairs, so feel free to play with the design. If you have a set of dining chairs and want to change things up quickly, use seat cushions in cheerful colors to make them more of an object of interest.
Let us know if these few tips have helped you in the comments below!
Using rugs to compliment a dining room really does sound like a great idea. This way, you can make a general statement for the room while still using minimalistic pieces for things like tables and chairs. I’ll go and look for dining room furniture stores that can help me pick out models that compliment rugs well.