When we’re on the lookout for a new home, we usually have a wish list of things that we’d like the house to have. Some of these things are essentials, like a garden or a drive. Others are things that we’d quite like, but they’re not necessarily deal breakers. This is where things like a spare room and a dining room often come in.
A dining room would be nice. It’s a great space to entertain friends and family and to eat meals together away from the TV and other distractions. In theory, a dining room is fantastic. But, in reality, most people that have a dining room use them as an extra storage space. They don’t eat in there day to day and find themselves manically clearing them out in search of the table before a special occasion. In fact, you are much more likely to eat around the table as a family if you have a lounge/diner instead. If the dining table isn’t shut away in its own space, it’s less likely to become a home for clutter and eating at it is much more appealing.
The only downside to a lounge/diner is that it can be hard to work it into your space. Fitting large pieces like a sofa, TV until and dining table and chairs into the same area isn’t easy, and it can impact your decor. Here are some tips to help you to separate your living and dining space, allowing you to make the most of your room while creating a functional and stylish space.
Get The Furniture Right
If you are going to fit Living Room Furniture into the same space as your dining room, size should be a key consideration. You can’t just buy the furniture that you like the look of. You need to think about whether it will fit in how you want it. Taking detailed measurements and creating a floor plan can be a big help.
Use Your Furniture as a Divider
In the ideal world, you’d have screens or even walls to divide your spaces. But, we don’t all have the space for this, and if your space is small, high dividers can make things feel smaller. Instead, maximise your space and really make the most of it by using what you have already got. Use shelving, or even the back of your sofa, to separate the zones in your room.
Use the Floor
Laminate or wooden flooring can work well in a large open space. And, it gives you the option to add rugs. Furnish the floor in your living space with one colour or pattern, and then put something different under your dining table. The wood makes it one cohesive space, but the addition of rugs give each area their own style and help you to create two separate rooms.
You probably won’t want two completely different feature walls in one space. It would be overpowering and feel a bit too much. But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t use the main wall in the dining area, and its opposite number in the lounge to separate the spaces. In the lounge, focus on a warm colour and perhaps add a gallery of photographs and pictures. Then, keep the dining room light and open, perhaps with a lighter shade of the same colour from your lounge feature wall.