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How To Make The Most Out A Living Room That Doubles As A Dining Room

Whether it’s a studio apartment or a modern home, we all love the breezy layout and upscale design of an open floor plan. However, creating clear separations from room to room while still preserving the essence of the open space can be a challenge.

If you’re working with an open living room and dining room, then this article will help you set up these areas to clearly define and characterize each space, decorate it to fit your home and achieve that perfect interior design you are seeking!

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Define Spaces With Rugs


Adding a rug to a space adds texture, brings warmth, and infuses color, but it also works wonders at defining and separating spaces.

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Create clear separations between your living room and dining room areas when you assign each one its own rug. It visually creates boundaries showing you and your guests where the living room begins and where the dining room ends. And since they come in so many shapes and sizes, you can always find one that fits. Just lay down your rugs and get to decorating.

Use Your Couch As A Room Divider

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Screens are a great way to divide up any space, but they defeat the purpose of an open concept. Instead, use your furniture to create a much-needed division from room to room. When placed strategically, the back of your couch can act as the perfect room divider, and it won’t create a makeshift wall, ruining your airy open plan.

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Install your couch with the back facing the dining room. Doing so will block off each room in a way that feels completely defined and all its own. Now, set up your living room to have the essentials (a coffee table, end tables, accent chairs, anything) and lay them out in front of the couch in a way that feels functional.

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Swap Your Kitchen Island For A Bistro Table

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As you already know it’s important to evaluate the size and layout of your physical space when decorating, but don’t forget to think about your end goal for the space before you get started.

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Depending on your lifestyle, you might not need a large dining room for entertaining. If you’re more likely to host movie nights than dinner parties, chances are you’ll benefit from a larger couch and smaller dining table.

Incorporate A Bistro Table Into Your Living Room Space

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If you like the idea of an in-kitchen bistro table, but affording an apartment with space for a kitchen island feels about as realistic as owning your own private island, fear not.

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Position a small bistro table right off the side of your living-room setup as a place to enjoy your morning coffee or weeknight dinners. Then, when you have friends over, use the chairs from your mini dining room for extra seating in your living room.

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Assign Each Space Characterizing Traits


When defining a space, we suggest you explore design traits that go far beyond seating options and rug designs. The addition of simple accessories and design elements will all establish each space as its own.

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For instance, hang a pendant lamp over the dining table to give your dinner space its very own lighting. This will make the dining area space feel defined and custom. Additionally, painting an accent wall in the living room, or hanging wallpaper in the dining room will give that space its own identity.

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Make the Most of Your Space

Scroll through for everything you need to maximize your open-concept floor plan. Add everything from rugs to pendant lights to your virtual shopping carts and you’ll have both a glamorous dining room to host dinner parties and a cozy living room to catch up with friends.

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