Tips on Highlighting a Common Drawing and Dining Space

Only the very rich can afford to have a separate dining room. Even the finest apartments these days, have a dining area extension to the living space. In a way this is a fine compromise, since the living room looks larger while it has an area segregated for dining, with the same table and chairs also coming in useful for other purposes like chatting together and having a few drinks or studying.

Only the very rich can afford to have a separate dining room. Even the finest apartments these days, have a dining area extension to the living space. In a way this is a fine compromise, since the living room looks larger while it has an area segregated for dining, with the same table and chairs also coming in useful for other purposes like chatting together and having a few drinks or studying.

Continuity and Extension

dining living rooms

  • Opt for low slung sofas for the living room area.
  • Choose simple design tables and chairs for the dining area
  • Ensure color harmony to for continuity of space and looks
  • Select right lighting for living room in the form of wall sconces and pendants or a chandelier if you like along with a couple of rail or spot lights on the walls, never bare bulb lighting.
  • If your room is rather small and you wish to create an impression of space, go for compact sized furniture, nothing plush
  • The far end of the room can be used to display a wallpaper of a nature scene. It will give the an enhanced sense of space.

Contrasts and Segregation

drawing dining space

  • If the harmony of colors does not appeal to you and you like the drawing room and dining areas to be segregated, the effect can be achieved simply by using different colored upholstery for sofas and for the dining chairs.
  • If you do not like the idea of visitors watching while you or anyone in your family is dining, then a filigree wood screen as a separator is apt. When not in use, this folding type wooden screen can be folded and stored discreetly, or against walls to enhance the décor. You can just as well place a couple of potted plants to screen the dining area, separating the two areas. Another variation is to use Japanese style folding or sliding screen, to partition the area should you need privacy. Using a different colored paint for the wall nearest to the dining area, also conveys the feeling of segregating the two areas.
  • Simply positioning the sofas in your living rooms can create separation. Position sofas so they face away from the dining area.
  • Have separate lighting fixtures for the two areas.
  • L shaped dining-cum-drawing room have a natural seperator

Minimalism

drawing space

  • Though it may look uncomfortable, you can use steel and leather and glass to good effect to create a splendid minimalist effect.
  • Use low slung furniture in the living rooms and also low slung table and chairs for the dining area. The purpose is to create an effect of vast space. For any accessories you consider, choose small and compact ones. If you must have a plant, for example, use bonsai.
  • Using light colors is the way to go. If you must use a dark color, use it on the ceiling or under window sills or corner alcove with lights to go along.

These are but a few of the things you can do with your living-cum-dining room. It all boils down to personal preferences. Some like the minimalist look for the elegant simplicity while for others, it is plush all the way.

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by Sandesh Dhanraj, on December 28, 2015