Working With a Combination Living Room/Dining Room Area in a Small Space Home.


   If your small space residence has a combination living room/dining room area, you're not alone.  Many small houses and apartment units today offer combination areas such as this.  It's not difficult to create the appearance of two distinct areas.  All it takes is using a few tricks with furniture arrangement and decorating to give your small space home two separate rooms from one.  Area rugs and screens or room dividers can also be used.  For those who don't want to use big room dividers it's easy enough to accomplish without using them.  One way to do so without using screens or dividers is through the use of large area rugs - one for each "room", and arrange the furniture around these rugs.  This will provide a visual separation of the two rooms.  Along with this, you can provide other visual separation cues through use of color on the walls.  If you are allowed to paint or paper the walls, try using a lighter shade of whatever color you use in one area, plus a color coordinated wallpaper border.  You can then achieve distinction of two areas by making the main color scheme the secondary one in the other area.   This will achieve separation yet unity rather than disunity which might occur if you use two completely different colors for each area.  If you want to create an accent wall in one of the areas, paint that wall the same shade of color as the other area; the rest of the walls a lighter shade.

  Unity among the two areas can also be achieved by keeping the same decorating theme in both.  A beach theme, country living theme - any of these and other themes can be incorporated into both a living room area and a dining room area.  Dining room table accessories, such as salt and pepper shakers, napkin holders, place mats or tablecloths can reflect the theme.  Decorate both areas with pictures in the same theme, and try to keep the furniture similar, such as dark cherry wood for the dining room table and chairs, and dark cherry wood for the living room coffee table and end tables. 

  Furniture can be used as a natural border to separate both areas when working with a combination living room/dining room area in a small space home.  You could place a large bookcase or buffet between the two areas where you want the separation to occur.  Or have the buffet face the dining room one way, with a bookcase against the back of it facing the living room area.  Placing the furniture back to back likes this creates a border, giving more floor space to each area.  You'll need to keep an area free to walk freely from the dining room area to the living room area, too.  Low furniture will also create the illusion of more space in each room.  Low backed sofas and couches in the living room, for example, give an air of spaciousness to the area. 

  With some of these suggestions, you can create the separate areas you want from your combination living room/dining room space while achieving harmony overall.