Not all homes feature a dedicated dining room and a dedicated living room. Some feature a single area in which these rooms are combined. Known as a dining room-living room combo area, it presents new decorating hurdles for homeowners. With no clear separation between the dining room and living room, you'll need to take a different approach to decorating it. Thankfully, you can create an attractive and functional dining room-living room by following the tips outlined below.
Stick with Similar Furniture
When decorating a dining room-living room combo area, it's a good idea to stick with similar furniture. In other words, if you currently have brown furniture for your dining room table and chairs, you should stick with brown furniture for your living room couch, soda, recliner, etc. Changing the color or style will create an awkward appearance that hurts your efforts to achieve a stylish home.
Define the Areas
Additionally, you should define the different spaces in your dining room-living room combo area. What does this mean exactly? Basically, it means creating an area specifically for living room furnishings and a separate area specifically for dining room furnishings. This approach is similar to how you should decorate a studio apartment. Even if you have multiple rooms combined into a single space, you can still define each "room" through furniture and furnishings.
Check the Floors
It's also a good idea to use two or more area rugs in your dining room-living room combo area. Area rugs add more than just color; they help to define the spaces, which as we discussed is essential when decorating combo areas. If you have an L-shaped furniture arrangement in the living room area, for instance, you can use a rectangular-shaped area rug to define the space. And if you have a circular-shaped dining table, you can use a circular-shaped area rug underneath. Following this otherwise simple tip will make a world of difference in your ability to create an attractive, functional combo area.
Keep It Clean
When multiple spaces are combined into a single area, you may find it difficult to keep the combo area clean. This is particularly true when speaking about a dining room and living room combo area. Since these are two of the most frequently used areas in a typical home, they tend to accumulate clutter. And over time, this clutter can negatively affect the aesthetics and functionality of the combo space. Therefore, you should take a proactive approach towards keeping your dining room-living room combo area clean.