Many modern-day homes are constructed with a single area for both the dining room and living room. Known as a "living room-dining room combo," it saves space while providing the functions of both respective areas. You can find them in both traditional homes, as well as apartments, duplexes and townhomes. Because of their unique design, however, many homeowners struggle to decorate their living room-dining room combo area.
Cohesive Color Scheme
The golden rule of decorating a living room-dining room combo is to use a single cohesive color scheme. If your dining room features black and maroon (along with various accent colors), your living room should also feature the same black and maroon colors. Unfortunately, this is a rule often overlooked by homeowners, some of whom believe it's best to use different color schemes. When two different color schemes are used in the living room-dining room combo area, however, it creates an awkward appearance while hurting your efforts to achieve a uniform style. The bottom line is that you should choose, and stick with, a single color scheme for both the dining room and living room area.
Does your living room transition into the dining room seamlessly? If not, it should. Again, this is another reason why you should use a single cohesive color scheme. Of course, there are other elements that can affect the transition between these two areas, such as the style of furniture. If the living room area has rustic and vintage furniture while the dining room has modern furniture, it's not going to look right. Maintain similar furniture throughout both areas to ensure a seamless transition.
Watch the Light
Lighting can enhance a living room-dining room combo area, but only if it's used right. Embrace natural light by opening the blinds and pulling back the curtains. Natural light enhances the decor of just about any room, and combo areas such as these are no exception.
Less is More
Sometimes it's best to follow the "less is more" rule. In other words, fewer pieces of furnishings is usually better than stuffing an excessive amount of furnishings into a living room-dining room combo area. Due to the limited space of these combo areas, you'll have to selectively choose which pieces of furnishings you want to use. If a piece doesn't flow with the decor or serve any functional benefit, perhaps it's best to move it elsewhere.