For most Russians, the designThe result of which two or more rooms are united into one space is not a novelty. Combining the kitchen with the living room has become the most popular option for connecting several functional areas within a single room. Most often, this method of expanding the possibilities of housing is resorted to if the kitchen has a very modest area or the living room does not meet the requirements of comfortable accommodation of household members and their guests. Often, in the process of uniting the kitchen with an adjacent room, the corridor or part of the hallway is connected. The resulting spacious and bright room can be equipped with a high level of comfort, ergonomics and aesthetics. In most apartments built in the new millennium, the layout initially assumes a combined space for decorating the kitchen, with the tar and living room. But drawing up a design for a multi-functional room is not an easy task. Not only because it is necessary to correctly distribute all the functional segments, to choose ergonomic layout of furniture, but also to preserve the unity of stylistic solutions for obtaining a harmonious, stylish and externally attractive image of space.
Advantages and disadvantages of connecting the kitchen with the living room
Like any design technique, combining kitchen with living room implies the presence of pluses and minuses. The obvious advantages are:
- Obtaining a single spacious and bright room, in which it is possible to arrange several functional areas with a high level of comfort;
- In apartments with very small kitchen, connectionWith an adjacent room allows you to organize a dining area next to the working one, which not only simplifies the process of serving and changing dishes, but also creates an organic image of the whole space;
- Traffic in an apartment or house is significantly reduced;
- The hostess can communicate with the households in the recreation area during cooking or other cooking processes (you can monitor the children without interrupting the activities).
The disadvantages of a combined room include the following facts:
- Smells and sounds of working kitchen processesWill invariably enter the recreation area of the living room. Part of the solution to these problems can be with the help of a powerful hood and the use of other household appliances with low noise;
- Cleaning the working area of the kitchen part should be done more often and more carefully because of the location in the common room.
If you plan the layout of the kitchenZone, dining room and living room, then you can minimize almost all the shortcomings. But it is obvious that in many respects it will be necessary to spend money - to buy noiseless household appliances, the use of finishing materials resistant to humidity and temperature changes, the execution of furniture facades in an option that can be cleaned.
Zoning options in a combined room
Design projects of modern kitchens connected withLiving rooms, on the Internet are most often borrowed from foreign sites. It is necessary to take into account the difference in mentality and styles of life of our compatriots and housewives in Europe or America. If the average European or American uses the kitchen space mainly to warm up the ready meals or quickly cook something from the semi-finished products, the Russian hostess with a large family can spend half a day in traffic between the stove, the refrigerator and the sink to prepare a full dinner of three dishes. These nuances need to be taken into account not only when buying home appliances, but also the choice of finishing materials, the location of the kitchen set and the consideration of all the rules of ergonomics.
For the Russian owner of an apartment or houseThe variant of combining the kitchen with the living room in the form where each functional segment has quite tangible boundaries is more suitable when there is no complete merger of the two (and together with the dining room and three) zones into a single design solution. In order to effectively and without extra costs zonirovat kitchen segment from the living room recreation area there are many ways.
Use of kitchen island for conditionalDivision of space into two parts - a popular design technique. The island does not completely cover the space, because the approach to it can be carried out from all sides, but it quite clearly zonates the space of the combined kitchen. Most often the module itself is executed in the same colors as the kitchen set, but its side facing the living room can be executed in a shade that is more in harmony with the design of the recreation area.
Even greater effect can be achieved withUse as a zoning element of the peninsula or bar. The module, one end attached to the wall, clearly delineates the boundaries of the kitchen area. If it is possible to place hanging cabinets or open shelves over a peninsula (in the form of a small suspended rack), then the kitchen segment immediately becomes a "corner". In the case of a peninsula or bar, part of the living room automatically becomes a zone for eating, because behind the counter top of these interior elements can accommodate up to four people for a short meal.
Excellent design reception - useKitchen peninsula as a link between two opposing zones. From the kitchen, the peninsula acts as a storage system for utensils or a module for embedding household appliances, a countertop for cutting or a surface for short meals. And on the part of the living room the peninsula can be equipped with open shelves for storing books. A small home library within a compact module is a great way to maintain the thesis that "there are not many storage systems."
In some apartment buildings equipped withGas stoves can not completely clean the wall between the kitchen and the adjoining room. In this case, you can use the partial alignment - use part of the wall to decorate the bar and leave something like a wide doorway. On the one hand - both rooms will receive more natural light, on the other - the functional segments will be partially isolated.
Screens, shelves, partitions, partialOverlapping of two functional zones is a variant of more than obvious zoning. It is effective to use for these purposes a small partition with a built-in fireplace. The hearth can be double-sided or demonstrate a fire game only from the side of the living room. In any case, it will not only be an excellent zoning element, but also an effective part of the modern interior.
Zoning element between kitchen and living roomCan become another functional segment - the dining room. Dining table and chairs will not only be located on the border of two zones, but also help to plan the layout of the kitchen set. Most often with such a setup of the dining group, the kitchen furniture ensemble has a linear or angular layout. As a result, you can create the maximum number of storage systems and built-in appliances for the minimum possible amount of useful space allocated for the kitchen segment.
If we talk about zoning on the part of the living room,Then most often conditionally the separating element between the segments is soft furniture - a linear or angular sofa, a pair of armchairs. In support of the recreation area of the living room can also act carpeting, which in the kitchen segment is completely inappropriate, and in the recreation area is more than preferred.
If the combined room has a largeArea and high ceiling, it is possible to resort to zoning with the distribution of levels of floor and ceiling coverings. Typically, the kitchen area is set on a low podium, a little towering above the living room level. The boundaries of functional segments in this case are more than obvious. A similar technique can be used in the design of the ceiling, dividing the zones into different levels of suspended ceilings. Obviously, in this case also the built-in lighting system will create zoning of a large room.
The lighting system can also become zoningElement. Obviously, in a spacious room with several functional segments, all zones should be illuminated. It can be both spotlights, and ribbon lighting, a combination of options. In addition to ceiling lighting, which very clearly holds the invisible boundaries between the zones, you can use floor lamps and wall lamps to illuminate the seating area in the living room. In the kitchen segment, in addition to ceiling lighting, you can use the backlight of the lower part of the kitchen cabinets to illuminate the work surfaces.
Colors for modern design
Trends in the design of residential spacesAppear not so often as in the fashion world, for example, but nevertheless it is possible to note trends that will be relevant in the next few seasons. There are many universal color solutions, taking that you can be sure that your kitchen-living room will be fashionable and stylish in the next few years. For example, light shades are always in trend. In particular, if you need to visually increase a small space or add light to a room located on the north side of the building. So, the bright palette, in which white predominates, can create an easy, laid-back image of a room of even very modest dimensions, but it is important not to forget about the accents that are simply necessary to focus attention and emphasize the geometry of the room.
Obviously, to create a harmonious interiorA premise in which several functional segments are combined, unifying factors are necessary. As a rule, such factors are the finishing materials for various surfaces of the room. Most often in the kitchen-dining-living room, the finish of the ceiling, floor and walls has one manner of execution in all zones. The only deviation from this rule is the finishing of the kitchen apron (in some cases it extends to the ceiling, if the open shelves are used instead of the upper storey of the cabinets). If, however, the main color of the finish is any shade of white, the room risks losing not only its individuality, but also its boundaries and form. Without contrasting accents can not do. When choosing such a light finish, you need to carefully select furniture in each functional area, without leaving any subject of the interior without attention - from the lamps to the frames for the photo on the walls.
A great way to create a light and at the same timeWarm mood in the interior - the alternation of snow-white finish with surfaces of bright wood. Kitchen set, countertops, bar counter or island, storage systems in the living room area - all these elements can be made of wood or its spectacular imitation with a beautiful natural pattern. Arrange small color accents can be with the help of lamps, large living plants, carpet in the segment of rest.
Contrast combinations are always in trend. Not only because they invariably bring dynamics and tone to the interior, but they also allow creating original images of premises even for those who do not have experience in decorating dwellings. Pick a pair of light tone is easy - shades of graphite gray, the color of bitter chocolate and black, can be a spectacular dark accent, emphasizing the features of this or that design of the combined space. Dark shades can be used for visual expansion of space. If the top of the kitchen unit is light and the lower part is dark, then the room will appear to be higher visually.
Another universal option for creatingUneasy harmonious design of the kitchen, combined with the living room, and a truly cozy room with a warm atmosphere - the use of beige palette. Alternation of light beige, white, sand colors with light wood creates an easy and warm image, in which any household or guest of the home will feel comfortable.
The popularity of gray and its manyShades are not quenched with the arrival of a new design season. Versatility, practicality and simplicity of combinatorics put this in all respects a neutral color in the top-sheet of color solutions for premises of any functional load. Kitchen-studio was no exception. In the working area of the kitchen, the gloss of the stainless steel of household appliances, and often the table tops, the kitchen apron and even the dishes displayed on display, is most often dominant. To support this metallic shine is the easiest way with white color and any of the shades of gray tone. Noble and yet calm, balanced and elegant image of the premises you are guaranteed. For the introduction of warm notes in the color temperature of the room. Experts recommend integrating surfaces and elements from wood or imitating it.
Are the accent bright spots in the finishA combined room? Of course, if you feel that the interior is necessary. Kitchen-living room, as a rule, after combining becomes a room of impressive size, which is quite capable of adopting the integration of bright, contrasting finishes. Depending on the layout of the room, the location of window and doorways, an accent wall can be washed both the surface of the kitchen segment and the wall in the seating area of the living room. In any case, a bright wall that is different from the rest should be the only one. It can become the only surface, decorated with wallpaper with a pattern, while the remaining planes are executed in a one-color version.