How to divide an open space with kitchen and living room

To merge kitchen and living room in a single environment, whether it is a preference or an obligatory choice dictated by the square footage, it can become an advantage. Creating a open space it makes it possible to relate two different areas of the house, creating a practical and welcoming space, much coveted by those looking for a modern solution.

Linking two places so essential to our daily life favors the conviviality and makes our home more dynamic. However the living room and the kitchenette respond to needs different. For this, even if the merger of these two areas allows you to have a more configuration fluent and bright, it often feels the need to divide the kitchen and living room in one way or another, outlining its functions.

There are some precautions adopted by architects and interior designers, which allow the two areas to communication without abrupt interruptions, while maintaining one diversification of the roles between the operational area and the relaxation area.

Allies for this task are undoubtedly the dividing walls glass, but also the supporting structures of the house and some architectural elements, from the ceiling to the beams. And if sometimes the simplest solution can be found in items like a couch, an island or a vertical partition, may also suffice a carpet or a touch of color.

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Separate kitchen and living room with architectural elements

To emphasize the transition between one area and another of our open space some can be highlighted structural features of the room. Load-bearing columns and exposed beams, for example, are very useful elements to dictate the rhythm and scan the spaces.

The same goes for ceilings and floors: create different levels, varying the heights, it’s a great way to define kitchen and living. Lift one of the two rooms with one platform or more steps, as well as lower the ceiling above one of these areas, it allows you to create a visible but not intrusive division.

The transparency of glass

All the benefits of natural light and the division of environments in a solution. Glass partitions provide the ideal compromise for intersperse living and working area of ​​the kitchen without breaking the fluidity dell’open space. Per protect the living room from the chaotic spignatto and any odors, you can opt for a solution that isoli totally cooking. Those who prefer a more contained subdivision can choose one half wall: without blocking a light source, it will almost be possible to create a room in the room and still obtain a harmonious result.

Foto Christophe Dugied

Foto Christophe Dugied

Vertical dividers

In addition to glass, there are several solutions that can put the kitchen and living room in their place without sacrificing too much space. A great classic is the library, functional and elegant. But among the expedients we must not forget the dividing panels, that between different materials and processes perform their task by adding an element decorative in addition to the open space. A more flexible solution? Tent: a rail on the ceiling and a simple gesture are enough to isolate the dining room from the kitchen.

From floor to ceiling: divide with color, upholstery and carpets

When we want separate visually two environments without excessive structural interventions, the color it is always a good solution. Contrasts chromatics help to delimit the areas, which you choose to paint walls or ceiling. But even under our feet we can find the solution we are looking for. A more challenging option is the one it uses coatings different for i floors of living room and kitchen. But a similar effect can be achieved with gods carpets, which also make it possible to divide up spaces and functions.

Divide at a man’s height

We have seen how to mark the rooms starting from the ceiling, using the floor or through structures that occupy all the vertical space. But to define the functions of the kitchen and living room, the volumes of elements such as a sofa or counter.

If in small kitchens the island it is not the most suitable solution, those who have the right square footage available can use it to create the illusion of a separation of the two zones. Also a sofa positioned to give shoulders to the kitchen can easily create a subtle imaginary border.


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