Having a studio or open space that mixes living and dining areas can seem like an interior challenge. You want to create separation while maintaining the open flow of the space. To help you, we have collected more than 50 examples of living-dining room combinations, including studios. Our examples show how positioning furniture, using color or changing the layout can make a space feel beautiful and functional.
51 small living dining room combo ideas
1. This small one-bedroom apartment feels light, airy and open thanks to the use of white walls and light furniture. The table is placed along the window with a pendant light above to provide plenty of light in the space.
2. In this visualization of the living room-dining room combination, division is created in the space, not by using walls or dividers, but by drawing the eye to the large floor-to-ceiling shelves , which border the “living room” of the open floor plan. It’s a smart use of space and extra storage space.
3. In this chic and modern living room with a clear view of a dining room, we see the use of black and white accents to create visual interest without cluttering up the space.
4. This combo dining lounge-small apartment shows that modern and minimalist are not the only way to create such a space. Using Scandinavian-style chairs, lighting ancient and rich hardwood decorated with a herringbone pattern, the space seems luxurious despite its size.
5. Decorating a living-dining room set can be tricky. This space is a great example of choosing a palette you can stick to to create a seamless feel between the living room, dining room, and kitchen in the apartment. Dining room pendant lights and table legs add a splash of yellow while doors and countertops feature a rich green.
6. Green also takes center stage in this perfect living-dining room design. To tie the two pieces together in the open space, light green and gray fabrics are incorporated into the dining chairs, sofa and even window textiles. Using cohesive fabrics is a great way to make the room look together.
7. Some designers are afraid to use dark monochromatic furniture, but for this apartment, black can be used perfectly without making the space feel too cramped. This sleek and modern living-dining room combination offers a kind of yin and yang with black accents, a white sofa and light natural woods.
8. In this living-dining room combination, light streams in through the large windows, giving the space an airy and open feel. The dining table is placed at the window giving an al fresco dining feel even indoors.
9. In this contemporary white and gray living-dining room, light fixtures provide both task lighting and division. At the kitchen level, a light bar goes to the cupboards. Above the dining table is a modern chandelier which is a great way to mark the dining room space.
10. In a small dining room and living room, it’s important to make the most of your space. In this case we see the dining table in the form of a long bar placed at the back of the sofa.
11. Speaking of size, this kitchen and living-dining room combo uses decorative globe lights to draw the eye upward, creating an illusion of more space. The elegant stone work in the floors and walls adds a modern touch.
12. This bachelor rug is an inspiration for what a studio can be like when you play with a pattern. Textured walls, ceilings, and even the plush rug underfoot lend dimension and interest to the living kitchen dining combo.
13. In this spacious apartment with a combined kitchen and dining room, a single floor lamp is seen in the foreground that matches the white walls, chairs and cabinets. Using white to make the space feel more open was a smart design choice. The herringbone rug is a bold element that adds interest.
14. This sleek open floor plan uses a long kitchen island, a pair of graphic prints, and hanging lights to divide the room into three. Furniture, lighting and artwork can all be used in this way to separate a kitchen, living room and dining room.
15. While many open floor plans can use the same wall color, this example shows that accent walls can create separation. This light blue accent wall pairs perfectly with the coffee table and nesting chairs in the space.
16. This Scandinavian apartment has almost spa quality with its use of dim lighting, neutral textiles and light woods.
17. Natural woods pop up in this living and dining space, both in the cabinetry and in the accent wall. Here division is created by using a modern fireplace.
18. Glass and metal wall dividers can also create separation in small spaces. We also see here the use of mixed furniture styles in the (bright) sofa and the table chair combination.
19. Expansive wall storage is a great way to make the most of a small space like this.
20. Wallpaper is also nothing to fear in compact floor plans. In this apartment, a subtle wallpaper print adds visual interest without cluttering the walls, letting the bright furniture take center stage.
21. In this open-concept, modern living-dining room, wall shelves in the same matte black metal as the chairs and a pendant light create a dividing line. This separates the dining room table from the lounge area.
22. Richer tones can also work well in open floor plans, as evidenced by the dark wood, modern dining chairs, and marble accent wall in this interior. The placement of the fireplace is also unique here, allowing seating to easily focus on a roaring fire or a favorite TV program. The wooden storage also brings a unique decorative touch.
23. Smart design for compact spaces can also incorporate moveable walls that slide on ceiling mounted tracks. You can also see that this concept is well executed in the unique layout of this home.
24. Pops of greenery in the form of indoor plants make this space lively and welcoming. They too can be used to create a more finished open floor plan.
25. In the minimalist design of this home, the console table with lamps provides an improvised room divider. This separates the dining room from the living room while still leaving room for entertaining. The large projection screen provides a full view from all vantage points
26. Window and door frames can also be a great place to attach color accents in an open floor plan, as seen here. Pops of blue in the frames pair beautifully with the modern chair and bold patterned rug.
27. In this contemporary apartment, a gray living room indicates that you don’t limit yourself to whites or neutrals for paint colors. Paired with the light hardwoods and overhead lighting, it looks very sleek and polished.
28. A long pendant can also be a unique way to divide a living room and dining room in a studio apartment like this.
29. Sitting also helps define an open space. The light gray sectional sofa draws the eye to the living room and large window while globe pendant lights make the dining area more apparent.
30. Drawing the eye to the ceiling with a unique finish can also make a living-dining room combination look more spacious.
31. In this light and bright Scandinavian living room, a graphic rug and throw pillows add pops of color to the otherwise neutral palette used throughout the small space. To add to its airy feel, walls, furniture, and even light fixtures share a color palette.
32. In tight spaces, vertical storage can reign supreme. Here we see an example of cabinets becoming a standout accent wall with open shelving. The window curtain acts as a room divider.
33. In this compact apartment, we see built-ins in the kitchen for storing appliances – a clever way to maximize space. Bursts of greenery through throw pillows and indoor plants add freshness.
34. In this overhead view of a living-dining room, separation is achieved through wall accents and natural greenery placed along the sofa.
35. Here we see a sliding wall panel that can provide privacy for the seating area. Additionally, the dining area sits on a unique tile floor seen in the kitchen.
36. This studio creates a sense of calm by using a flowing setup. The dining room is in the foreground, the living room in the middle, and then the slightly raised sleeping area in the back.
37. We see a similar approach taken in this one-room apartment design that combines the living room and dining area into a long bench placed opposite the raised bed.
38. In this compact space, a central wall placed in the kitchen allows for division while letting light in through the floor-to-ceiling windows of the balconies.
39. While natural light is one way to make a small space feel lighter, monochromatic palettes with dim lighting can be a great way to create small space luxury.
40. Clean lines in the cabinetry, floor, ceiling, and even window treatments give this minimalist living-dining space a streamlined sophistication.
41. The living-dining room does not have to be elegant. Here we see comfy blankets, a sack chair, and a lovely tea set in a much more casual and approachable setting.
42. Geometry can also be a powerful ally in creating a fresh living room and dining room combination. The geometric coffee table and narrow vertical drop-ins are unexpected additions to anchor the room.
43. In this clean and elegantly designed apartment, mid-century modern touches give the overall design a contemporary feel. The mossy green sectional is a particularly striking addition to the space.
44. Rugs are also practical solutions for creating a designated area. Here we see a charcoal palette broken up by warm woods, white and teal hues.
45. Entertainment devices can also be used to create a “room” feel in a compact apartment.
46. In this creative living room and dining room design, we see a well-coordinated palette of green, yellow and gray to tie the two rooms together.
47. A living room shouldn’t be cluttered as long as the space is used wisely. Here we see storage space in the form of compartments under the bench and large vertical cabinets.
48. Small spaces are also good for taking risks, as evidenced by the use of red in this apartment.
49. Using a dining room table as a console table can be a clever way for the living-dining room combination.
50. You can give structure to modern studio apartments with little space for separation by using transparent enclosures or textiles.
51. Whatever the space, it is possible to enlarge a living-dining room, or even a one-room studio, by playing with light, color, texture and unique touches that personalize the space .
Some questions and answers
How do I combine a small living and dining room?
1- Add solid, straight lines that are parallel with walls. Upholstered chairs and side tables can be an elegant touch in small rooms; these details create depth and a sense of proportion to an otherwise tiny area.A trick for making your small living space feel more open: Try adding vertical elements such as bookshelves and plants.
2- Keep colors in check. Try light pastels and white, which help define space but don’t seem as imposing.
3- Let windows do some of your decorating work for you. If a window is overlooking a spectacular view (like water or mountains), allow it to shine by surrounding it with neutral shades that won’t compete with nature’s artwork.
4- Try using mirrors and lighting to create illusions of space. Think of them as optical tools that can do amazing things. They’re a great way to extend space and add definition. You might consider installing recessed lighting or sconces that accentuate architectural features on either side of small windows, too. Also, adding mirrors along adjacent walls makes rooms look bigger because they reflect light into dark corners. This is especially important in hallways, which are essential but often overlooked when decorating.
5- Go smaller. If there’s no way around it, creating a small space that serves as both living and dining can be challenging. But it doesn’t have to be: Paint neutral colors on only half of a large wall, use furniture pieces with built-in storage solutions (such as ottomans), and keep decor items such as books in adjacent rooms or at least out of sight.
How big of a table can I fit in a 10×10 room?
The basic rule of thumb is that tables should take up no more than one-third of a room’s floor space. For a 10×10-foot room, that means you have roughly 30 square feet to work with, meaning any table bigger than 6 feet wide and 3 feet long will eat up too much of your available space.
How can I make my dining room more functional?
1- Make your dining area more useful by arranging seating around it. If you’re short on space, consider stools or benches so that people can pull up and gather. If you have more space, add chairs and even side tables, though these should remain light so they don’t take up too much visual real estate.
2- Move out of traditional dinnerware and replace it with appetizer plates and bowls. You’ll still be able to serve main courses, but you’ll be ready for an impromptu cocktail party or family dinner at any moment. Plus, smaller dishes fit well in tight spaces. A set of nice glasses can add an elegant touch, too. (See also: The Best Table Settings)
3- Go with furniture that folds out of sight.
4- Get extra seating with stools that are built into desks, or coffee tables that double as ottomans. (See also: 6 Pieces of Furniture You Didn’t Know Were Two Pieces of Furniture)
5- Add extra storage space with kitchen cabinets or deep shelves. They don’t have to be attached; they can sit on top of existing cabinets and shelves.
How do you fit a table in a small space?
1- Measure out space that has been cleared for table and chairs. A cozy table that fits into a small space needs to have between 36 and 42 inches of seating room on each side. The ideal size for a small, round bistro table is 30 inches in diameter; it will seat two people comfortably with enough room left over for a plant or decorative bowl. A rectangular bistro table can seat four comfortably in an area as little as 4 feet wide by 5 feet long with 6-foot ceilings.
2- Buy smaller chairs and table. Small, stackable or folding chairs can be used for formal dinner parties when needed, but that’s about it. If space is tight, look for upholstered or tufted chairs with no armrests and backs less than 12 inches from floor. The lower-to-the ground height of these types of chairs makes them more comfortable for shorter people sitting cross-legged as well as more appropriate for use at a small table.
3- Buy stools for breakfast or cocktail tables. Buy chairs that can be used at kitchen and cocktail tables as well as formal dining rooms. Swivel bar stools are particularly good in small spaces, because they don’t take up floor space when not in use but can easily be pulled up for meals and snacks.
4- Keep tables short and round. A small table that seats four should be no more than 36 inches long—shorter if it has leaves. With seating for four, it needs to seat everyone at once, so nothing smaller than 30 inches would work in any case; avoid sets with leaves altogether unless there’s ample floor space. Choose bar height or coffee table height instead of counter height or higher.
5- Decorate with light. A small space can feel cramped and heavy with dark colors, so keep upholstery, window treatments and art white or neutral. A tall credenza with open shelving that displays china and other decorative pieces works well at one end of a narrow, rectangular table—just be sure it doesn’t block someone sitting across from someone else. An upholstered ottoman is good for putting feet on as well as storing blankets during parties.
Should connecting rooms be painted the same color?
Probably not. Painting connecting rooms in different colors creates visual separation and separates each space in the eyes of viewers. This can help create three separate spaces and allows you to style each area differently. You could also do a bolder, statement color for one of these rooms, too—perhaps even adding molding or wainscoting to define them as separate spaces.
How do you make a small kitchen table look bigger?
1- Adding additional seating next to your kitchen table will help utilize space while also giving off an informal feel.
2- Make sure that all of your seats are facing each other, not away from each other. This makes it easier for people to talk with one another at dinner parties.
3-When it comes to chairs and tables, try adding barstools or higher chairs. If you decide on barstools just be careful that they are easily accessible for everyone who wants to sit at them
4-. Don’t clutter your table with decor or things like vases. Not only is it hard for guests to move around but it makes everything look cluttered, making it hard for guests to enjoy themselves and encouraging them to leave early.
5-When deciding on what kind of lighting you want in your kitchen, go for something that isn’t too bright and overpowering because it will not only give off an uncomfortable feel but also cause everyone at dinner parties squint when they try and eat their meal.
How much space do you need around a dining table?
A 6-foot-long table will seat up to four people comfortably, but it works just as well with less. A table of any length will require more space if you plan on standing while eating. Take into account whether or not you want additional seating in front of and behind each chair, as well as at either end of the table; we don’t recommend squeezing chairs in where they won’t fit comfortably.
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