Forms and design features of kitchens combined with the living room
Today, the kitchen combined with the living room is an excellent solution in interior design not only for studio apartments for single young people who have decided to start an independent adult life, but also for large families who need additional square meters. Also combining the kitchen and living room is very important for country houses.
Among the obvious advantages of such a solution is, undoubtedly, an increase in the area. The combined kitchen is more practical, functional, looks modern and aesthetically pleasing.
However, there are drawbacks, including smell and noise penetrating the living room, as well as difficulties associated with the design and layout: the furniture in the living room and the kitchen should be made in the same interior style, complement each other without overloading the space.
The design of the kitchen in any house, whether it is a studio in a new building or a grandmother's “Khrushchev” apartment in a country cottage or a small country house, should be approached very responsibly. As a rule, the kitchen serves us much longer than other interior items, despite its daily intensive use. Agree, a sofa or chairs should be replaced more often. Therefore, it is especially important to carefully consider all the details and not skimp on quality materials. When drafting a future kitchen-living room, it is necessary to take into account many aspects: manufacturer, size of construction, production material, color of facades, room style, lighting features, accessories, decorative elements and much more. Let's try to figure it out.
The shape of the design of the kitchen can be divided into:
- straight lines (simple linear wall construction);
- corner (L-shaped structures adjacent to two adjacent walls);
- rectangular (U-shaped kitchen with additional work surfaces).
Undoubtedly, the choice of form directly depends on the area of the equipped room. If the future kitchen-living room has a standard shape (rectangle or square), the kitchen design can be any.In the rooms of non-standard (free) lay-out, corner or straight kitchens are the most urgent. Regardless of the form of the kitchen, they consist of the required modules: this is a cabinet for washing, cooking and working surfaces. This minimum is present in all models.
Of the additional modules, the kitchen can be equipped with a wardrobe with drawers., open and closed hanging structures, shelves, bar, wardrobe for household appliances (washing and washing machines), shelving with built-in oven and microwave. Modern materials allow you to make the most ambitious dreams: structures can be made of wood, plastic, MDF, chipboard, metal and even stone.
The kitchen can be made to order or purchase all the modules necessary for a comfortable life from such furniture giants as IKEA.
In modern interior design there are many styles and trends. But not everyone will be appropriate to look in a small city apartment, while others, on the contrary, are suitable only for country houses. Here are some of them.
The kitchen-living room in classic style will emphasize the refined taste of its owners.Strict forms, clear geometry, pretentiousness are the distinctive features of this style. The construction itself is most often straight (linear), with a large number of elements, located in a spacious room along the wall adjacent to the window. Why adjacent and not opposite? Most likely, because the kitchen in a classic style is most often made of natural wood or MDF with carved facades.
Natural matte materials practically do not reflect natural daylighttherefore, it is best to place such a kitchen along the lightest wall. Other items of furniture in the classic living room should also match the style of the selected materials and their texture. Cabinet furniture is made from natural wood: oak, walnut or cherry. The abundance of glass and mirrors in the combined living room will visually expand the space and perfectly fit into the classic interior.
The kitchen-living room in the Scandinavian style is distinguished by an abundance of light shades, wood details, a minimum of elements and maximum functionality. The furniture itself is equipped with open shelves with dishes, wooden shelves on which jars with spices and cereals can harmoniously be placed.
The kitchen flows smoothly into the living room thanks to an improvised bar counter or a high dining table. Sofa and wall (or cabinet for TV) are made in the same color scheme.
This style is suitable for small open-plan spaces and studio apartments.
The loft-style kitchen is distinguished by its coarse texture and the presence of open structures. The kitchen apron can be made of brick or tile, and the hood and other communications expose it. Wood and metal parts abound in the living room furniture.
The kitchen-living room in Provence style is antique: a dresser with glass doors, high-backed chairs, a large round dining table with a flower tablecloth, similar flower curtains, a plaid.
The abundance of textiles and warm colors.
If the kitchen is combined with the living room, high-tech style will be successful, which is ideal for small and medium-sized rooms. Its features are smooth shapes, metallic shades (blue, steel, gray, black, white). From materials dominated by steel, glass, glossy plastic.
Divide the work area and the recreation area will help a two-level ceiling and different flooring.
Tips for decorating the kitchen-living room - in the next video.