Multifunctionality is the key to good design in small homes, but what happens when you want to create smaller and cosier spaces within the open-plan design? There are several ways to achieve this without spending too much, including some temporary solutions that you can move away when you don’t need the privacy. In small apartments and houses, where the living room and kitchen are next to each other, one often feels the need for a separation of the spaces, at least visually. In today’s article, we present twenty ideas how to separate the living room from the kitchen.
In this house, where natural light is in abundance in both the living area and the kitchen, having a sliding door of wood can separate the two areas without the risk of making either space dark. The wood also brings a touch of warmth to the white walls in both the spaces.
Besides the breakfast bar or dining table that visually separates the two spaces in this tiny apartment, having the ceiling at different heights in the living room and kitchen helps to define the boundary between the spaces. This is one of the subtlest ideas to separate the living room and kitchen.
When the space is so small that you can’t afford to clutter it up with a partition wall or a piece of furniture, colour can work as a visual separator between two spaces, like in this home, where the bright blue cushions on the sofas clearly define the limit of the living room. Choose your colours well so that they provide a striking contrast without making the space look too cramped.
Arranging the furniture in both spaces so that they don't face each other ensures that there is an invisible partition between the areas. When seated on the sofa, your guests won’t have direct views of the kitchen. This is an efficient solution to separate the kitchen from the living room, especially in a home with a narrow layout in the social spaces.
When the amount of natural light in the space is limited, then the best way to introduce a partition is with a glass wall that separates the areas without interfering with the brightness.
In a small home, where the kitchen and living room share space, one of the ways to separate the two areas is to build an island counter in between. This comes with the benefit of having a bar counter attached to the living area when you entertain guests.
In larger houses, traditional brick and mortar columns present the perfect solution for creating a partition between the living area and the kitchen without completely blocking the flow of light and ventilation between the spaces. In a smaller apartment, thinner wooden columns can be used to recreate the effect.
Sometimes, all it takes is a simple solution to separate the kitchen from the living room. In this home, the living area has a lovely rustic brick wall that brings a lot of warmth to the space. In the kitchen, the wall is covered by the minimalist white cabinets, giving the impression that they are completely different spaces.
In a home such as this one, in which the living room depends on the natural light in the kitchen, an opaque glass door with designs is a lovely touch that is stylish and functional.
Get ideas to use sliding doors to save space in your home.
When you want to separate the kitchen from the living room, ideas that are simple can be just as effective. In this home, the entire social space has light-toned wood flooring, but the living area is visually divided from the kitchen by the placement of a large rug on the floor to create a boundary between the two areas.
Instead of completely separating the two areas with a wall and a door, a partition wall like the one in this house helps to retain the feeling of openness without taking away the privacy in each space.
Another idea for a partition is a fireplace that stands between the living area and the kitchen. Additionally, the seating in this home is arranged so that the focus is on the television and away from direct views of the kitchen.
An alternative to the glass wall and the sliding glass door, this apartment uses an interesting wooden frame with glass panels to separate the kitchen from the living room. Alternatively, you can use a floor-standing shelf that also serves as a place for displaying accessories besides acting as a partition. You can even get a carpenter to custom-make a partition shelf for your living room.
In this studio apartment with a minimalist theme, the entire area has shades of grey, white and beige. However, a darker grey tone is used for the kitchen cabinets to create a visual contrast that divides the two spaces.
Earlier, we saw how a fireplace was used to separate the living room from the kitchen. In this home, the large grey pillar that tucks the kitchen away behind it is designed with multiple functions. It serves as the support for the wall-mounted television as well as the fireplace. The chimney is incorporated within the pillar to whisk away the smoke.
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In this house with an open plan in its social spaces, the living room has a double-height ceiling that visually separates it from the kitchen located just behind. Since the kitchen is located below the landing on the upper floor, it has a normal-height ceiling.
Among the simplest ideas how to separate a living room from a kitchen is with a curtain. In this house, it is achieved stylishly with ceiling-to-floor sheer curtains that allow light to filter through. However, depending upon the requirement, thicker curtains or even vertical blinds can be used to separate the two areas.
This kitchen is tucked away in a corner of the social space and has a faux recess built around it with plasterboard to give the impression that it is a separate area in the hall.
In a large house, like this one, a small pooja room can be built to separate the kitchen from the living room.
A light and lacy metal screen laser cut with floral patterns is another way to hide a kitchen from direct views from the living room. It’s a pretty feature and doesn’t entirely cut out the natural light in the social space.
Besides these, you can think of many innovative ideas to separate living rooms and kitchens so that each of the spaces retains its identity even while being merged into a larger open plan design in the house. Consulting an interior designer will help you to get some unique ideas that are not only functional but also stunning.