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Interior Design Ideas - Living-Dining Room

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If you love to entertain, then the living room and the dining room are two areas which you need to highlight in your home. The typical dinner party starts with hors de oeuvres and pre-dinner cocktails in the living room right before a sit-down meal. These areas have to be guest-friendly as well as presentable, meaning that they should be easily accessible from your front door. To maintain your family’s privacy and security, they should also be preferably set away from the more intimate areas such as the study or the bedroom. If you were wondering how to spice up your living room and dining area, then this article should give you some great ideas on what you can do with your interior space.

Creating Flow in Your Living-Dining Room

Creating a good flow between the living room and the dining area will really help make your dinner parties go more smoothly. Ideally, the dining area should open into the living room and both should be somewhat adjacent to the kitchen, for the purpose of food preparation. Keep this in mind when deciding the layout for a new home.


If it is already too late to put the dining room right next to the living room area, then design a good pathway between these two. For example, if a hallway separates the two rooms, then some transitional area could help them look more joined together. You can do this by using common room elements and blending them in, like the same continuous wall-to-wall carpeting or using the same color scheme. You can also turn the hallway into a pseudo-foyer by laying a rug, a decorative chair and a table lamp or two.


Consider installing some ornamental dividers between the two areas, so that they can be opened up or partitioned as needed. Sliding glass doors, sofas Japanese paper panels, or an archway will give the impression of boundaries between the two areas but will not make them seem too closed off.
Depending on the space that you have to work with, you can also play around with various design elements such as lighting fixtures, window treatments and wall colors. You can browse through various home interior decorating magazines and websites for inspiration and also to keep updated regarding current trends and popular colors for the season. This can be very useful especially if you cannot afford to hire a professional to do it for you.

Living-Dining Room

Before thinking about interior decorating for the home and dining areas, take your time in searching for the look which will blend well with the rest of the house. A traditional interior needs to be complimented by classic pieces but you could probably include some modern elements without going overboard. Also keep in mind that aside from aesthetic appeal, you also have to plan for comfort and convenience too—and this applies to everything from the choosing of major furniture pieces to the smallest details. With a little time and effort (plus a design budget) you can make your home more appealing for your family and guests.

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