Combination living and dining rooms are perfectly suited for the way we live today where open plan spaces tend to dominate in both new builds and existing home renovations. Clever furniture placement and accessorizing can help create flow in a mixed-use space, creating well defined but flexible zones for living and dining. Aiming for an equal amount of seating for living and dining will ensure that the room feels balanced, though you can feel free to change the ratio if you use the room more for one function or the other. Choosing a harmonious color palette and furniture that works well together without matching ensures a cohesive, stylish, livable overall design.
For the handsome contemporary living room/dining room above, designed by Seattle-based OreStudios, shades of brown and black and a variety of wood tones gives a sense of cohesion between the living area and dining area. The round table and chairs can be used for working from home or a game of cards as well as dining, and the table's round edges help preserve the room's easy flow.
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In this Paris living room/dining room combo designed by French interior design firm Atelier Steve, sleek built-in wall storage helps prevent clutter and free up space in the center of the room. A Danish mid-century modern dining table surrounded by antique French Napoléon III style chairs occupy one side of the room, while a contemporary coffee table and a built-in nook painted blue incorporates seating and wall lighting that takes up less square footage than a traditional sofa, making the 540-square-foot Paris apartment feel grand.
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All-White Living Room and Dining Room Combo
In this chic streamlined all-white apartment living and dining room space designed by Seattle-based OreStudios, sticking with an all-white palette accented with soft touches of gray and warm wood tones keeps the dual-purpose space feeling light, airy and fresh. The dining room centered between the kitchen and the living room is centered to allow for maximum flow and the design is quiet enough to disappear, allowing the eye to be drawn to the view from the wall of windows.
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Back-to-Back Living Room and Dining Room Combo
This relaxed all-white living room-dining room combo has a cohesive look thanks to white floors, walls, ceilings and ceiling beams and painted furniture. A back-to-back layout that features a living area with its anchor sofa positioned away from the dining room creates distinct zones within the same seamless space.
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Farmhouse Living and Dining
In this rural French farmhouse, the living and dining areas inhabit opposite ends of a long rectangular space. Dramatic wooden ceiling beams create interest. A large-scale antique glass-front storage cabinet helps define the dining space while providing practical storage for tableware. At the far end of the room, a white sofa positioned away from the dining room faces a simple fireplace flanked by upholstered armchairs. It's an old school reminder that open plan living wasn't invented yesterday.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Modern Luxe Combo
In this luxe modern apartment designed by OreStudios, a palette of soft grays and whites and mid-century classics like Eames Eiffel chairs and an iconic Eames lounger create a harmonious feel. An oval dining table has rounded corners that preserve the room's flow, anchored by a striking Random Light pendant light to create a soothing, sophisticated, harmonious space with effortlessly distinct areas for living and dining.
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Cozy Cottage Living Dining Combo
This charming Scottish cottage has an open-plan living and dining room that features a pair of white-and-beige gingham-covered sofas and a rustic round wood coffee table centered around a cozy fireplace with a simple jute area rug to define the space. The dining area is a few steps away, tucked under the eaves, with a turned-leg light warm wood dining table and simple country style wooden chairs that harmonize with the golden and beige tones of the room.
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Warm and Modern
In this warm living room/dining room, grounding gray walls and comfy leather seating creates a cozy place to relax and a tall tripod lamp and floor plant create a subtle divider between the sitting area and dining space that includes a generously proportioned warm wood table and a cluster of space-defining industrial pendant lights.
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This home in the clapboard Granary building in Suffolk England includes a cozy corner cozy dining room anchored with a light-colored area rug. A simple palette of white, black and light warm wood tones and rustic, homey furniture unifies the space.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Scandi-Style Open Plan
In this pretty, lightly Scandi-inspired living room-dining room combo, the living area is flanked by a wall of windows on one side and a simple rectangular wood dining table on the other that is the same width as the window, helping to create a sense of proportion and structure in the open-plan space. A palette of light woods, camel upholstery on the sofa and blush pink accents keep the space feeling airy and comfortable.
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Matching Chair Legs and Color Accents
In this spacious modern finished basement living room dining room, an area rug defines the living space. Eames-style Eiffel chairs and pale yellow and black accents scattered throughout the room create a sense of connection between the spaces.