7 ways to divide the living and dining space in a smart way

Since space is sacred in most homes, open-plan layouts with combined living-cum-dining spaces are often a trend in urban Indian homes. The best part about an open-plan design is that it makes a home look and feel more spacious than it actually is. However, with clever planning, one can easily demarcate living and dining areas in two distinct zones without compromising on the openness of the space.

1. Furniture Layout

  • Introduce an L-shaped sofa or a sectional sofa to create a demarcation between the living and dining areas.
  • Change the orientation of the dining table, with respect to sofas, to ensure a clear zoning between the living-cum-dining area.

2. Install a Lattice Screen

  • Create an artistic demarcation between living and dining spaces with a lattice screen or jali in wood, metal or stone. A lattice screen offers privacy as it provides restricted views.
  • For an airy and expanded look, consider vertical slats between living and dining spaces.

3. Introduce a Divider

  • Get creative and introduce a closed, semi-open, or transparent divider between the living and dining areas.
  • Achieve a clutter-free look by introducing a closed cabinet between the living and dining area.
  • A cabinet with open shelves does not look bulky and is perfect for keeping souvenirs, books, and artefacts.
  • Bring in a multifunctional cabinet, where the front functions as a TV unit and the rear as a crockery unit.
  • A glass partition or a glass sliding door not only physically segregates the space but also offers seamless views between the living and dining areas.
  • Hang curtains, as it is one of the most affordable ways to demarcate living and dining spaces. Choose between opaque drapes or a sheer curtain that allows light to pass.
  • A folding screen functions as a portable partition and is one of the quickest ways to demarcate the living from the dining area.
  • Introduce a bar cabinet between the living and dining space to create a layered effect with an open-plan layout.

4. Opt for Statement Lighting

  • Introduce statement lights like pendant lights or chandeliers above the dining table and in the centre of the living room.
  • You can also get creative with the ceiling design to visually compartmentalize the space.

5. Introduce a Carpet

  • Demarcate the living area with a carpet or a rug as it is a great way to add softness and pattern to the overall decor.

6. Create an Accent Wall

  • Use design elements like wall panelling, statement accessories, wall art, colour and wallpaper to create an accent wall within the living room. As a result, the design of the living area will stand out and create a subtle demarcation between the two zones.

7. Demarcate the Flooring

  • Synchronize the colours and design elements of the living-cum-dining area but use a different flooring material to demarcate the space into two zones. Some of the popular combinations include the use of different types of tiles and the combination of marble or tiles with wood.


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