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6 interior designer tips to separate the open kitchen from the living room

A common feature of more modern apartments and compact homes is an open kitchen and living space. With this trend in mind, we’ve compiled some of our top tips to make these two rooms feel more separate.

Strong use of colour

Using bold colours to accessorise your living room is a clever way of creating a more defined environment. Adding colour through soft furnishings such as cushions and throws is a subtle way of drawing the eye in. Isolate the colour to your living room only to create a cohesive look to the living room, and keeping it separate from the kitchen.

modern living room in neutral colour palette of grey, white and gold

Arrange furniture to create a natural partition

To naturally divide the spaces, you can use large pieces of furniture. Where you have the room, a corner sofa positioned to face away from the kitchen can act as a partition without closing in either of the spaces.

Placing your dining table and chairs between the spaces will create a division whilst still creating a small dining area that blends into your space.

If you have a tall bookshelf, try placing it where you’d like the rooms to divide. The height will create a half wall partition, which won’t feel as enclosing as a wall but will create two separate spaces. Face the bookshelf into the living room and decorate with books and ornaments.

If a bookshelf isn’t to your taste, try using an open shelving unit instead, which can then be dressed for either room. Adding wicker or woven baskets to some of the shelves will provide additional storage space, that will be useful for both spaces.

Install an island counter into your kitchen

Separate your rooms without closing either of your spaces off by adding an island counter. Add modern bar stools beneath the counter, facing towards the kitchen.

open plan kitchen and living room with metal-framed internal doors

Use a variation of wall textures

Using a variation of wall textures between the rooms is an interesting way to create definition in the spaces. An industrial brick wall looks great in kitchens with dark counters and appliances. For your living space, try something more subtle and accessorise with statement artwork.

Use alternate flooring between rooms

If your budget allows, using alternate flooring in two opposing colours, styles or materials can create different moods within the spaces. Another practical option is to include a large, textured rug beneath furniture to help create the illusion of alternate flooring, whilst still adding warmth.

basement living room with bespoke fitted joinery, modern sofas and beige rug

Create contrast in your spaces

For more modern properties, use a neutral colour palette in both spaces and decorate with contrasting furniture. Use dark counters and appliances in your kitchen space and white, cream tones in your living room.  You can create an elegant yet contemporary look with a monochromatic contrast.

contemporary monochrome kitchen with bay window seating and fireplace

Work with our team of luxury interior designers

We’d be happy to help provide design direction in how to separate your kitchen and living spaces using our interiors expertise. Contact us today to discuss your home renovation project.

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