They combine the kitchen with the living room not only in small studio apartments, where partitions are not provided initially, but also in spacious apartments of the old fund, and even in Khrushchev. In any case, the interior of the kitchen of the studio requires careful consideration, because now both the owners and guests will see the kitchen corner much more often.
Design features of the living room kitchen
Combining a kitchen area with a seating area is a solution that has both advantages and disadvantages. More space, it’s more convenient to go to the refrigerator, you can get by with one TV, but at the same time, dirty dishes will always be in sight, and the smells of cooking food will permeate all the furniture in your living room. The smaller the space, the more difficult it is to choose furniture, this is important to consider when designing the interior of the studio: the kitchen and living room will occupy the space that could be useful for a working or sleeping area.
When choosing a design solution for a combined kitchen and living room, owners often opt for a loft style. The name “loft” comes from the word “attic” and originally referred to industrial premises — factory floors, warehouses — which were equipped for residential or entertainment space.
Loft interiors are about three times cheaper than traditional ones, and at the same time they have originality. Distinctive features of this style are uncamouflaged pipes, exposed brick walls.
A variety of styles allows you to embody all the ideas in a spacious kitchen with high ceilings, but in a small kitchen it will be more appropriate, for example, the Scandinavian style with its white walls and minimalism. The simpler the design in a small room, the more comfortable it is to be in it.
Advantages and disadvantages of a studio kitchen
The kitchen is often small and cramped. If you combine it with the living room, there will be more space, which will make the room brighter and more comfortable. This is especially useful for small apartments, where every centimeter of space counts. Often the combined kitchen and living room are found in townhouses and duplexes — country houses for one or two families. If each family member has a personal space, the kitchen-dining room is suitable for a joint holiday.
- Smells and sounds from the kitchen area.
- The hostess can be annoyed that everyone sees the cooking process.
- Unaesthetic appearance of dirty dishes.
Studio kitchen zoning principles
When arranging a kitchen-studio, interior design is important.
In the kitchen-studio, you can also organize a workplace, so it is important that the interior is harmonious and not annoying.
The main functional areas are for cooking and eating. You can also allocate space for relaxation. The dining area should be placed as close to the window as possible. The distance from the dining table to the wall or other furniture should be at least 1 m.
Separation by color
Most often, designers choose visual solutions — the cooking and recreation areas differ in the color of the furniture and wallpaper, sometimes even the floor and ceiling. They may also differ in texture. The best color scheme for a small studio kitchen is neutral tones and bright accents. If you have a light kitchen set without bright spots, they should be added to the seating area, for example, in the form of pillows. If the kitchen set has a bright shade, it is better to choose discreet furniture in the dining area.
Wallpaper for painting will help you easily divide the kitchen-studio into zones, as well as change the color of the walls if you get tired of it. A light floor and walls visually increase the space, so it is advisable to light that part of the room that is smaller.
Separation with trim
Often different floors are made in the kitchen area and in the dining room: it will be more practical to use tiles near the sink. And where they dine and relax, you can put linoleum, laminate or parquet.
There is also an option to raise the floor level in the kitchen area. However, it is safer to change the ceiling level by 10–15 cm, stretch ceilings allow you to hide communication boxes and cable channels running along the ceiling so that they do not spoil the view of the room. If you lower the ceiling level above the kitchen set so that the cabinets are flush with it, you won’t have to dust them, and the kitchen will visually become more compact.
Different light sources in different areas of the apartment are not only beautiful, but also convenient. Soft, subdued light in the dining area will help create a romantic atmosphere, a sconce or floor lamp will be useful for reading lovers in the living room. Bright light directed at the work surface in the kitchen will allow you to cook with great comfort, so it is better not to skimp on countertop lighting.
To emphasize the difference between the kitchen and dining areas, you can make highlights at different levels.
Screens and partitions
To fence off the kitchen area, you can use glass sliding doors that will not let in noise and smell. Transparent partitions make the kitchen brighter. And in studio kitchens with a gas stove or column, partitions or sliding doors are required by the standards. When redevelopment, you can leave part of the wall for zoning. When a passage is pierced through a load-bearing wall, it is necessary to leave a part of it, which will take on the load. Such an arch between the kitchen and dining areas will perfectly separate them visually.
Zoning with furniture
You can install a bar counter or a bar cabinet, an island table, a dining table, a bookcase at the border of the zones. When choosing furniture for this purpose, it is important to remember that it will attract the most attention, which means it must fit into the overall style of your kitchen, and modern options like a bar counter will look strange in a country or Provence style interior.
A good solution for zoning can be a sofa, which can also serve as a bed.
What set to choose for a studio apartment
For a small-sized economy-class studio apartment or for a rebuilt Khrushchev, it is more convenient to make a kitchen set to order so that it meets both the needs of the owners and the dimensions of the kitchen. It is practical to have a lot of lockers so that there is no feeling of a cluttered space. It is convenient when the cabinets reach the ceiling. They do not accumulate dust, allow you to maximize the use of usable space. And the ceiling at the same time will seem higher.
Of all the options for headsets, it is more rational to choose a compact corner one, so it will be more comfortable in the kitchen.
Small household appliances can be hidden in high cabinets, making them built-in, even a refrigerator is masked in the same way. This increases the free space and makes the interior solid.
In addition, it is important to choose the most silent models of equipment, the issue of sound insulation is especially important for a small kitchen-studio.
It is also worth considering that for a kitchen combined with a dining room and a living room, an extractor hood is important, which must be of high quality and powerful. Without an exhaust hood, the furniture will quickly become saturated with the smells of cooking. Textiles and furniture upholstery will be covered with a greasy coating. To avoid this, you need to install a hood and do not forget to turn it on during cooking. If the design of the kitchen-studio is not combined with the hood, you should choose a compact built-in model.
Table and chairs
The choice of furniture depends on what you plan to do in the kitchen. If you rarely invite guests and prefer to dine out, there is no guarantee that you will need a large table. And he needs a lot of space. With a lack of space, sliding, folding, transforming tables and chairs can help.