In the heritage from Soviet times, many of us got apartments, which are intended more for existence than for comfortable living. And the Russian soul, as is known, always strives for open space and freedom. The times of democracy, of course, gave us the opportunity to build spacious country houses and buy huge multi-tiered apartments, but most of our compatriots simply cannot afford such luxury. And how within the framework of a close apartment with uncomfortable in terms of planning rooms to make your stay more comfortable?
The only true answer to this question is the redevelopment of the premises. For more living space, the owners of small apartments clean the walls, dismantle storerooms and closets, combining all the rooms or several of them. The most common option is the creation of a so-called studio, within which a single space is created, in which a kitchen, a dining area and a living room peacefully coexist.
Imagine that you decided to make drastic changes in the layout of the apartment and in a fit of enthusiasm destroyed the walls, and made a spacious room. For the functional division of the room, it must be divided into zones. The partition between the kitchen and the living room can not only correctly place accents in the room, but also bring a zest to the design of the room.
Combine or not to combine?
Each apartment owner has his own answer to this question. Someone thinks that there is no point in merging rooms, and someone enthusiastically accepts the idea of creating a studio. Let's look at all the advantages and disadvantages of spacious rooms that combine several functions. So, the main arguments for:
- A large, spacious room, in which the kitchen is combined with a hallway or a hall and created a single style, looks much more impressive than the scattered design of a separate small dining room and an even smaller kitchen.
- Properly executed partition can be used not only to zoning the room, but also to create a unique interior, which, perhaps, could not be realized, be in its place a dull wall.
- Combined kitchen and living room give more space, visually increasing the useful area of the apartment.
- The possibility of receiving more guests.
- In a large room it is more convenient to gather the whole family.
- Housewives can cook and watch over children at the same time.
But the studio has its drawbacks, among which are the following:
- Household appliances located in the kitchen, can make a loud noise that will interfere with proper rest of the household.
- Smells that appear during cooking are quickly absorbed into textiles and upholstery.
- Due to the neighborhood with the kitchen in the living room forks and other utensils are constantly thrown around, so the room requires more frequent cleaning.
Anyway, all the above disadvantages can be easily eliminated by buying noiseless household appliances, a powerful hood, and installing an element in the room such as a decorative partition in the kitchen.
Types and features of kitchen partitions
At present, the design of the partition between the kitchen and the living room can be decisive in choosing the stylistic directions of the interior of the room. Starting to do the repair, think carefully about what the partition should be, but for now we will tell you about the most common and popular options for zoning rooms.
This type of partitions is the most popular and sought after. Most often, an improvised wall is created from drywall. This material due to its flexibility allows you to create multi-layered and complex structures that will be a great addition to kitchen design.
A plasterboard partition between the kitchen and the living room, like many other decorative elements, has a number of advantages and disadvantages. The positive aspects of using false walls in the design include:
- Easy installation;
- The absence of substances harmful to human health in the composition of the material;
- The possibility of combining drywall partition with other options for zoning;
- A variety of shapes and designs.
- Low cost materials for false walls.
- Plasterboard designs in the kitchen can affect the natural lighting of the room.
- This material is susceptible to moisture, which is formed in large quantities in the cooking zone.
- The wall is easy enough to deform.
- There is a need to purchase decor for the partition.
Perform competent zoning of the kitchen and living room partition, you can use the bar. Many modern designers believe that this piece of furniture is the most practical and versatile option. It can be used not only as a subject separating the living room and kitchen, but also as a dining area. Especially effective is the use of the bar counter in cramped apartments of the Khrushchev building, where it is extremely difficult to put a full-fledged dining table.
The main advantages of this method of zoning rooms include multi-functionality, the presence of an additional working surface and the preservation of common kitchen and dining room design.
Speaking of shortcomings, it is worth noting that bar counters are not suitable for large families, and it is extremely difficult for young children and elderly people to climb high chairs.
With the right approach to the selection of a suitable rack, this item can fit in the kitchen interior of any stylistic orientation. In addition to the aesthetic load, this furniture has the function of storing books, souvenirs, figurines, and other decor items of the room. Most often, shelving is bought by those who like to spend time in a warm, cozy, homely atmosphere with a cup of coffee and a book in hand.
Shelves serving as a partition between the kitchen and living room, can decorate any interior, they do an excellent job with the task of separating the room, creating coziness and a warm atmosphere. But potential buyers also need to know that dust is quickly accumulating on the shelves of the shelves, and such a partition does not at all keep odors and noises inside the kitchen area.
This solution is perfect for those who do not spend much time preparing food. A huge number of options for sliding systems makes it possible to use it absolutely in all interiors and stylistic directions.
Sliding partitions between the kitchen and the living room often solve the problem of lack of space for privacy in a cramped apartment. Depending on the dimensions, the partition can function as a door or even a wall. In the closed state, the sliding structure is able to trap odors and noise generated during work in the kitchen.
Sliding partition between the kitchen and living room, in addition to the obvious advantages, has a number of negative points. Folding and sliding partitions often break down and quickly lose their attractive appearance. Structures are highly susceptible to mechanical damage, even a child can harm them by hitting a partition with a toy or ball.
The glass partition in the kitchen, due to its lightness and weightlessness, practically does not eat up the free space, and due to the refraction of the sun's rays, such a partition gives the kitchen interior chic and elegance. Glass is a versatile material. It equally favorably emphasizes the classic options and the design in the style of minimalism or high-tech.
The decorative arch has already taken root in our apartments for a long time, but it is used not so often to delimit the space. However, in some interiors it is advisable to use only the arch to separate the kitchen and living room. Moreover, at the moment the construction market is replete with trendy and modern decorative products.
If you do not want to install a massive plasterboard partition, and sliding structures will prevent your child from moving freely around the room, use the screen. This light object can even serve as a partition between the kitchen and the balcony. The main advantage of such structures is the ability to transfer the screen to any place in the room. And if it bothers you to get out, just fold it up and take it to the hallway.
So we listed the main types of partitions for the kitchen. In conclusion, we can say that there are other ways of zoning a room. For example, the effect of demarcation can be achieved through proper placement of furniture, installation of an aquarium, installation of futuristic partitions. All these options, of course, have a place to be, but there is no functional component in them, except for space delimitation. If you are to the beauty, and you are not afraid of difficulties when installing an aquarium or extravagant panels, you can use one of the above non-standard solutions.