How to Remodel One Room That Is a Kitchen and a Living Room

A combination kitchen and living room, also commonly known as a great room, can be a cozy space in which to host family get-togethers. Combining the kitchen, living and dining areas creates an open and flexible space, but it also presents some special design challenges. It is possible to successfully remodel one room that is a kitchen and a living room without it feeling like a cavernous and impersonal space.


Things You'll Need


  • Paint
  • Flooring material
  • Rugs
  • Light fixtures
  • Stove exhaust hood


Paint the space a continuous and neutral color to tie it all together, but choose one wall as an accent wall, so it draws the eye towards the focal point of the space. The focal point may take the form of a grand fireplace or other architecturally significant detail or a decorative item such as a dramatic painting. Paint the wall behind this element a bold shade.

Replace the existing flooring with a consistent material throughout the space. Choose a material that functions equally well in the kitchen, with potential damp conditions, and provides a warm and cozy look for the living space. Hardwood planks are a popular choice, as is tile. Both materials are durable and easy to clean, but also attractive. Place area rugs to define smaller spaces within the larger space, such as beneath the dining table and under the sofa and chairs in the living room.\


Use lighting to further subdivide the large room and accommodate its separate functions. Hang pendant fixtures over your kitchen island, a chandelier over your dining table, and install recessed can lights or track lighting to evenly illuminate the living area.

Install a hood above your stove to exhaust the cooking fumes. When your kitchen is situated within a great room, these smells tend to permeate the entire space. However, an exhaust vent will help to alleviate some of these issues.

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