Living room and bedroom in one room became a fashionable design move for small apartments and houses. Competently dividing one standard room into two completely different zones, you can get quite a solitary resting place and a cozy living room. This tandem (bedroom-living room) is a good solution for small city apartments and for families with children. Having placed the bedroom in the far side of the room and visually separating it from the "unnecessary glances", you can put the child to sleep and continue to do his own business or watch TV in the living area. You do not have to collect a bed every morning just because "if someone comes in." To create comfort, in addition to choosing the right zoning method, you will need to pay attention to the selection of optimal furniture and the interior of a room in which you can fully relax and spend time with friends.
Both zones should look like the “halves” of one whole, submit to the unity of style, but have their own individuality. The simplest, “coarsest” design solution is considered to be the installation of a solid partition, that is, an ordinary wall. It is trimmed, pasted wallpaper, veiled photo-collages, thematic paintings, wall shelves. This option is too "straightforward", and without that small space will lose its "airiness", lightness. Partial decorative partitions look good. For example, an arch with a soft curvature, to which gentle bead curtains are attached, will play the role of an illusory “demarcation line”. Simple curtains, too, should not be written off: during the day they can be tied up, and at night to curtain the bedroom.
In modern design, the idea of installing through-shelving is popular. Shelving in the interior fits harmoniously, if its color is matched to the finish of the walls and the rest of the furniture. It is better if it “stretches” to the very ceiling, since in this case the demarcator divides the space completely, leaving no hope for a “merging” of the two rooms. In general, in such combined versions it is not recommended to use cabinets, cabinets and other "closed" pieces of furniture for storage. Shelves can be installed not only between zones, but also in the living room itself. They help to give an already limited room lightness and visually expand it. It is convenient to zone the space when it comes to a rectangular room. If the room is square, the designers recommend to abandon the division and, for example, combine the bed with a sofa or put a sofa at the "foot" of the bed. In alternative embodiments, a portable screen is used, which in the case of uselessness is easy to assemble and put into a far corner.
It is important to know! Such an original solution will significantly save space, which is “vital” necessary in standard one-room apartments in old Khrushchev houses, for example. The flats in them are of the same type and there can be no talk of a broad “scope”. In private homes, living rooms are usually combined with a dining area, and bedrooms with boudoir.
Before the repair and decoration of the premises, a detailed design of the bedroom-living room with an area of 18 sq. M. m. Each square meter in a confined space should have its own functional purpose. Avoid the abundance of small parts and a large number of furniture. If a bed, then a transforming bed; if the sofa, then a folding sofa; if a table, then multifunctional. In the bedroom side, follow the golden rule of minimalism when choosing furniture: there is enough a bed, a pouf or two chairs and a compact bedside table.
In the guest zone, too, only the basic elements of furnishing are placed, which are vital for a good rest and convenient holding of guest “audiences”. It is here that you should put a soft, cozy sofa, which, if necessary, will be laid out and will become another sleeping place for those guests who have nowhere to go at night. A small, low table and a pair of chairs will allow you to organize leisure or read away from the noisy "sofa" company. Open shelving will accommodate books, trinkets and functional little things. Alternatively, sometimes use niches in the walls, which are designed not only along the perimeter, but also on the partition between the zones. Of course there will be a question about the place to store your wardrobe. If you still decide on the cabinet, it is better to use the corner. He doesn’t rush into the eyes, and visually “eats” the tiny space so imperceptibly that it doesn’t spoil the indoor climate at all.
It is important to know! Popular art deco style can save even tiny rooms. In a small living room instead of a sofa, it is enough to place a couch with soft velor upholstery in blue. The couch is decorated with a pair of pads and a carelessly thrown monophonic blanket. Several compact light-colored poufs with floral patterns will replace massive armchairs. A white, through-wall rack made of wood, which rests on a gray wall with a rough texture wallpaper, will become a spacious place for storing “all kinds of things”. The picture is completed with a couple of strokes in the form of neat fixtures on a brilliant decorative wall tile.
For such a small room, which has two functions at once, it is better to use pastel colors. They can be combined with bright colors, but the emphasis should be placed on the light design of the walls. Typical apartments with low ceilings (Brezhnevka, Khrushchev) will have to "overstate" with the help of lighting and light shades of the top. Colors can be "woven" in the zoning of space. For example, the same, divided wall can be decorated in different colors to emphasize its different functional purpose. Designers love to “play” with these combinations:
- Lilac, gray;
- Blue, beige;
- Claret, coral;
- Mint gray;
- Black yellow;
- Orange gray;
- Green, beige;
- Blue, nutty;
- Violet, yellow.
Any of these duets will harmoniously look together with white and any shades of pastel shades.
Try to avoid heavy, bulky chandeliers that used to be so hung in the center of the room. Firstly, there are two “centers” in the living room-bedroom. Secondly, all efforts in the game with color will come to naught if a standard chandelier appears. This should be taken into account even if the room is decorated in an elaborate rococo or empire style. It is better to use graceful sconces or luxurious lamps, abandoning the "central" lighting. In modern styles, spotlights are used around the perimeter of the room. Miniature bulbs are placed on the shelves of shelves, as if highlighting their contents. Do not be afraid of "games" with metal surfaces, imitation of metal and glass, if you need to make a room of eighteen square meters. more spacious. In the living area, which is decorated in one of the modern “cold” styles, it is allowed to use “cold” light. The bedroom is set softer lighting.
It is important to know! Multi-stage lighting, in which devices are placed at different levels, is also welcome. But with this option, be careful: unconsciously, you can emphasize the shortcomings of the room, hiding the merits. If you do not know how to calculate in perspective the finished result of such a design, then it is better to contact the specialists.
Windows and doors
Most designers recommend installing large windows in the floor. Such a French version will harmoniously overlap not only with traditional Provence, but also with modern Scandinavian style, eclectic chaotic or discreet art deco. Do not clutter up the beautiful view with heavy curtains. There will be enough light curtains that will close you from the eyes of curious passersby, but will not prevent you from admiring the views. Window frames are better to choose a classic white color. When developing a room design of 18 sq.m. The bedroom-living room does not overlook such an important point as the color scheme of the curtains. It should overlap with the general style, but a couple of tones are lighter than those colors that are chosen as the main ones. If there is no possibility to change the windows, then it is enough just to change the frames and get rid of the window sills. They lose their functionality if they put a special stand in the room for a pair of pots of flowers. Therefore, it is enough to leave the “bare” windows, which in their “nudity” are ideal for the design of the bedroom in the style of minimalism or high-tech.
Use the loggia
Balcony or loggia that adjoin the bedroom-living room are used as additional space. They serve as a continuation of the bedroom or become another, the third functional area. Cabinets, cozy places for rest and tea drinking, mini-dining rooms or gardens blooming at any time are placed on the balcony.
What exactly this “addition” of a few meters will turn into will depend entirely on the designer. Placing a dining room and an office with an exit from the bedroom remains a solution for the amateur. Another thing is a garden that wakes you up with pleasant aromas in the morning, or a resting place with a good view. The latter is relevant for apartments on the upper floors and beautiful views of the park, forest or street.
Doors and window frames are cleaned if the balcony is well insulated. The partition under the window frame can be left and used as a rack, or removed completely, thereby extending the passage. Competently installed lighting, a narrow sofa with a mountain of pillows, a pair of poufs and a coffee table, will be surrounded by comfort and will allow you to create a soft and warm corner for adult gatherings from the “storage room of the Soviet times”.
Ideas for a dressing room
If there is not enough space in the house, and a whole heap of things, then the classic wardrobes are easily replaced with a single mini-room. In the dressing room, any girl will place the entire "range" of their belongings: from fur coats, to summer sundresses and shoes. In the children's bedrooms in the dressing room fit on only things, but also toys.
Dressing room is considered a universal "pantry" for things of different kinds. It unloads space, but it is quite difficult to fit such additional space in the bedroom-living room. It is installed in the sleeping area, since relatively free space remains only there. Dressing rooms are placed against the wall opposite to the bed. The narrow wall of the dressing room is used as an additional “delimiter” of functional zones and is decorated with niches with decorative souvenirs or “mixed” photos, hung on chains, ribbons. The level of the front wall of the dressing room should coincide with the level of the location of the main element of zoning space.