Why it became fashionable to unite the kitchen with the living room and how to do it

Kitchen-dining room - the ideal for a modern house: erases the boundaries of space and collects family members. But how to connect two rooms with such different functions without sacrificing any one? It is possible, both experts and producers are convinced

Three in one: kitchen-dining room-living room. The fashion for the association came to us in the 90's from Europe and America and immediately became mass. And this is understandable. The concept of "open" space in one fell swoop solves the basic problems of a typical layout: both shortages of useful footage, and the need for fresh ideas.

How to make the kitchen-dining room beautiful, unusual,functional and maximally convenient for all household members? For advice and technical solutions, we turned to the Nolte factory - the leading German manufacturer of cuisines with a 20-year Russian history.

Alexander Malinovsky, Director of the Nolte Küchen Representative Office in Russia:

- Unity of German traditions, moderntechnologies and high-quality materials - this is why the Russian consumer loves Nolte. The underlying philosophy of our design is an individual approach that allows you to make the most of the space and style of your kitchen. The kitchen, dining room, living room or its combined version will be as unique as you are, and will meet the personal needs of each family member.

New design trends, modernmaterials, a huge selection of accessories, colors and textures allow you to combine the realm of home cooking with any non-kitchen space quite naturally and harmoniously. As a result, there is a feeling of freedom and air, and the interior acquires completeness. And the family members feel themselves closer to each other, even if one is sitting on the Internet and the other is cooking soup. But with all the advantages of this decision, he


The first of them is not to flaunt the unnecessary kitchen details. Thanks to the built-in technology, this task today is not at all difficult to solve.

Our opinion:

- The main thing is that the technique stylisticallycorresponded to your room and was located in a convenient place for you. In addition to basic items, it is desirable to provide "shelters" for small things, like toasters, steamers, coffee machines, etc. So you can save space, and avoid mess on the countertop, forgivable in the kitchen, but inappropriate in the living room. If desired, all kitchen appliances in general can be hidden behind doors and sliding panels and achieve a sense of monolithic furniture. This allows you to visually expand small and narrow zones, make furniture a continuation of the walls.

Thanks to the powerful hoods, we can no longerworry about kitchen odors. But there are still sounds. It is clear that in the united space will have to take care of the refrigerator and hood with a low noise level. In the rest the accessories will help: it is better to use smooth and silent mechanisms. These are installed in all the opening cabinets Nolte.

If you need to visually increase the spaceor disguise excess volume, try to choose facades with hidden handles or without them at all. They not only add elegance, but also help create a feeling of unity and ease.

Direct dialogue

Both the zones - both the kitchen and dining room - should belinked, but not merged: that is, "speak" frankly, but without familiarity. Aesthetically, this is perhaps the most important task in the process of combining such different rooms. To solve it there are several methods. Firstly, they are dual-use items that are relevant both in the kitchen and in the living room: low storage systems, shelves, open shelves that can equally well "lighten" the upper level of the kitchen, and become a decoration of the wall in the living room; various modules that will create a smooth transition from one zone to another.

Alexander Malinovsky, Director of the Nolte Küchen Representative Office in Russia:

- Modular furniture system with a wide rangesizes and shapes creates inexhaustible possibilities in this sense. Firstly, furniture made exactly to the dimensions provided will allow you to use the usable space as efficiently as possible, and secondly, it will expand the kitchen-dining room into a multifunctional living space. Kitchen modules from the Nolte neo collection, which was developed together with the renowned art director and designer Mike Meiré, for example, include a bookcase, a fireplace, and a separate cabinet, and also offer the widest range of fronts: from solid wood to glossy lacquer and avant-garde prints. This is how traditional cuisine unfolds and evolves.

Divide and prepare

If you love and know how to cook - your family is very lucky. If you love and know how to cook for the public - lucky also to your friends. Kitchen-dining room will help your talent to unfold.

Alexander Malinovsky, Director of the Nolte Küchen Representative Office in Russia:

- If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, youWe will surely like our new development - the Matrix 900 frame. It allowed achieving an optimal combination of design and ergonomics: the 90 cm high cabinets are placed on a 5 cm plinth and covered with a thin 12 mm thick worktop. The result is an ideal working height that will not force you to bend over and will keep you healthy and strong for the arrival of guests or a family dinner.

If space permits, the best solution forkitchen-dining room - an island. It helps both to visually divide both zones, and to bridge the logical bridge between them: scaffolding and stalls. From the kitchen side, the island can be quite kitchen and technical, and from the dining room - elegant and functional: a glass case, or a table, or a bar counter. Above the island you can make a hinged structure with hood, light and brackets for kitchen utensils.

Our opinion:

- For zoning of the united spaceyou can use a variety of techniques: a difference in height of the ceiling or floor, podium, columns. For people who prepare actively and often, or for a large family fit glass screens and sliding partitions - they will save the household from smells, fat and other concomitant cooking irritants. If there is not enough space on the island, you can make a bar counter or its low modifications, the peninsula is somewhere between the bar, a dining table and a storage place for half of the standard depth of cabinets, or zonate space with a dining table of an interesting shape or texture.

Color, light and volume

Modern design offers a variety of approaches such asto the union, and to. Which one to choose is a matter of taste. Fans of free air spaces will find the accent on the lower part and the lightweight top of the kitchen: open, display or just very small shelves in the upper part and the bottom reinforced with additional depth. The main thing is that this decision should not be taken at the expense of practicality. Open or end-to-end racks work on the idea of ​​lightness - they can also act as a dividing strip between zones.

Fans of futuristic style likerounded facades, and lovers of modern art - avant-garde design of individual items. Color and shape will help ensure the stylistic unity of both zones. But they do not have to be the same at the same time. As children of the same mother, they must echo and harmonize among themselves.

. In the kitchen, where you have a lot ofcook, lighting is the most important element of not only design, but also safety. It should be bright and diverse. In the dining room, the light, as a rule, is more muffled - a separate piece of decor with the most important aesthetic function. To pick up fixtures for such a space without the help of a designer is a very difficult task. That's why Nolte specialists decided not to limit themselves to kitchen modules and began to produce light suitable for collections, decor items and even textiles.