Keep things clean with an interior that conveys thoughtful intention

Homeowners spend plenty of time and money on things that make their kitchens unique, practical and interesting. That’s how it should be. But a home that doesn’t tie its spaces together effectively can feel disjointed and awkward to be in. By selecting essential elements and finishes – and pulling it through your entire home – you can create harmony throughout your space.

When it comes to the kitchen, it’s crucial to pair your chosen style with the kitchen’s closest cousin – the dining area. Here’s how to create continuity between your kitchen and dining area:

Flooring

If your kitchen renovation includes a floor refreshment, go with the same floors in your dining area. It’s the simplest way to make the two areas look unified. Nothing will make your space look more disjointed than two different flooring materials that don’t make sense together.

© Marte Garmann, ©Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

Trim Colour

Going with a single colour for trim, window frames, doors and other painted surfaces is another sure-fire way to unify the space. You want your dining area to look like it was designed with the kitchen – so repeating a treatment colour is a delicate way of creating a sense of rhythm between the two.

Floors in natural materials such as hardwood, bamboo or cork are mindful additions of neutral and natural background details. (c) kmldesign.dk

Consistent Detailing

Even small things like drawer handles can make a big difference when installed consistently. Instead of selecting dining room detailing at random, take a look at your kitchen, and copy some of the elements from the start and stay consistent. Using black fabric on your kitchen bar stools? Use that same fabric on your dining chairs.

Start incorporating warm colours in your small, open-concept kitchen with neutral tones. (c) hansenkitchens.com

Lighting

Consider what lighting you use in both your kitchen and dining area. You don’t necessary need to use the same lights throughout, but pay attention to the style of lights – and make sure they pair together nicely.

The kitchen is the descriptive art on the personality of the family and Carole assures the vibe of the family is felt in her designs. (c) Nau Concept

Rugs and mats

Pull together the two rooms with similar style rugs. It’s a great choice to provide consistency not only between your kitchen and dining area, but your entire home. Just steer clear of going too wild and colourful – natural colour fibres are great options for most spaces and draw too much attention.

Natural fibre area rugs made of coir, sisal, rush or grass add rustic and earthy charm to the kitchen. (c) kmldesign.dk

With just a little bit of foresight and planning, it’s super simple to seamlessly marry your kitchen and dining room. Head here for more design ideas and read up on how to plan the most impactful kitchen improvements.