Classy design ideas for a living/dining room

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Our latest project in Coral Gables, Miami, features a sleek and sophisticated living/dining room combo full of clean lines, colorful accessories, and decorations.

Interior Design project in Coral Gables. Bright living/dining room with big window.

There has been an increase in the number of people who undertake significant modifications to their houses. For some, redecorating is as simple as painting walls and adding a few stylish items. However, others may want to take on a more challenging project. The amount of people who have visited our website has increased considerably, from new-build inquiries to homeowners who want to improve the look of their properties.

Here are a few pointers on how to get similar style and flair.

Use color cleverly

The color scheme in this living/dining room combo is mostly neutral, with pops of color in the accessories and artwork. This is a great way to make a small space feel bigger and brighter.

We were adamant about wanting the space to have a calming atmosphere. The subtle white, charcoal and blue tones used in this project are a nod to the city’s stunning Mediterranean Revival architecture. 

In this project, the use of a single hue, such as white marble, creates a soothing and cohesive atmosphere even though there are two distinct physically defined areas.

Throughout this home renovation, we decided to paint all window trims black. For a dramatic impact and to create a seamless indoor-outdoor link, we went with ceiling-to-floor glass doors.

Living room area in a classy interior design remodeled home

Mix and match textures

A trick for adding dimension to a space and making it more interesting is to use various textures. The drapes were custom-made for the floor-to-ceiling windows, which allow natural light to flood in and make the dining room seem brighter. The table clearly zones the space, and the blue drapes are paired with the paintings.

In chilly neutral tones, a rug with a black trim provides both literal and figurative warmth to the room. It also defines the seating area and creates contrast with the marble flooring.

Dining room area in a spacious living/dining room in Coral Gables

Lighting is key

As with any space, thinking about how to use lighting is important when planning to divide an integrated room. If the layout allows, ideally position the dining table near a window, so you can make the most of the available natural light, but also think about how to ensure it is well-lit in the evening with ceiling lights that also double up as a design element.

Depending on the total space size, you might choose pendant lights above the table and recessed lighting in the living area. You’ll also want to make sure there’s visual harmony between all light fixtures. The bold pendant light hanging over the dining table and statement artwork on the walls give this Coral Gables home some serious style. The room’s decor ties everything together with colors that are inspired by the paintings.

Very bright dining room with huge windows

Consider bi-fold doors

Emphasizing an indoor-outdoor living experience was key in the design of this all-white home in Coral Gables. The living room opens to an outdoor entertaining space with floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors that let plenty of natural light into the area. Stepping through the bi-fold doors, you enter a garden oasis that is perfect for outdoor relaxation.

Spacious and classy dining-living room area

Design elements and furniture

Thanks to the high ceilings, we were able to install two beautiful ceiling fans. Not only do they help circulate air throughout the space, but they also add another design element to tie the room together.

The homeowners also had some specific ideas about the furniture they wanted in the space. The clean lines of the sofa and armchairs are complemented by the more organic shapes of the coffee table.

In the living room, the television is hung above a beautiful metal and glass table.

Very classy living room area in shared dining/living room with custom furniture


As you can see, there are many ways to successfully divide an integrated room without building walls. By playing with colors, textures, and lighting, you can create two distinct areas that flow together seamlessly. 

At Kathryn Interiors, we sought to create a classy home in Coral Gables, Miami – and we succeeded. The photos speak for themselves – this living room/dining room is a sophisticated and stylish space that is perfect for entertaining or simply relaxing at home. The result is a stunning residence that feels like a luxurious retreat.

If you’re planning a home renovation and need help dividing your space, we would be happy to assist you. Contact us today to get started.


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Hi, I'm Kathy!

I am an expert color consultant with over 30 years of experience in interior and fashion design. I help both residential and commercial clients create unique looks for their homes and businesses.
Clients often come to me seeking sharp attention to detail, reliable work, and an excellent sense of design--all of which I pride myself on delivering.

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