Dining room and living room combinations are popular even among homeowners who don't need to open up the wall between them to create more space. The combination is an example of open plan design, although dining room and living room combos have existed long before this trend started. They bring a cozier feel to an area, and there are many other advantages that this type of arrangement offers. Consider opening up the wall between these two rooms in your home for these reasons.
Gives the Space an Open Feel
A dining room living room combination can make a tiny dining room space feel more open. The wall will make the dining room, and perhaps even the living room feel crammed. When you get enough guests, you'll feel as if you're dining in a box. You won't have that problem when you combine the two, because you can seat guests in parts of the living room and still have an inclusive dining experience.
Easy to Expand Seating
There are other ways to have a dining experience without using a dining room table. You can entertain without using one at all, or add to one by using additional furniture for guests to eat on. That gives you many options for seating as many guests as you can fit in both rooms. For example, you can line up tables beginning in your dining room and ending in the living room. The wall would get in the way of expanding and it would separate your guests.
Great for Buffet Dining
You can buy portable rectangular tables to set up a buffet in your home. A dining room and living room combination is perfect for that set up, because you can have the buffet in one area, and seating in another. Guests can easily get to and from the food without going around a wall. It's easier to maintain a conversation even when they go up for food because you'll still be able to see them and they can see you.
Makes Other Forms of Entertaining Easier
There are just some things that you can't pull off with a wall standing between guests. Think of the possibilities with the wall knocked down. You can entertain guests while they eat. For example, you can watch a movie together while you dine, or perform for them while they eat. You can transform one end of the living room into a dance floor, and guests can eat and watch. It's difficult to accomplish any of those ides when there's a wall separating the two rooms.
Furniture placement can be tricky, but you have to get it right for the dining room living room combination to work. You want to maintain the sense of flow between both rooms. At the same time, you should create two separate zones so that it's clear that one area is for living room purposes and the other is for dining purposes. You'll appreciate the distinction during the times that you're not entertaining or dining.