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Kitchens open to the living room – Tips for renovation and decoration

Kitchens open to the living room - Tips for renovation and decoration

Kitchens open to living room or kitchen integrated into the living room or “living room, bedroom, kitchen, all together”… I’ve talked about it here. but let’s talk about the time you have decided that you are going to renovate or build and you really want to have a kitchen in the same room environment: What should be your concerns? Let’s see from ceiling to floor what you need to evaluate:

A kitchen more or less open to the living room, which has its advantages, because it is not so exposed (photo: decorfacil). But let’s talk about the most open ones here too.


Kitchen lighting should match, on style, with the lighting of the environment of which it is part. In addition to being beautiful, it should be functional, illuminating without creating shadows in general lighting (dimly lit luminaires) and very clear and focused on work areas (spots on the bottom of top cabinets are a good idea) and without changing the color of food. (lamps with high IRC).

When the kitchen is fully open to the living room use lamps of similar color temperature (2700/3000 k). One has to decide whether or not there will be a lowered ceiling and whether it will be lowered throughout or in part.

Cheerful colors in the kitchen. The upper cabinet has a bright, bright tone that accompanies the refrigerator and helps not darken the area. Since the whole environment is neutral in color, the kitchen is a focal point, which increases concern about keeping it neat and clean and decreases options if you want to put color in the rest of the room, as you will have to choose colors that match they. Cabinets are closed, which reduces “pollution” by facilitating the use of bolder colors.

The ceiling is without lowering. The lighting follows the industrial style, with rails and pendant lamps. The wall hood duct can pass above the cabinets or through the wall, wherever the outside is closest (this environment was run for the Live More for Less Show by Andressa Fonseca in 2014)

The decision on the position, model and form of installation of exhaust hood, its duct, electrical and plumbing installations (and in some cases even air conditioning) should also be taken since if it is decided or mandatory to pass these installations or installation of recessed luminaires, this will decide the requirement lowering and your Height.

The gray and silver of the room is repeated in the kitchen. And the wooden countertop, which contrasts with the floor, warms the entire room. Neutral colors are great for those who don’t want to be “stuck” in choosing the other colors used in decorating. An island hood whose duct either passes above the ceiling recess – most likely – or the “beam” (which in this case would be false – I really don’t know, but would be a solution if you don’t want to lower everything). The kitchen flooring, despite the same color as the living room, is not the same. Probably better withstand contact with water, such as porcelain or even vinyl. The lighting is discreet and inlaid like that of the living room (Architect project Cristiane Schiavoni; photo: carlos piratininga)

This environment, also in an industrial style, in addition to general rail lighting, has countertop spots, which is extremely functional. The hood duct is exposed, a freedom that industrial style gives. The floor, which looks like burnt cement, is all over the space and aids in cleaning. And again the neutral colors (black and white) match the style and environment without forcing a more studied palette and allow open shelves without much visual pollution. (photo: casatreschic).


THE exhaust hood It is essential in kitchens open to the living room. This because, different from debuggershe, through a duct, blows air out of the house or apartment. To save and facilitate it is good that the stove is placed near a wall that communicates with the outside.

If you are looking to rent or buy a small kitnet apartment with open kitchen and little ventilation (one window in all the fit, very common here) that you can not put a hood with air vent or you eat out / ask for ready food or never fry an egg again without having to live with the smell for a long time later. I’m not saying it’s impossible – I’ve lived in one myself, but there are certain habits that we have to adapt. (photo: Tuacasa)

Observe recommended cooker and duct heights and sizeswhich are in the manuals of these equipments. It is also important that the hood have power (air suction capacity – informed in the hood manual); enough for the size of the environment. An account that is used to know how powerful your space is multiply the volume (length x width x height of the room) by 10.

A very different hood installation. Lower cabinets in green repeated in the decoration, as well as wood. Exposed utensils draw less attention because the colors of the shelves and wall are neutral. (photo: CasaeJardim)


In the kitchen the electric has a fundamental role: Refrigerator, freezer, oven, stove, cooktop, dishwasher, cooker hood, blender, electric cookware, toaster, etc. and all those gadgets that sometimes make life easier need energy. And some, separate systems and / or sturdier outlets (20A for dishwasher, washer, some ovens and microwaves and air conditioning for example – and with different wiring, you know?). All of this safely placed at the best height and position to use!

Environment with prevalence of white and black and gray touches. The kitchen is almost minimalist – simplicity works in small open spaces (project: Oliva Arquitetura Photo: Daniel Lee)

In addition to the various lamps, hood, etc. with their wiring and switches. And the hard thing is to have them in a way that is pleasing to the eye, since we are in an open kitchen, right? See more about kitchen outlets in this post. But the most important thing is to have a competent professional to perform the installations that are inside the walls that you do not see.

(photo: illumisul)

It is essential that the distribution of the main elements be defined by considering and predicting all this (and the hydraulic below), including the positions and distances between stove, refrigerator and ovens to each other and in relation to walls, sockets and wiring … as this can cause malfunctions of appliances.

Dark walls, low light environment… The solution is to use light colors in the furniture and floor, as well as abundant artificial lighting. The straight and simple lines of closed cabinets simplify and give lightness. The neutral color coating in the environment is perfect for giving joy without drawing too much attention. The hood is embedded in the upper cabinet (photo: r-design)

And don’t forget about day-to-day safety: For example: Putting the microwave (or oven) above eye level is not safe at all! Imagine removing a hot plate from this height? Imagine the situations of everyday life!

Perfect combination of design simplicity with luxury throughout. The option of not having top cabinets has brought the minimalist lightness to this beautiful kitchen with oven built into the side wall (where is also the fridge) (photo: home-designing)

The kitchen is a work area, which needs to be well planned so that everything flows smoothly and the risk of accidents, fires, etc. is minimized. And in the case of open kitchens, the care with aesthetics, with “how will you be seen from the room?”Should be a constant concern.

Hydraulic / Gas

Due to the natural danger in the use of fire and the presence of gas, the installation of the stove and ovens is a matter of detailed technical standards and there is a lot of detail in your installation manuals, which tell you what you might call a detail, but it’s super important for your safety considering both water and gas points. In addition, in many municipalities, for street gas to be installed, it will be necessary to go through a survey of the responsible agencies.

At Colors accompany the rest of the environment in this kitchen “separated” by a large worktop. The space is large enough to have even a more hidden service area in the background (photo: Desvinter)

One of the basic safety rules for hydraulics and gas is that your records are easily accessible so that in the event of an emergency they can be quickly shut down. Think of the difficulty of doing this beautifully in a kitchen open to the living room? And worse, if you haven’t anticipated it before?

Anyway, I think it is clear that planning, building and renovating a kitchen – even more open to the living room – is a very complex activity, realized?


It only looks like the “icing on the cake” but floors and walls need to be lined with materials that support their environment and ensure safety for users. Therefore, very bright and slippery floors should not be used in the kitchen. Therefore, if your apartment has a kitchen open to the living room, the issue should be resolved, even with the use of different coatings for the kitchen area, but maintaining the harmony between the spaces.

Another issue is the ease of cleaning and the ease of breakage or damage to the materials to be used. In areas of high traffic and accident use is more likely to happen (I’m talking about lacquer, glass, mirror, pointed knobs, etc. which are beautiful and have their advantages knowing where to put). Think about it when you buy.

The durability of heavily used areas such as benches is a major savings factor. That fabulous and beautiful marble won’t last long white like kitchen countertops. He is too porous. Stainless steel and aluminum scratch easily… Choose materials with characteristics that are well suited for use. It’s a great way to save. More so in kitchens open to the living room.

Other than that, we still have the issue of harmony with the rest of the space: Kitchens in neutral colors are preferred because they facilitate decoration (especially in the color palette) and draw less attention. But of course the kitchen can be the focal point of the environment (we have a photo example up there). The often low light propagation in small environments can be helped with clear overhead cabinets (and of course good lighting).

Anyway, I talked a lot and left many links to several other posts. But of course I left many points out because it would be impossible to talk about everything. What I wanted to show in this post is that the kitchen is always a complex environment to plan and should not be done without the help of professionals. And that the open kitchen to the living room adds some more important issues that need to be studied.

6 ways to prevent moisture in your home

6 ways to prevent moisture in your home

Did you know that moisture besides damaging your home is also harmful to the health of the people living in it?

From the growth and spread of mold, super hazardous to the health of your family, to the compromised structure of the residence, there are many reasons to avoid moisture.

William Santos image by Unsplash

The good news is that the methods for this can be as simple as taking shorter showers and cleaning the gutters. Check out six tips below:

  1. Soil drainage is critical!

Many homes suffer from seepage into the walls, and a very common reason for this is excessive soil moisture. This happens when water accumulates around the residence, which can lead to compromise of the structure.

Therefore, it is very important to install a soil drainage system before beginning the fundamentals of construction. This system can consist of simple methods, such as a drainage litter box, up to the use of pipes or retaining walls. Check here the types of soil drainage.

2. Bet on natural ventilation!

One of the best ways to combat high humidity levels is to make sure your home is well ventilated.

Areas such as the kitchen and bathroom are most affected by the problem, so it is important to have adequate ventilation in these parts.

Opening windows while taking a shower or preparing meals and installing hoods helps to decrease humidity in the bathroom and kitchen.

If any environment is not well ventilated, it can become a focus of moisture. Even small windows or openings in the walls help keep the area dry and even fans help.

  1. Do not take too long showers

A simple action like taking shorter, not-so-hot showers is another tactic to decrease the humidity in your home.

Longer, hotter baths produce more steam, which contributes to increased water accumulation in the environment. Using a low flow shower can also help to control the problem.

  1. Limit the number of plants indoors

Plants release particles of water into the air – so if you have too many (too many!) Of them inside your house (worry about winter gardens, for example), the environment will get humid quickly.

Be sure to limit the amount of plants in your home or toggle between keeping them indoors and on the porch.

  1. Take care of the gutters

Living in a house, even if the gutters are outside the home, they can contribute to moisture inside if not properly maintained.

Anna King image by Unsplash

Making sure your gutters are clean and effectively driving the water away from the foundation of your home is important in the task of decreasing moisture.

Any excess water that accumulates on the foundation can seep into the walls and cause a number of problems.

  1. Swap openings

Old and sealed windows and doors can allow cool air into your home and increase humidity levels.

Ozgu Ozden image by Unsplash

Some minor window fixes may already help. For example, add a plastic film to the glass or seal the inside and outside of the windows.

However, as the openings become very fragile and moisture begins to accumulate between the panels, the best option is to even replace them.

50 rooms decorated and inspiring by Twin Babies

50 rooms decorated and inspiring by Twin Babies

Building a baby room is a very difficult task, but adapting to two children requires double care. For those who have difficulty, what is good, is to pick a theme for the decoration, as it will help in the selection of the details of the room.

It is important to ensure the child’s warmth, so very strong colors are not recommended for this environment. The good thing is to opt for neutral colors like beige, yellow or green.
And of course it is possible to use warm tones with harmony for anyone who wants a colorful twin room.

You must have a good project in hand to perfect the spaces and know how to organize the most important things: cribs, drawers and armchairs. If your dorm is too small, it is a good idea to put a cot in it because it makes the arrangement of furniture easier and more economical.

For those who like a modern decoration, it is interesting to have a basic decoration neutral and complemented with details related to the sex of the children.

We have selected some ideas for parents of twins to be inspired. They are suggested for different styles and I hope you enjoy:

Picture 1 – Room of the twins for boys and girls

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Picture 2 – Twin room with cot

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Figure 3 – Neutral Twin Room

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Picture 4 – room with picture frame

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Picture 5 – room with name on the wall

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Picture 6 – Baby room pink and blue

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Picture 7 – room of the twins for girls

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Picture 8 – Room with drawings on the wall

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Picture 9 – Room with decoration in yellow

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Picture 10 – four-poster bed

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Picture 11 – room with slate wall

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Picture 12 – Room with elephant decoration

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Figure 13 – Twin Baby Room with names on the wall

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Picture 14 – Room with neutral colors

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Picture 15 – room for boys

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Picture 16 – Room with colored polka dot wall

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Picture 17 – Clean baby room

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Picture 18 – Room with white decoration

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Picture 19 – Room with round niches on the wall

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Picture 20 – room of twins with wallpapers

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Figure 21 – Room with yellow and blue decoration

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Picture 22 – Twin baby room with colorful decoration

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Picture 23 – Room with butterfly decoration

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Picture 24 – Room with only one exchanger for the two children

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Picture 25 – room with gray decoration

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Figure 26 – Room with black cot and yellow decoration

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Figure 27 – Twin Baby Room with Rounded Crib

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Picture 28 – Room with wooden bed

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Picture 29 – Room with golden balls on the wall

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Figure 30 – Twin Baby Room with neutral base

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Figure 31 – Twin room neutral base and blue decoration

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Picture 32 – Room with baby cot in bisotê design

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Figure 33 – Room with simple decoration

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Figure 34 – Room with bench between cots

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Picture 35 – Bedroom with cot next to each other

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Figure 36 – Room with mini mobile phone

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Figure 37 – Room with armchairs

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Picture 38 – Room with pink decoration

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Picture 39 – Room with black and white cradle

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Picture 40 – room with gray crib

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Figure 41 – Room with cradles on the wall

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Figure 42 – Provençal style room

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Picture 43 – Room with tree drawing on the wall

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Figure 44 – Room with wooden crib

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Picture 45 – Room with corner table between cots

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Figure 46 – Room with white decoration and slot

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Figure 47 – Rustic-style room

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Picture 48 – Room with pictures on the wall

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Picture 49 – Room with modern style

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Picture 50 – Twin Baby Room with blue and red decoration

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