Living Room and Kitchen - Williamsburg RenovationContemporary Living Room, New York
Open plan living room and kitchen.
© Joe Fletcher Photography.
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1. Open it up to other rooms. If you have limited living area, you may want to view your living room as a flowing space and, when possible, open up doorways or walls so adjacent rooms blend together. A living room can be a larger combination of a living, dining and kitchen space if you take down the walls that separate them. Likewise, widening doorways and opening them up to the ceiling will create a larger, more open feeling. If making major structural changes is not possible, try simply removing the doors to each connected space. This not only will improve the sightlines and light in each room, it will allow for an easier flow of movement.What You Need to Know Before You Tear Down That Wall
This view looks from the seating area toward the dining area, which features built-in seating in front of a bay window. Note how the stepped ceiling also helps demarcate the different zones, adding some height to the living room.
The kitchen embraces the bay window looking out over the park across the street. "When you sit at the kitchen table, you can hear the kids playing across the street — a pretty unusual thing for New York," says Zames.