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Bright and Colorful Summer Living and Dining Rooms Decorating

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Summer decorating ideas for small, open-concept living and dining rooms with colorful and eclectic style.

Combo living and dining rooms or open layouts can be tricky to define especially when they are also small spaces. The natural tendency is to keep things minimal with a neutral color palette but what if you love eclectic and colorful styles?

I’m excited to share how I’ve infused global and eclectic decor/finds into our living and dining rooms with a few seasonal touches for summer. The best part is that it does not clutter the room and actually makes the interior spaces look bigger! So bring out the colorful and collected treasures and let’s get decorating!

Dining and Living Rooms Ideas

Very colorful and eclectic open space layout dining and living room view with moss green velvet sofa and blue dining chairs.  Anthropologie curtain.
Dining Living Room Combo

Welcome to the Bloggers Best Summer Tours hosted by my sweet friend The Tattered Pew. This is a great place to be for seasonal inspiration so don’t miss the full week’s lineup at the bottom of this article. If you are coming from, Cottage in the Mitten, welcome! We are a recently retired military family living in a single-story ranch home in Fort Worth Texas.

Our last two duty stations were in Japan so even though our 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home is around 1800 square feet, it feels like a good size! We brought home many treasures from around the world and my mother saved me many furniture, art, and decor pieces from my grandparents.

I searched high and low for combined dining and living room ideas pictures online but found very little that featured a colorful-eclectic style. So I thought for today’s tour I would share how I worked around our lack of walls to define the open concept in our house with plenty of character and pictures!

How to Define Your Dining and Living Rooms

  • Use an area rug. This is the easiest way to divide an open concept layout. A good rule of thumb is that your furniture front feet should at least be on the rug. This helps make a connection and grounds the furniture especially if it isn’t against a wall.
Living And Dining Rooms Summer Home Tour  View of Living Room with lots of green
Colorful Living Area
  • Think outside the basic floor plan. It’s easy to think that you should have furniture centered on a focal wall like a fireplace. Ours happened to be off-centered and at first, I wanted to cram everything into the corner of the area so that it was symmetrical.

As soon as I decided the fireplace itself should be the center of the room it opened up our entire living area. One side is flanked by the built-in bookcase and the other is a hallway but the rug and sofa centered on the mantel make a great design and plenty of walking space.

Living Room with Green Velvet Sofa and German Smear Fireplace
Green Sofa in Living Room

(Please excuse the paper and blue tape on the floor if spot it in pictures, we are dealing with termite damage in the back half of the house.)

Living And Dining Rooms Combo with blues and greens and pops of red and pink.
Rattan Cabinet in Between Living and Dining Rooms
  • Don’t be afraid to adjust light fixtures. We decided to use the breakfast nook for our dining room since I have a piano studio in front of the open concept living area. After living with a few different arrangements, I realized the off-centered chandelier was messing up an ideal layout. I had an electrician come and move the ceiling outlet but you can also sway a chain to make sure your light sits over the dining table where you want.
Living And Dining Rooms Summer Home Tour Decorating Ideas looking into dining area and onto the living room.  Landscape mural on the wall and german smear fireplace.
Small Dining Area

The table in the center of the dining area made the room look so much bigger! Instead of furniture against the wall, I took the opportunity at trying my hand at wall mural. It is now one of my favorite features.

Living And Dining Rooms Divided by Rattan-Cane  Cabinet.  LIght blue tablecloth and dark blue dining chairs.
Colorful Open Layout
  • Use art to define rooms. Just like rugs help define the floor layout, wall art can let you know where one space stops and another begins. When decorating a living and dining room combo with one big wall, hang pieces grouped together centered on each defined side. I used art, window treatments, and a cabinet on the dining room side and left the living room sidemore open so there’s no guessing where the rooms divide.
Living And Dining Rooms Summer Home Tour full view of living room with lots of color and white walls.
Colorful and Eclectic Living Room

Summer Decorating in Our Open Concept Living and Dining ROoms

Now that I’ve shared tips for defining separate spaces I’m dying to show recent changes and seasonal touches for today’s summer home tour!

I shared my office and piano studio last week and my grandmother’s portrait was really the starting off point for decorating this house. You’ll notice that different shades of blues and greens are the cohesive colors used throughout our home. But grandma’s portrait added a pop of red. Here she is!

woman's portrait with blue, green, and black and white
Grandma’s Portrait

She’s wearing a bright red St John’s suit in the painting and to be honest, red is not my favorite color to decorate with. I painted the wall she’s on dark green to tone down the red and did my best to ignore it. But recently I found the PERFECT curtains to go on the front window that made me fall in love with it!

They are gorgeous teal velvet curtains with warm-toned flowers. I decided to use the pops of reds, pinks, and orange through the rest of the living and dining room for summer. 🙂

Koi fish pillow in eclectic room
Koi PIllow on Green Sofa

The throw on the couch came from a night market in Chaing Mai, Thailand and the koi pillow was a recent gift. I also found darling hand-stamped pillow covers on Esty to add to the cozy-global vibe.

open concept living and dining areas
Colorful and Eclectic Living and Dining Room Combo
Green and White Living Room with german smear fireplace. Maximalist style.
Built in Bookcase with TV on Fireplace Hearth

Along with the warm tones for summer, I brought out pampas grass, air plants, house plants, and monstera leaves for more seasonal touches.

Living And Dining Rooms Summer Home Tour with Art and Antiques
German Smear Fireplace

I especially love how a money plant now looks on the foyer with a few other decorating tweaks.

Foyer cabinet and art wall
Foyer Cabinet and Gallery Wall
Foyer dark wood cabinet and light artwork.
Brass Crane and Plant with Art Wall
Brass crane and money plant with art
Neutral and Eclectic Foyer
Gallery wall in hallway
Gallery Wall

I’m ready for guests whether it’s for coffee or cocktails! I used yellow barware mixed with Okinawan blue glass tumblers for a quick setup on a desk.

Bright blue and green bird art with bar setup
Blue and Yellow Bird Art with Bar Setup

The art, desk, and brass candlesticks are all second hand finds!

bright and colorful interior design.  view of desk and bold art on wall
Large Bird Painting
Yellow and blue bar set up with tray on desk
Yellow and Blue Barware

Just to the right brings you back to the dining table…

landscape wall mural and view into piano studio from dining area
Wall Mural and Piano View

Do you take cream or sugar? I found a darling set of robin’s egg blue teacup set in a Japanese thrift store and here is its debut! The cocktail napkins and painted ivy plates were my grandmother’s.

coffee in blue cup and saucer on blue tablecloth
Coffee in Japanese China
blue and green dining room
DIY Abstract Landscape Wall Mural
blue and green dining room with bright floral curtains
Floral Curtains in Dining Area with Blue Chairs

I’m thrilled you could join me today! Next up on the home tour list is Brick’ N Blooms!

Blogger’s Best Summer Home Tour

Join 30 bloggers all week long as we welcome you into our homes. You can visit each summer home tour by clicking the links below.

Monday’s Tours

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The Tattered Pew / Stonegable / My Wee Abode

White Arrows Home / Fiddle Leaf Blog / Dabbling and Decorating

Tuesday’s Tours

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The Flowering Farmhouse / Sanddollar Lane / Cottage In The Mitten

Up To Date Interiors / Bricks ‘n Blooms / Cottage On Bunker Hill

Wednesday’s Tours

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Open Doors Open HeartsPasha Is Home / Shiplap and Shells

A Blue Nest / Cloches and Lavender / Simply 2 Moms

Thursday’s Tours

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Cassie Bustamante / First Day of Home / Midwest Life and Style

County Road 407 / She Gave It A Go / Robyn’s French Nest

Friday’s Tours

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The Ponds Farmhouse / DIY Beautify / Follow The Yellow Brick Home

My Thrift Store Addiction / Tatertots and Jello / Sweet Pea

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  1. Kathy I love your home all decorated for summer. The colors and textures you use are beautiful! I love the color of your sofa too! Enjoy a beautiful day! xo

  2. I usually run for the hills when I see so much color but I don’t know if it’s your styling or eclectic taste or your furniture but I just want to jump in each photo and live in them! I adore it all! I am from FTW too and have been inside so many fabulous ranch style houses so yours makes my heart go pitter pat. We now live in Highland Village (between Flower Mound and Denton) but come back home too see family often. Was at Joe T’s for Mother’s Day! I seriously think your home is darling and should totally be in a magazine. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

    1. Thank you so much Cassie! I found that painting with my grandpa at an Estate sale and he saved it for me when I moved back. 🙂

  3. I love your eclectic style and that green velvet sofa! It’s a pleasure to join you for another tour! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  4. Kathy your use of color and texture is my favorite! Your home is magical and totally magazine worthy! I always learn so much from you and get so many ideas. Thanks for joining the tour this week!

  5. I am a girl who loves color! So many pretty items in your home, but I especially loved your drapes. The green sofa and Koi pillow are stunning. Happy touring day!

  6. Your home is so beautiful Kathy. You have such a way of mixing colors and patterns. I love the collected look. Happy to be touring with you this week. Pinned!

  7. It’s always so fun to get a peek into your eclectic styled home, Kathy! And I so enjoy seeing all your treasures! Fun to be hopping with you! It’s been a while!

  8. Kathy,
    I don’t know if I’ve been to your site before…but I love everything about your home!! You’ve taken so many cool, colorful pieces and put them together in the most elegant and beautiful way. I really love the green bird painting too.

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