Do you want to know the secret to blending a living area and a dining area together?
Coordinate the rugs!
I recently staged this darling house and I used decorative accent rugs (from HomeGoods!) to anchor the living room (above) and the dining room (below):
Here's another view:
Since these two rooms were essentially one large room, I used the same colors in each space -- emphasizing a pop of yellow, green, gray, and black.
They just flow together!
Here are the BEFORE pics:
Dining Room (used as a kids play area)
This house is now pending!