Dining For Everyday Living

Dining For Everyday Living

The dining room. A room where your family and friends come together to share a meal, a room to create memories and relax: from on-the-go breakfasts, to lavish buffet brunches, and unforgettable dinner parties that go on and on your dining space can be the heart of your home.

The dining room. A room where your family and friends come together to share a meal, a room to create memories and relax: from on-the-go breakfasts, to lavish buffet brunches, and unforgettable dinner parties that go on and on your dining space can be the heart of your home. 

 

If you haven’t used your dining room in a while then there is no better time to elevate your room and get excited for the holiday season. The basic rules of design can help you accomplish this along with examples of various design approaches to help you realize your dream dining room. 

 

Things to consider: How many people do you want to seat for everyday and how many to squeeze in occasionally? The answer to this will dictate the size and style of table you choose. Using a round table can allow for more people to congregate around, but does take up extra floor space. The addition of extra table leaves for an extendable table is an easy fix to accommodate those extra ‘occasional’ guests. You can always pull up a few folding tables or better yet, some furniture manufacturers create 3-legged tables that attach to the end of your dining table and can be used as a desk or hallway table when not needed. 

 

How do you want to use your dining space? The formality of some dining spaces can alienate the use and feel of a versatile room. With careful design you can reimagine the space to combine features and functions. The addition of a library wall, home office or craft area can make the whole family feel at home in a multi-use area. If you think about it, the right shelving unit or a buffet can compliment your dining table with the addition of built in desks, storage and display for home décor. 

 

Is your aesthetic formal, casual, contemporary or traditional? Your style choice will direct the way you choose your dining room finishes and furniture. Having every piece of furniture in the same wood type and finish will create a very clean, formal space. For something more eclectic and transitional have everything mix & match. A modern glass table pairs beautifully with traditional upholstered chairs or maybe a rustic dining table with sleek white chairs. 

 

The finishing touch can be the perfect area rug placed under your dining table. With so many open concept dining/living spaces an area rug can really help to anchor the eating area. Choose carefully, fluffy can trap all the crumbs and scraps form the table, but is oh so nice to dig your toes in to. For me, the best style to choose is low pile and tightly woven, chairs glide easily on these. Size is important, too small and the rear legs of your chairs will get caught. A good rule of thumb is to have at least 24” from the edge of your table to the outside edge of your area rug. Go too big instead of too small! Choosing the right rug can add texture, warmth and depth to your dining space.

 

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