More and more homes these days are starting to give up on the idea of a separate dining room. Somehow this area doesn’t make sense anymore either because of the lack of physical space or simply because family members rarely get to synchronize their schedules so they can have dinner together.
Also, there’s also the issue of comfort and commodity which drives some to prefer the kitchen or the living room just because the dining area doesn’t feel as welcoming and as comfortable. We hope to change that by inspiring you to set up your own inviting dining room, a space you’ll actually want to eat in.
A lot of times dining rooms can seem too formal and intimidating and that prevents them from actually being welcoming and cozy. To make that doesn’t happen in your own home, find a way to seamlessly integrate the dining area into the rest of the floor plan and choose furniture with a simple, familiar and friendly finish and color palette.
Oval and round dining tables are known to make people feel more connected to each other compared to the classic rectangular shape. To make the setup even cozier, add comfortable, casual-looking chairs with low backrests.
It’a not just the furniture that matters. The little things like the accessories or the dining room table centerpiece play an important role in making this space look and feel inviting and comfortable. A sure way to make that happen is to have a fireplace in the room.
Of course, you have to design your dining room in the style that makes you feel comfortable and that can differ from person to person. Some enjoy minimalism while other prefer more elegant setups which can even seem formal or opulent to others.
A glass dining table is a good option for small rooms because it creates a sense of openness. At the same time, a lot of tables with glass tops have sculptural and eye-catching base designs and that’s a cool detail to tale into consideration.
In addition to picking a nice-looking dining table and a set of comfortable chairs, it’s also important to add suitable lighting to the dining room in order to create a pleasant ambiance. If you’re going for a fancy, sophisticated vibe, hang a chandelier above the table.
For a more casual but equally stylish look, display a large pendant lamp above the table. Its shape can match that of the dining table. Ideally, the light would be warm and easy on the eyes, not too dim but not too bright either.
Bring people together and create a cozy vibe with benches instead of chairs. If you want to cover all bases, opt for diverse seating options. You could have a bench and a few chairs or you can play with different types of chairs and armchairs.
The dining table may be the centerpiece of the room but everything else around it is just as important so think of what other furniture pieces you’d want to put in this room. A bookcase might make the space feel welcoming and a storage cupboard would be useful to have around.
You should also focus on the dining table decor and the little things that make all the difference between a cold and austere space and one that makes you feel at home. That includes the area rug, the table centerpieces, the accent lighting as well as the wall decor.
The glass base makes this dining table look like it’s floating and that’s a really cool detail. It helps to maintain an airy and spacious feel throughout the room plus it also allows the area rug and that beautiful wooden top to stand out more.
The dining and the chairs don’t have to match or to be part of a set. In fact, we think choosing them each separately is a great way to give the dining room more character. It’s also an opportunity to bring your favorite colors, textures and finishes into your home.
Create a warm and cozy ambiance in the dining room with table lamps, candles and artwork on the walls. The candles can be part of your dining table centerpiece. Also, if there are open shelves in the room you can use them to display collectibles, books and small planters for a more personalized look.
The color palette can make a huge difference in the decor as well. A light color scheme based on whites and yellows will give the room a breezy and cheerful vibe while a darker color scheme will create a more intimate appearance.
As mentioned before, there are numerous different types of seating that you can choose from when furnishing a dining room. Even the classical dining chairs come in a ton of different styles, shapes and sizes. Then there are also benches, sofas and even poufs to think about.
Instead of a large chandelier or a single oversized pendant lamp, it could be interesting to hang two, three or more small pendants to create an eye-catching cluster. This can work for the living room or for the dining room.
Hang a large mirror on one of the walls to create the impression of a larger space or to reflect a nice view or a beautiful decoration. Use this design trick in areas such as the living room or the dining area to create unusual focal points.