“The dining room is the last retreat of the old value and more human scale of the past”- Patrick Dunne. Our cultural expectations are dictating that we should own one. What is there to be done if your home can’t afford this luxury? If you live in a studio or a small house with two rooms, you have probably given up on the idea of having your very own dining room. The limited space in your home may not allow a separate dining room. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t have one cleverly inserted in the kitchen or living room.
If you have the small space, we have the ideas. Take a look at 10 functional and stylish dining rooms, that make the most out of the given space. Let them serve as inspiration.
1. Dining Room- A Gathering Place
The dining is a place of gathering. It’s is the place you get to spend some quality time with your family after a hard day at work. If you’re planning a holiday get together with your relatives, the dining room is the place to host it.
Perhaps you’re having some friends over for dinner and a glass of wine. The alcohol loosens the tongues and calls for conversations that lasts way over midnight. The dining room should provide the right atmosphere to maintain the conversation.
2. A Nurturing Environment
The food is great, but does the decor make your guests want to linger at the dining room table? Use decorative elements to make the dining table feel like the most important thing in the room. By hanging a chandelier over it, you are creating a “safe zone”, a protective cone. A centerpiece will help accentuate the illusion.
3. Similarity In Shapes
Work with the shape of the dining table. If your table has a round top, a circular/spherical chandelier works best. If you have a rectangle shaped table, you can opt to accentuate its elongation by choosing a similar shaped chandelier. This is a matter of preference.
4. Mirror, Good Or Bad?
Mirrors are often used in dining rooms to reflect the chandelier. It helps with the illumination and doubles the focal point. However, an oversized mirror reflecting the diner table may not be a good idea. It looks great, but it can become distracting and uncomfortable. Some people are not very fond of watching themselves eat and socialize.
5. How To Use A Mirror In The Dining Room
You should create a pleasant atmosphere for everyone. The dining room should be a place to relax and unwind. Use a mirror that’s over the eye-level of a person sitting down. This way, you get the best of both worlds.
6. How To Use An Oversized Mirror
If your heart is set on an oversized mirror, feel free to use one. Make sure it doesn’t reflect the dining table.
7. Create An Inviting Environment
Don’t leave your living room without art. It can look unfinished and unwelcoming. Choose a piece of art, an intricate frame, a plant, an interesting lighting fixture. Have something that breaks the monotony.
8. A Piece Of Art
The difference between this and the previous example is huge. The mirror, the blackboard table and the vase create a pleasant atmosphere. What’s more, the color and texture of the wood, along with proper illumination give this dining room warmth. Minimalism doesn’t mean emptiness. You can achieve harmony in any style.
9. Shabby Chic Dining Room
Dining room with two dining places, the one with a small wooden table with a striped sofa and stools besides it and the other one with a rectangular dining table surrounded with chairs. The art decor picture add color to the room and make more stunning.
10. Classic Approach- Fireplace
Let the warmth of the fire be an incentive for conversation. Pair it with great food and a glass of wine for a dinner to remember.
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