Creating a pretty dining room or breakfast space with personality can be a difficult task. Matched sets of dining furniture looks dull. Incorrectly mixed furnishings looks chaotic. Using a formulaic “big box store” table with four side chairs and two host chairs looks unimaginative. So how to do it, especially when you often have existing pieces to start with, seating requirements, space restrictions and the room needs to blend with surrounding areas? Follow along!
USE AN EXISTING TABLE & CHAIRS FOR A UNIQUE LOOK – if an older table and chairs are great quality, and their look is classic, they can still work well. Depending on the look desired, we like to use and update them with new chairs, modern lighting and art, in the right combinations, to create a dining space with personality.
USE A TABLE AND BENCH FOR MAXIMUM SEATING – a bench is a great solution where maximum seating is needed. It can look polished if the bench matches the table and can look great if interesting chairs are added on the side and ends. The look can be casual, or more formal, depending on the elements used.
USE SMALL SCALE PIECES FOR TIGHT SPACES – many dining rooms are small, open to other rooms or part of a circulation area, making a functional dining area seem impossible. But if properly scaled pieces are used, a small dining area can be functional and beautiful.
USE A ROUND TABLE FOR A SQUARE OR BUSY SPACE – in a square room, a round table can look well-proportioned and provide the most seating. In a small busy space, a round table can also allow for an easier, more graceful circulation pattern. It’s a favorite table shape that can look great when used with the right chairs.
USE VERSATILE DINING PIECES IN OPEN SPACES – many dining areas now are part of, or close to, the home’s great room, foyer, kitchen or all of these. All spaces look best when they flow seamlessly together, visually and often functionally. We like to design spaces that provide more than one function if possible.