Make the dining room a real place to live
The dining room or food area must be focused on the lives of its inhabitants. Interior designers will tell you that this room should not remain a dead space, where nothing happens outside of meals. To avoid this, we give a second use to the dining room table. For example, if there are children in the house, the table is placed in the center of the room to create a place for homework or coloring.”
The key to a lively dining room is also its dynamism. The table and modern dining chairs create the rhythm. They diversify the foundations. For example, placing a fairly comfortable chair next to a slightly stiffer chair. The food will be more dynamic and convivial. The mobility of the guests and the furniture bring enthusiasm and good humor around the table.
Take care of the location of the dining room
The main quality of the dining room or dining area is to be practical and functional on a daily basis. The access between the dining room and the kitchen must be easy and fast so that the many comings and goings are less painful. In the same way, the necessary perimeter for the chairs should not be neglected so that everyone is comfortable. The space around the table is also essential to have good circulation in the room.
Depending on the mood and layout of the rooms, the dining room can be open to the kitchen. The opening of the space allows greater fluidity and clears access to the kitchen. Before making your choice, explain the disadvantages and advantages of each configuration, kitchen open to the dining room, dining room that communicates with the living room or isolated. If it is fashionable, the open kitchen is not for everyone.
Define the living room and dining room
If the living room and dining room share the same room, clearly separate their activities. To do this, play with light. Contrary to popular belief, the table does not always sit in the bright part of the room. It can be installed in a gap to prefer to place the sofa in the light. It is an original way to create a cozy corner for meals with family or friends.
Other tips: play with storage and colors, place an imposing frame behind the table, or a hanging lamp. So many competing ideas to separate the living room and dining room.
Choose a suitable table
The table is usually modular and scalable to go from four, to eight or twelve guests. The shape also comes into play depending on the needs of the house. Rectangular or oval for the most classic, round or square for the most modern. Each one has its characteristics. If you do not have much space, a round or oval table with its extensions allows you to be numerous and at the same time have good circulation. They also offer a certain conviviality and are more flexible to add a last minute guest.
The material of the table must be chosen according to the characteristics and customs of the inhabitants of the house. In the case of children, the table must be robust, it must be chosen in wood or plywood for example. The choice is also made according to the activities that are practiced: eating, working, etc. In all cases, an easy-care table should be chosen. The glass tray should be avoided if you are a fan of fingerprints. Also beware of the daily bazaar that nibbles on the square. A large, empty table is not usually left empty.
Use the warehouse for the dining room
For a while, dining room sideboards regained their popularity and are now available in various styles. Practically, this low unit hides a lot of space without affecting the decoration. For style, go for an element with character rather than being scattered. The piece of furniture is above all a pretext to place objects on it, such as lamps, for example. We found more storage space in the kitchen.
However, if you have space or not enough storage space in the kitchen, decentralize some of the dishes in the dining room. Large sideboards are in fashion, in a flea market or rather in an industrial spirit. They affirm the atmosphere of the room.
Create a room where you feel good during the meal
A place to share moments with family and friends, the dining room is a convivial room. For your guests to have a good time, personalize this space without overloading it. Opt for soft colors or bold, gourmet touches.
The light in the dining room should also be taken care of. The intensity of the lighting must be able to be adapted to the different activities thanks to a dimmer switch. It is necessary to favor a low enough light so as not to dazzle the people around the table. For a soft atmosphere, multiply the light sources with table lamps or wall lamps. And for cozy dinner parties, place candles on the table.