Divine Dining Rooms
Is the formal dining room a relic? Has open plan living replaced the need for a dining room? Well, my answer is yes and no... to both questions! It really depends on your lifestyle. How you live in your home is far more important than how a home is “supposed” to be designed. For families who eat together 7 nights a week, and don’t do a lot of entertaining, the dining room incorporated into the great room makes a lot of sense. Dedicated entertainers who’d rather leave the mess in the kitchen and have an intimate, elevated vibe should consider a formal dining room.
Either way, you need the same features in both: a table and chairs, of course; a chandelier above to mark the space as “special” (and to wow your guests); and some sort of additional flat surface nearby to store the the things you want near the table, but not “on” the table, like extra wine or serving dishes for different courses. Speaking of “wow,” everything in this NYC dining room is incredible and thoughtfully curated to make the room come alive.
One thing you’ve seen a million times in design magazines, but may have never noticed, is that dining chairs never match the table. We designers put our foot down about this, and you should, too. Never, ever buy a matched set. Also, a great way to set off a dining area that’s really just a corner of the room is a focal point with a pice of great art (or several pieces in this case).
One advantage of a formal dining room is being able to do something really special with the walls. You’ve never experienced magic until you’ve had a candlelit supper inside a lacquered room!
And one last tip: When a dining room and a living room flow together, a great way to make the space feel like separate rooms is via a large, anchoring area rug.
For more dining room inspiration, please visit my Dine Divinely Pinterest board.