Nothing quite gets the attention like bright red – use it to accentuate an otherwise neutral dining space. Rather than drown a room with saturated colour, balance it throughout with an equal measure of white against a backdrop that’s also white. Start the style statement with an impressive low-slung light – this one conjures up a fiesta spirit with its pretty paper garlands. Echo the contemporary look with a mix of strong patterns on loose chair covers and a Nordic-style felt rug.
Co-ordinate a large open-plan room with a happy blend of colours. Start with a neutral backdrop throughout and add hits of colour across the scheme using soft furnishings. Keep the practical kitchen a defining monochrome and then merge into cool subtle grey and pastels for a seating zone (this one benefits from an abundance of natural light). Finally, bring a reclaimed dining set back to life with co-ordinating seat pads in vibrant jewel tones for an uplifting eclectic finish that works.
Wiltgen and his partner frequently use their terrace for meals, which is the size of some homes and apartments at 1,000 square feet. It also has good city views from its 10th floor perch. Egnatis’s company now offers a covered front porch at least 6 feet deep and 15 to 20 feet long as a standard feature. The rear of his homes feature a 12-by-13-foot area that can function as a dining space. And both can be a place to relax with fewer digital intrusions than indoors, he says. The bottom line: “Retrofitting and making changes is way more expensive two to three times or more, depending on the changes and particular geographic market than building from scratch,” Egnatis says. Advise home owners and potential buyers not to rush to make huge layout changes willy-nilly. Sometimes, it’s best for them to live in a house as it exists, then decide if they should adjust the room layout through remodeling to better meet their needs.
The remaining space can be used to place other decorative elements such as floor lamps, dressers, tables or shelves with decorative objects. They key when you don t have much space is to take advantage of multi-functional furniture in order to reduce space, and use shelves to store things on the wall, so the dining room s floor isn t full. If you want to give the room a distinct touch that also gives light to the room, choose a patterned blind so it can let through the light but still offer intimacy as well as style.
Dent has found that with computers and tablets shrinking, smaller desks are the trend. “Many would prefer that the dining room be converted at times rather than totally giving up a bedroom for an office,” he says. A round rather than rectangular table often functions better in versatile layouts since it’s easier to navigate around and more conducive to a single conversation, Wiltgen says. Depending on the area of the country you work in, the climate might not always cooperate, but a terrace, deck, or balcony can become a favorite al fresco dining spot. Protect it with an awning or umbrella overhead, or home owners can partly enclose their outdoor seating so its use can be extended into nippier fall weather.
Their desire for change is partly driven by the fact that they all want to use their dining rooms more particularly during the day so a lighter, fresher design seems more attractive and inviting. I also attribute their change to today’s ever-growing influence of Scandinavian design that favors lighter woods and paler colors.