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.
Some home owners are converting a separate dining room to a more needed use perhaps a homework center for multiple generations to work in or a super-casual family room with big-screen TV and billiards table. One of Dent’s clients transformed the dining room into a music room for their children who play the piano, drums, and guitar, allowing the family to host recitals. Others are reimaging the dining room as guest quarters for overnight visitors or aging parents, especially if there’s a bathroom nearby.
There are two key factors that allow us to enlarge a space in our houses, the first one: use light and pastels colours to paint the walls. Colours like white, ivory, pale yellow or salmon are perfect for bringing more light to the room. The touch of colour comes with decorative objects such as small rugs, flowers or pictures. In our article on eclectic décor, we explain how to decorate a small living room with an eclectic style.
Bench Seating: Replacing chairs on one or both sides of the table with a bench. This is currently quite a la mode. It can work well in both contemporary and country homes. The big plus here is that you can easily squeeze a couple of extra people onto a bench as needed, the minus is that it’s not always the most comfortable for long meals. It also works well when you need to eliminate the visual disturbance of multiple chair backs perhaps if your dining table is in front of a picture window with an amazing view or the table is separating the kitchen from the family room. Bench options can go anywhere from a reclaimed church pew, to an upholstered settee to a backless farmhouse bench.
Perk up with pattern
As general rule, the stronger the pink the less of it you need, so try a shot of shocking cerise with black and white to create a sophisticated look that’s oozing with energy. Use white as the base as it sets off any pink to its best advantage. Introduce the explosion of colour with sumptuous velvet seating and vivid curtains. Team with black accents to take the look from girly to glam. An opulent orb pendant light will lean the look towards opulent 1950s Hollywood.