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.
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.
Get the best out of grey with monochrome additions. Take on the trend of the decade with a strong statement wall in slate grey. Break up the density with white storage to instantly freshen the mood. Create depth and interest with a triangular display of arty black and white framed prints. Bring in pale wood dining furniture with smart grey upholstery and an exciting accent colour – such as the zingy yellow of this stylish rug.
If you’re looking to create the perfect lighting in your dining space, read on to learn about the basic types of lighting that can help brighten up your meals!