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.
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.
Sconces are the go-to wall lighting for dining spaces. Their installation type keeps them up and out of the way, while their placement against a wall helps them contribute indirect light to the space. Sconces come in a huge variety of styles, so they can maintain a casual look or help elevate the design of a dining space.
Kitchen-dining rooms give you the freedom to spread out a bit more. Make the most of this with an extending dining table. The family can use the space for different things at the same time, without feeling crowded. This is where chairs, rather than benches, will give you more flexibility. Go for a dining table and six chairs with easy-to-wipe-clean leather-effect seats, for comfort and convenience.
Unfortunately, dining room buffets are becoming less common. Since so much eating is done in different areas of the home (and frequently family members eat at different times), the once near necessity of dining room buffets are not needed in many modern homes.
Take time to consider the size of the room and also the amount of natural light it receives, as it may take on a more practical use in the daytime, for homework or housekeeping, for example. A room flooded with light can hold its own during the day when decorated with dark colours, which in turn will be the ideal back drop for an intimate setting in the evening. However, a naturally darker room may benefit from a lighter touch of pale shades throughout the day, which can be warmed up with subtle lighting at nightfall.