When dealing with a large group of people, table space becomes a big issue. It takes a lot of food to feed a large party, and the buffet is there to bear the brunt of the load. Once again, pleasing the guests is the most important part of the meal, and while a table filled to the edges with food might look good, it doesn’t leave enough room to dine comfortably.
Many will take down walls for an interflowing, all-in-one kitchen-dining-living room, says Chicago designer Scott Dresner. Keeping all areas open to one another offers another advantage: The space tends to look larger, says Chicago designer John Wiltgen, who’s found more of his clients, even those with traditional taste, seek this arrangement. One of his urban clients recently turned a 24-by-15-foot dining room into a combined kitchen-family room by removing a wall. “The kitchen was on the interior, so this also brightened the space, and the area became more equivalent to a family room found in a suburban home,” he says.
New home construction, which often indicates current buying trends, reveals that the living room could either disappear or merge with other rooms, according to a survey from the National Association of Home Builders about the 2015 new home. This is hardly surprising given that informal living and dining continues to gain fans, even among home owners residing in existing traditional houses, condominiums, and townhouses.
Some builders, architects, and real estate pros have said dining rooms are a thing of the past a relic of older homes, like avocado green kitchens and shag carpeting. Not so fast! Maybe dining rooms aren’t as passé as thought in recent years. While eliminating the concept of a room devoted only to traditional dining may appeal to more home owners, many still want to purchase a house with a separate dining space. The reason? It can work in a multitude of ways, depending on a family’s interests. There’s no single solution, says Rick Dent, a senior interior designer with Mathews Furniture Gallery in Atlanta, whose clients ask him to help furnish their dining rooms in a variety of ways.
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.
Tidiness is critical in tight spaces. Have all things in place and find the best way to make it not look smaller than it is now. If you want to have a cabinet to store and display your most prized dishes or other objects, incorporating a small showcase in the corner of the room and try to fit it perfectly with the style of decoration of the room.