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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 13:53

Stylish Dining in an Open Floor Plan

For many families, having a formal dining room is a thing of the past. With the popularity of the open floor plan comes the need for a dining space that has a more casual approach and can blend seamlessly with the rest of the home. While it's important to define spaces in an open floor plan the overall look should flow from one area to the next. Here are five ways to add style to your open dining space while creating a cohesive look throughout your home.

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Kincaid

Start by choosing the right pieces. If you're having trouble blending finishes with existing furniture then opt for upholstered seating. A basic linen softens the space and works with everything, creating a seamless transition to a living space or seating area.

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Riverside

Style your china cabinet with more than a display of dishes. Stacked dishes give off a casual vibe. Pop in artwork and decorative pieces to add color. Pull inspiration from colors and fabrics in the spaces around it and finish with some greenery or fresh flowers.
  

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Kincaid

Open up the space. If you have a china cabinet that just feels too big or too formal try removing the top and using only the base. Hang a gallery wall of artwork above it for a less structured look. The space will instantly feel more relaxed and become more like an extension of the space around it.  

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Kincaid

Add flow with lighting. Replace standard light fixtures with statement-making chandeliers that complement the style in the overall space. Hanging different but coordinating lighting helps pull each area together while giving each space its own look.

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Vaughan-Bassett

Mix materials. When you combine elements such as metal and wood it feels less like a matching set and more like a collected grouping, making it blend with easily with other pieces in the home. A wood sideboard with a metal hutch or a table with a wood top and metal base are both easy options.

With these simple tips, you can create a distinct style in your dining space, even with an open floor plan. Visit our showroom for more interior design tips that we can customize specifically for you and your home.

 

Published in Dining Room Furniture
Monday, 28 September 2015 16:55

The Well Designed Dining Space

When a dining space is well designed, it will serve your home and family well. That space might be a designated dining room or an open floor plan with an eat-in kitchen. What’s important is that you choose the right pieces for how you want the space to function and create a dining area that’s both comfortable and stylish so that you can make the most of every meal.

 

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If you like to entertain, then consider café style seating. It’s cozy, intimate, and comfortable. These tufted benches work well wrapped around a pedestal table or against a large window. Use an “L” shape and combine it with a pair of pretty chairs, or simply mix a small bench in on one side of the table.

 

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A round pedestal table is always a great option, especially in a square space or an area with a bay window. Chair legs won’t bump into table legs, and there’s plenty of room to squeeze in extra chairs for guests. A round table also makes for easy conversation with anyone at the table.

 

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Riverside

Sometimes the dinner table is the hub of the home. In that case, choose a table made with heavy duty materials for worry free use. This one features a concrete top which means it can stand up to lots of use. School projects and dinner parties will be no match for this hardworking material. Plus it adds another texture to the space, and that always makes a room more interesting.

 

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If you often have last minute dinner parties, then choose a table that’s easily adjusted to accommodate more people. This table features self-storing refectory leaves. They’re attached to the table at both ends and are easily pulled out to allow for four more chairs. Bonus: you never have to find a place to store the leaves, since they’re always attached to the table!

 

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Riverside

Think about your storage needs. If you have a lot of dishes to display, then go with a china cabinet. If you prefer to have casual dinners with easy access to things while you’re dining, then go with a sideboard. Not only can items be stored out of sight but you can keep side dishes and wine bottles within reach for casual and comfortable dinners.

 

Your dining space should be designed with function and style. Consider how you use it, don’t be afraid to mix and match pieces, and layer textures for a chic look.

Published in Dining Room Furniture