Dining areas vary from large formal rooms to small alcoves, and a comfortable dining room is one that meets your daily needs, as well as those of your guests. Practical furniture and proper furniture arrangement with appropriate serving space are key essentials that you can use to create a functional dining space. Add your decorative style, and you can make the most of your dining room, creating a space that is functional and aesthetically pleasing.
1. The Proper Table
Your table should accommodate the people using the area regularly, as well as potential guests. Choose a table that sets the desired tone for the room. Square tables and round tables suggest a more informal environment, as there is not a position for the head of the table. Long rectangular tables, and even oval tables, suggest more formality.
2. Furniture Arrangement and Serving Space
In arranging your dining room furniture, remember to leave sufficient space for chairs to be pushed back, as well as room to serve guests comfortably. Since dining space is often adjacent to the kitchen, arrange your furniture for convenience.
Buffets, side tables, and other furniture should be arranged based upon how you naturally use your dining area. For instance, if you store serving platters and glassware in the side table, you should consider placing your side table on the wall nearest the kitchen, for convenience.
3. Aesthetic Appeal
Making the most of your dining room involves creating a functional space and a dining area that is aesthetically pleasing. Knowing the overall style you wish to portray in your dining room allows you to display furniture and accessories that are consistent with that image. For instance, informal rooms are most often associated with warm colors, whereas cool colors suggest more formality. Displaying tablecloths, accent vases, and other accessories that are consistent with your overall theme adds to the aesthetic appeal of the room, therefore making the most of your dining room.