I watch a lot of HGTV and Joanna and Chip Gaines are always giving their carpenter the task to build fabulous farmhouse tables for the decor in their client’s homes they have remodeled. This table isn’t quite as large as some of the ones you see on the show, but this is a great tutorial to use … Continue reading Make Your Very Own Quaint Farmhouse Table!
Another thing to think about is eliminating or relocating doorways that currently disrupt circulation. If you absolutely have to have multiple doorways in the kitchen, try to group them in one area to confine circulation to one or two routes. Another great rule of thumb to follow: Rooms that aren’t related to the kitchen shouldn’t connect to the kitchen.
The table and chairs act as the focal point of your dining room, but show the rest of your space some love, too. "Do something unexpected," advises Rachel Bliefnick, founder of the design blog This Is Our Bliss. "Give your ceiling an interesting paint treatment, or put punchy pillows on your dining chairs and then layer a bold rug over your existing one."
This living room is adorned by beautifully varnished wooden furniture, stylish glass and metal mantle pieces, a beautiful glass chandelier, and a classic geometric pattern area rug. Its polished hardwood floor matches the white walls and wainscoting and the tray ceiling above. The traditional aesthetic and the well-placed fireplace makes this room extremely homey and welcoming.
Today, open concept kitchens are used to instantly modernize homes, and create a more consistently functional space. Renovating your existing kitchen by opening it up is also a more cost-efficient option than adding on to your home, which many homeowners also choose to do. By opening the walls that surround the kitchen and “allowing the sightlines to expand beyond the kitchen, you create the perception of more space without the cost of creating more square footage”.
Schumacher's Chenonceau paper feels both modern and old-fashioned, with a pattern reminiscent of traditional paper-cutting. A round table by Ballard Designs softens the room's right angles; Crate & Barrel's white bentwood chairs provide contrast. The old curtains were the home-decor equivalent of a dowdy skirt that hits midcalf; new floor-length, linen drapes give the room elegance.
While a modern aesthetic will almost always compliment open concept kitchen designs, that doesn’t mean it’s your only option. Take a look at your current kitchen and dining room, and make note of what you like about them, design-wise. Is there a certain lighting fixture you absolutely love? A few antique pieces that add extra character? Choose to build around these elements in your new open concept space.
A decorative plaster-relief embossed ceiling is asking to be embellished with way off the beaten path lighting. In this room, it is wood tender blocks with blue glass jars hanging from different sized metal rods. The look of the room is open and clean and sharply-refined, with a large dark wood butcher block island with open shelves and cross back chairs.
Smaller spaces such as this one, when laid out and styled intelligently, can still be made to be good examples of dining room design. This coastal style dining room employs wooden floorboards, bleached lumber and wood for the dining table and chairs, as well as carved wood for the side tables in the room. A navy color palette of white wainscoting and molding on blue wallpaper also really sets the tone for the space.
A shadowbox filled with small mugs and tiny bottles provides a lovely backdrop in this character-driven eat-in living area. Flour boards, crates, cloche bells, tin buckets, and glass jars make excellent décor items for the refinished cabinet top, and an old dough mixer completes the look when filled with metal or glass plant holders filled with lush green plants.
This particular example has a more traditional look to it and employs an open layout, sharing its space with the adjacent kitchen. The use of French cabinet doors really opens up the room and puts on display the owner’s collection of fine porcelain. Smart use of a coffered ceiling and industrial chandelier rounds out the room’s aesthetic quite well.
Liven up your space by featuring pretty prints on rugs, window treatments, pillows nad more. Block print dhurrie rugs can command a pretty penny. To get the look for less, use a pretty wall stencil to apply a pattern to a large piece of artist canvas or drop cloth with a foam stencil brush. For an 8' by 10' rug, you'll need about a quart of standard interior paint in a satin finish. Wash stencil every other use to keep paint from clumping and elaving unwanted marks on the rug.