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.


DO pay special attention to the transition zone. Once the kitchen is opened up, you can customize the opening depending on how you wish to treat the transition from the kitchen to the adjoining space. For example, if you remove a wall to connect the kitchen with another room, part of the newly enlarged space can be dedicated to food preparation and part to eating, socializing, reading, or watching TV – that’s the beauty of an open concept kitchen.
A modern take on stylish urban living, this formal dining room uses full-length floor to ceiling glass windows to provide amazing city views. A large solid surface dining table graces the floor along with white leather dining chairs, a stylish hung art piece, and beautiful modern chandeliers. The dark wood flooring is also a good contrast to the white of the room.
A golden glow almost emanates from this luxury formal dining room design. The wooden dining table, upholstered brown dining chairs, and the arranged golden tabletop décor match the area rug, wood plank flooring, beige walls, and golden tray ceiling. The hanging chandelier tops it all off with its warm lighting. Visit our gallery featuring dining room lighting ideas to see a variety of light fixtures and styles.
The classy wooden dining table finds a good match with the leather and velvet upholstered dining chairs surrounding it; the Persian area rug, wrought iron candle holders and wooden side console all match the aesthetic of the room. The clay floor tiles, white fireplace and mantle, and exposed wooden beams of the ceiling really create a sophisticated and rich ambiance in this formal dining room.
The open plan of this luxury dining room keeps the space bright and undeniably roomy. The polished marble flooring, white walls and numerous surrounding floor to ceiling windows, and brightly lit tray ceiling also all help with keeping the dining room feeling spacious. The choice of a long dark wood dining table and faux alligator skin upholstered chairs are also nice touches.
General stores are a reminder of warm cozy days gone by. As a theory for room décor, those memories return full on by design. One-dimensional wall hangings, an antique-looking corner buffet with drawers, straight back accent chair, and mesh wire centerpiece with shadow box holder and a tin tub accent evokes memories of pies baking, noses twitching, and mouths watering.
There are also a number of health and wellness related benefits that accompany opening up a kitchen into a dining room. For example, open concept kitchens generally create more natural light in the home, which helps to improve mood and productivity. Plus, the lack of walls will help facilitate more social interaction between family members, which can lead to better communication and relationships in the home.
With Far Eastern elements and artistic ideas of rustic country designs comes an eclectic and emerging “junkyard” type of dining area. The true charm of this room, besides the hardy butcher-block type dining table, is the onyx pipe-metal lighting overhang, the two-door glass bureau buffet, and the ‘not-exactly-matching’ armless parsons and round back chairs, roughly unfinished but uniquely complete.
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DO direct traffic away from work areas. A common problem suffered by small kitchens is too many circulation routes, which, in turn, disrupts the primary activity areas, such as the sink, stovetop, and dishwasher. And with all that overly used space in the kitchen, the dining room suffers from lack of use. Combining the kitchen and the dining rooms into one spacious family room/kitchen is a much better choice for a formal lifestyle. Plus, by opening up the kitchen to the dining room, you can easily direct traffic away from high traffic areas in the kitchen, and maximize efficiency.
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