The dining room is a sacred space often loaded with nostalgia and happy memories of Sunday lunches or holiday get-togethers. We come to the table for the meal, but we leave with more than a belly full of food; our hearts are bursting with love and sentiment too from the many laughs and compelling conversations.
While a formal dining room works well for many people, not everyone needs this extra space for eating. So what to do with all that space? Check out these fun and fresh dining room ideas, get inspired and create a space that’s all your own.
Bar and Lounge
Use your dining room space to set up a handsome wooden bar or bar cart and stock it with your favorites. If you have the space, create a relaxed seating area with a couch or a couple of accent chairs. For that speakeasy look, go for a dark, romantic color palette, with classic, polished details such as pendant lamps, dark walls and metallic-framed wall art.
Whether it’s yoga, meditation or just curling up with a great book, you can create a tranquil space dedicated to all things calm. Start with soft lighting, add some floor cushions in a corner, plenty of plants and some lovely scented candles to fill the space with warmth, comfort and beauty.
Let’s face it: not everybody these days has an extra room to create a standalone home office. If you host guests frequently, combining a guest room and home-office might not be the best call either. Instead, carve out some space for a home office in the dining room. If you’ve already got a fabulous dining set, make the most of it and use it as your desk. You can easily tuck away a small cabinet for files and office equipment in another corner of a room. If you have a little extra space to spare, you can add a wall desk or secretary desk so your office is there when you need it, and neatly tucked out of the way when you don’t.
Give your home some classic sophistication and a refined ambiance by creating a dedicated space for reading in your dining room. All it takes is a comfy armchair or couch, and you can add extra storage with wall shelves to hold all of your best-loved books. If you have the space, add a shelving unit and make a cozy reading nook by the window, using a window seat or a tufted leather loveseat – and an extra snuggly throw blanket. Then all that’s left is to curl up with a good book.
Kids’ Activity Room
If your home doesn’t already have a dedicated playroom for the kids, let them take over the dining room (with your guidance, of course). You can set up some shelves or cabinets for art supplies, toys, puzzles and games and bring in a kid-sized table for them to work at. If you want to encourage your kids to spend time away from the glow of a computer, tablet or TV screen, you can dedicate the new playroom to all-analog activities.
Do you have a tip for creating an elegant and engaging dining room? Share with us in the comments!