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So, what’s hot this week? Well, it seems kitchen-diners are taking centre stage, with a flurry of beautiful dining spaces being uploaded to the site. Be inspired by these designs and share your thoughts in the Comments below.
Boost your numbers with a bench
This compact kitchen-diner is a lovely example of how to include a dining table in a small area. A set of six chairs would have taken up all of the available floor space, but two slim benches are a great way to maximise the seating area, allowing extra guests to be squeezed in and tucking away neatly when not in use.
Create a booth
This kitchen has a fun, American-diner feel thanks to the seating booth cleverly built into the back of the L-shaped island. It’s a neat design that makes the most of the available space and creates a cosy, clearly defined eating area in the open-plan room. Pendant lighting above the table also zones the spot nicely.
Rustle up some throws
This dining area in an open-plan barn conversion has a lovely Scandi vibe thanks to the combination of natural wood with cosy sheepskin throws and velvet cushions. The built-in bench provides relaxed seating and, with the addition of a few extra cushions, could double up as a second sofa in the open-plan space.
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Opt for oval
This marble-topped oval Saarinen table teamed with Tulip chairs is an elegant addition to this open-plan kitchen-diner. The light colour, curved edges and central supporting column make it a discreet choice that can be tucked against a wall when floor space is needed, then brought forwards as required.
Zone your space
If space allows, why not zone one large room into both casual and formal dining spaces. This colourful, contemporary space is a great example of how to include both, thanks to a formal dining table with low, comfortable chairs, and a more relaxed breakfast bar at the end of the central island for relaxed dining, working or chatting.
Thinking about revamping your kitchen, too? Take a look at these ideas for creating a clutter-free and multi-functional cookspace
Place a table under a skylight
A side return extension like this one is a common sight in Victorian homes. Here, the owners have made the most of its large skylights by placing a dining area directly underneath them to bathe diners in sunlight.
If you don’t have skylights, the same effect can be achieved with targeted pendant lighting overhead or an arched floor lamp to wash the table in an ambient glow.
Breakfast bars don’t have to be just for rushed snacks. If your kitchen island also doubles up as your eating area, make it as comfortable as possible with upholstered stools like these and turn a quick meal into an occasion. The black legs and curved shapes of these stools add a shot of glamour to this chic grey kitchen.
Personalise your dining experience
This minimalist kitchen has been given a personal touch thanks to an eclectic mix of dining chairs, the characterful patina bringing life to the contemporary space.
Finding vintage furniture can be a fun adventure, too. Whether you track down an item at a car-boot sale, haggle for it at an antiques fair or discover it online, the search can be part of the fun and each chair will have its own story to bring to the table.
Are you inspired to give your dining area a new look? Share your thoughts and ideas in the Comments below.