Today’s dining room is witnessing a lot of functional changes. More families are opting out of the traditional use of a dining room and living room.
Excitedly, this space is now open for reinterpretation. Prioritizing, based on the families needs is the first method to determining its new function.
What is the first step in determining if your dining room should be used for other purposes?
It’s important to determine how the dining room is currently being used and how you would like to use the room. Some homeowners have a clear vision that makes it easier to find a solution, while others need help understanding how the space can be best utilized.
It’s very important to clearly define all the rooms within a home so that each room has a purpose and functions accordingly.
How can you make the dining room a transitional space for other activities, such as reading or working?
Round tables, intimately scaled, with comfortable upholstered chairs, certainly help to promote conversation in a relaxed atmosphere. This creates a hub for playing games, doing homework, socializing with friends and, of course, dining.
Other elements that transition a formal dining space to an everyday space is hanging fun, oversized artwork or a collage of smaller prints on focal walls, installing built-in or freestanding bookcases filled with your favorite reading materials, and if space permits, positioning a small but comfortable chaise or chair and ottoman will further create a mood conducive to reading or socializing.
All the lighting should be put on dimmers and make sure there is at least one floor lamp in the room to suit smaller tasks.
What are some suggestions for clients who like to watch TV and enjoy meals at the same time?
To reconnect with the family, it’s important to reserve time whenever possible to have meals without the TV on. That being said, there are some design strategies that can be employed. Tuck away a small flat screen in a cabinet or behind art so that it can be your family’s little indulgence during meals.
There are some great products out there that can reveal a television from plain view with the flip of a remote. They are pricey but may be well worth it for your family.