Contemporary dining rooms – 10 of the best

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For many of us, our dining room is often combined in an open-plan setting with a kitchen or living area, which can make it difficult to define the space with it’s own unique style or design. Those people who are lucky enough to have a separate dining room are often faced with the opposite and can overlook the space because it is used fairly infrequently. However, if you can make your dining room or dining room area an inviting but practical place to eat with friends and family, you’ll have no excuse but to make the most of it and become the perfect host.

Your choice of dining table and chairs is a good place to start, as you need to ensure they don’t dominate the space. Think about the number of people you expect to seat regularly  – the perfect size for a dining table allows an intimate meal without feeling crowded. A round table is a great choice as it is very sociable and leaves plenty of room for serving food, but a rectangular table is more flexible for seating extra guests at either end. If you’re after versatility, drop leaf or extendable dining tables are the most convenient option. To add a contemporary, informal feel, a selection of mismatched chairs in different materials such as plastic and metal is a great option, or for a relaxed dining experience, you could even opt for a full length bench.

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