Make your dining room work harder

The dining room should no longer be a room only used for high days and holidays. Make your dining room more relevant with multitasking ideas

The modern dining room has evolved beyond its traditional purpose into a multitasking space that should work hard. No longer kept as a dusty little-used room for formal eating, the dining room in many houses needs to be reconsidered and remodelled to fit into modern life.

With so many of today’s householders opting for larger kitchens the amount of time spent in dining rooms lessens and, if the space is not optimized, they can become an irrelevant hangup of a bygone age.

If diner parties and formal dining are still on your agenda you will obviously not want to sacrifice your best entertaining space. But for quieter times you may be surprised at the extent to which, with a bit of imagination and resourcefulness, you can use your dining room.

Charlie Marshall, the Founder of Loaf has some observations about
the way his customers are treating the dining room, “More of us are
knocking down the walls in favour of open plan living so the boundaries
between formal rooms and defined spaces have become blurred. This call
for flexibility is seen in how we’re using and furnishing our rooms too.
Open plan living/dining/kitchen setups accommodate our busy,
multitasking lives more easily. This is especially true of those compact homes that need to work their hardest in terms of function,
looks and comfort.”

Modern dining

A great example of a modern dining space, this room has used discreet modular storage to achieve the most of the space. The space serves equally as a working area and entertaining space. The easy access to the garden means that rather than being a forgotten room, the dining space is constantly busy and relevant.

An extendable round dining table is a space saver for quiet days but can accommodate several more hungry mouths when entertaining. Both Loaf and Laura Ashley have classical looking round tables that add enduring elegance to a dining room. Square tables with dropped leaves are suitable for smaller dining rooms and serve as good desks. If you have a larger space Loaf’s Homer dining table extends from 180cm to a roomy 240cm with its hidden extendable leaf.

Recessed walls can be used to maximum effect in the modern dining room. Here the dining room multitasks as storage for music and books.

A plant divider keeps the living and dining room space separate but socially connected.

Great use of a mirror maximizes the sense of space in this Mediterranean dining room white the bench and chair combination playfully mixes the formal and casual.

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