Dining Room Ideas to Make the Most of Your Space
By Shafiya Nawzer
While a small dining room may appear to have limited potential, there is actually a lot you can do to create a stylish and practical space that will impress family and guests alike. Whether you have a separate dining room or just a little corner in your kitchen or living area, these tips will transform your room and make every mealtime feel special.
Turn a small dining room into an inviting gathering space with these no-fail design tips and tricks. It’s never easy finding ways to maximise space, but just because your dining room is small doesn’t mean it has to cramp your style.
Think big by adopting practical decorating ideas that can fill your small dining room with loads of charm. These small dining room ideas will make your space look larger, help the flow of traffic, and increase storage in a small footprint.
Draw attention away from your limited square footage by dressing your table with a brightly coloured tablecloth. It’s also a sure-fire way to mask stains.
Small spaces present the perfect opportunity to go bold with the pattern. Hang wallpaper to create a focal point in your small dining room.
Consider painting your walls a darker shade for a moodier, more formal, and intimate atmosphere. Complimentary seat cushions add an extra highlight; add some cane and wood accents for contrast.
Enhance your space
To enhance the beauty of a space, work with raw materials like concrete, jute, and wood, and keep those beams exposed. An abstract painting in light clay tones elevates the dining nook even more.
Dinner for two
If you don’t have the space for a large dining table, around the bistro-style table is a chic and practical choice for couples and smaller families. The round table and upholstered dining chairs look extra-stylish topped with fresh flowers and candles.
Try dining benches
Benches are a great space-saver in smaller dining rooms. Not only will they comfortably seat guests, but they can also be tucked away under the table after use, so they don’t take up valuable floor space.
Even if you don’t have space for a separate dining room, you can still create a place to eat within even the smallest of kitchens if you think outside the box. A floating shelf can double up as a breakfast bar/dining table; just pull up bar stools and you have a new place to eat.
Mirrors can help a cosy space feel much brighter. Hang your favourites (flea market finds count) behind your dining set to allow light to bounce around the space.
When it comes to lighting, the bolder, the better. A simple gold globe pendant can pull your cosy dining space together in an instant.
Large wooden tables are a classic dining room staple, but if you want to inspire creativity, opt for a painted one. Splatter paint sets the free-spirited scene, while a storage wall ensures order and organisation.
Don’t be afraid of colour
A statement wall or ceiling in a fun, on-trend colour is a great way to keep things fresh and interesting. Contrast with rustic pieces and traditional barrel chairs.
Arrange around the art
Ample storage space is key to both the form and function of any dining room. Opt for a spacious buffet for both extra surface room for serving and decor display, as well as internal drawers for plating and silverware. Matches it to dining table and draws our focus to the artwork above.
Opt for an extendable table
Investing in some quality yet functional furniture is a must for small dining rooms. An extendable dining table is ideal for hosting dinner parties and can be made smaller to save space when it isn’t needed. Likewise, stackable dining chairs can be stored away neatly when not in use.
Get savvy with your space
Don’t let a small dining room limit you; utilise every inch of space by adding wall-mounted shelving units and storage where you can display plants, ornaments, or simply store condiments like salt, pepper and sauces.
Dine by the window
Make use of a bay window by transforming it into a dining area. A round table fits perfectly in this space and has the added benefit of filling the area with natural light, helping to make it feel bigger.
Think outside the box
Even if you don’t have a spare room or space in the kitchen to use as a dining area, it may well be possible to create one elsewhere. Think outside the box and you could make use of another area of your home, such as a large hallway, for a unique dining room.
Dinner table sectional
Create the perfect dining spot by tucking a square table and a sectional in the corner of your kitchen. This laid-back arrangement can also serve as a homework station for kids.
Pair classic with bold wall colours to breathe life into your small dining room.
Whether you choose to frame postcards, flea market finds, or pieces you inherited from a family member, art is a great solution for a small dining space.
Choose interesting chairs
When you’re working within a neutral colour scheme but still want to take design risks in the dining room, curate your furniture wisely. Something structurally unique will do the trick.
Strive for form and function
When your formal dining room is also your everyday dining area, invest in pieces that fuse form and function. This built-in banquette is cosy and comfortable, but it also looks dressy. The same is true for beautiful barrel chairs. And unusual lighting and wallpaper are easy ways to add character without taking up surface space.
Keep it cosy
When you don’t have a ton of space for a long dining table, opt for something round. It’s easier to slide an extra chair up when guests are over, and it inspires good conversation. Bring the circle motif to life with a spherical pendant light.
Strike a balance
Blush tones and turquoise work well together in this modern dining room. The black accents sharpen up the whimsical elements, like the gorgeous pendant and wall art.