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Looking to turn your dining room into the perfect space to enjoy meals together?

Everyone's home is different and unique, but they all have one thing in common: the dining room is a space where the family gathers around to enjoy meals together and create new memories. It's where you catch up on each other's day. It's where you create family traditions on holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving. But just as every home is unique, so is the way each homeowner designs their dining area.

If you're looking to make a change to your dining area, here are five ways you can do just that:

1. Mix Seating Arrangements

Whoever said that you need the same chairs all around the dining table? Redesigning the dining room is a great time to get creative and play with different seating arrangements, for example, a bench on one side of the table with traditional chairs on the other side. This is an upgrade that can transform your room into a high-end, modern, yet simple space. It's also a great fix for those who have a rather small dining room. If you need to create more space, the bench can be pushed to the wall or under the table. Many benches also come with storage compartments to help maximize your small space even more.




2. Add Warmth with Florals

There's something about fresh flower bouquets that make a dining room feel warm and cozy. They look and smell great and come in a variety of colours that you can play around with. But flowers don't just have to sit on the table in a vase. Floral designs can be added in your furniture fabric, on your curtains, or in artwork displayed around the room. Wherever you decide to include floral designs in your new dining space, it will add a sense of comfort, soften the ambience, and really pull the room together.

3. Make the Most of your Small Dining Area

Dining areas come in all shapes and sizes, but so do tables! If you are not sure what to do with a small dining area, consider purchasing a drop-leaf dining table. These tables are specifically designed with flexibility and comfort in mind as they come with hinged sections on either side of the table that can be dropped. Now, you can use it as a cozy work desk or as the perfect extended dining table when guests are over. When it's folded, put the extra chairs away to create more space.



4. Pull Inspiration From Live Edge Furniture

Live edge furniture has become a very popular trend and it's easy to see why. It incorporates the natural edge of the wood as you would see it in nature, and some makers even keep the holes and cracks to make it more unique. This is the perfect opportunity for you to bring nature into your home and let it inspire you. Whether you purchase a live edge bench or a table, you will find them very versatile. They pair perfectly with wood or upholstered chairs, and accents with brass or chrome. To showcase the natural grain of the wood and to turn the table into a focus area, fill the room with minimalist decor that pulls the area together like a few candles, a bouquet of flowers, or holiday decorations.

5. Utilise Large Spaces with Cabinetry

If your dining area is a bit on the larger side, why not use cabinets to fill in space and maximise your storage at the same time? Cabinets come in all shapes, colours, sizes and varieties, such as a wine cabinet, bar cabinet, or credenza. Credenzas, typically made from wood to add a vintage yet modern look to your room, can be a way to decorate your dining area with accents, use for storage, and help hold food trays for buffet-style meals. If you prefer wine or bar cabinets, these can add the same effect, and more.

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