Many of today’s home doesn’t have a separate room for dining unlike how it used to be over half a century (and beyond) ago. This is not unconnected with the fact that downsized living has become the norm rather than the exception.
Dining areas have become a part of the living room, an off-shoot from the sitting room where we live, entertain, watch TV, and curl up to read or work on our laptops.
But as living spaces grow smaller, how do you carve out a distinctly elegant dining space from a room that’s hardly large enough to serve two functions?
Get the right size that fits within the scale of the room. You don’t place bulky looking dining sets in a small space. Rather, you’ll need to consider using a nice sleek set with a counter high table that serves other functions – for instance, storage base for dining plates/cutlery, a small drinks rack, or a space to stow away table napkins, cloths, and placemats.
Counter height dining tables work well and look good in small spaces. Firstly, its extra height affords it a great view of the space. It doesn’t just ‘sit’ there as a necessary appendage to other items of furniture.
Secondly, the table height complements the lower furniture items – the sofa, chairs, and coffee/side tables. So if your dining area is set towards the back of the room, the dining set will stand tall and elegant, rising above the rest and forming a truly pronounced backdrop.
Lastly, counter height dining adds a classic touch to your décor in that it gives a different feel, not unlike how it feels when you dine out. You’d rather sit at this table to eat than plonk down in the sofa for a meal that deserves to be served out better.
These tables are also perfect for breakfast nooks and patios and will ‘amplify’ the modern/contemporary look of a kitchen that has ample space that’s enough for a breakfast nook.
Counter height dining table sets are also perfect as room dividers in an open floor plan . . . for example, a form of decorative partition to separate the living area from the kitchen. In this instance, the table will complete the divider decor look when paired with modern bar stools.7 Room Partition Ideas - Room Dividers
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