The dining area is the one place where families get together to laugh, enjoy each others company, and recount the day’s events. These dining spots can be at the counter, at a nook within the kitchen area, or in a separate room (formal dining room). The choice of a dining area will depend on the size of your family and your family lifestyle.
The Dining and Kitchen room
It is a growing trend today to recapture the old custom of a dining and kitchen area in one, so as to produce an informal setting to the room. Thus, walls that once separated these rooms are removed and replaced with a peninsula that sometimes have columns at the end. As a result, the room opens up, appears larger and more welcoming. Above all, it offers additional seating options for the whole household.
Economic pressure has also produced the need for smaller homes and the elimination of the dining room altogether. The dining space is now located close to the living area and the kitchen. This placement can also be pleasing to a cook who can view guests and socialize from the kitchen, and to parents who can supervise their kids while the meal is being prepared.
Some kitchens are large enough to even accommodate a large dining table.
Dining Space Ideas
There are other ways a dining space can be incorporated into a kitchen and at the same time not intrude in the cooking tasks. Here are some examples.
There is much flexibility to get from an island because of its location and size. An in-kitchen dining experience can be a kitchen island converted to a dining place. This kitchen island can also be used as a workspace for the family as well, when not in use. This casual setting makes use of a few stools around a counter top.
The cabinetry in this kitchen emphasizes the separation between the kitchen and the dining area. This curved island controls movement (or traffic) and offers delightful dining for a family and even its guests.
The Breakfast Nook
A breakfast nook would make an attractive addition to a kitchen. This spot has a cozy feel with a full view of the outdoors. Such areas can also be defined with hanging lights or a chandelier.
A built-in dining nook can become a popular spot for the family. Also, if you want cushions like above, make allowances for them. You should allow 18″ to 20″ between the back cushion and the edge of the table. This dining nook is a breakfast nook and it has potential for a hidden place for the storage of seldom-used items. It also has a wonderful view to the outdoors as well. However, when a dining nook lacks windows, its walls can become an instant art gallery or area with shelves that has a couple of decorative kitchen items and cookbooks.
A sizable nook might accommodate a standard dining table. A dining alcove, like above, with a great view has a comforting feel. Keeping the area free from cabinetry can produce a dining area with a softer look. Also, cabinets of the kitchen area can be the transition tools between the kitchen and dining space. Finally, the windows and doors help make the space seem more sophisticated and open.
As we have seen, when the kitchen and dining areas are combined, there should be adequate light and ventilation by the dining space. The distance between the two areas should be convenient to allow diners to help themselves to the refrigerator and freezer. So, it is possible for dining areas to retain its separate identity and usefulness without actually being in a separate room. This is good news for the 2-bedroom and 3 bedroom houses.
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