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The dining room is more than just a place to eat. It’s where friends gather for birthdays, holidays and dinner parties. It’s where families celebrate the good and move past the bad. As the heart of the home, the dining room requires special attention when choosing furniture and decor.
Start by shopping for dining tables. If you have a large family or entertain on a regular basis, you’ll want to choose a dining table that seats eight to ten guests. Short on space? Consider extension dining tables that are sized smaller for everyday meals but grow to accommodate more guests for special occasions. Now it’s time to choose seating. Using matching chairs achieves a more formal look, while combining chairs and benches makes for a more relaxed aesthetic. If your style is more eclectic, choose chairs with similar shapes and styles but in different colors. This creates the coveted quirky-yet-cohesive look found in home decor magazines.
Another thing to consider when choosing a dining table is height. You can achieve a relaxed and much less stuffy look with bar or counter height kitchen and dining sets. Just keep in mind that not everyone is comfortable sitting on bar and counter stools. Young children and people with limited mobility might have difficulty climbing on and off the taller stools. That said, kitchen and dining sets with bar and counter height designs are a trendy and highly fashionable choice for those with no qualms about sitting on higher stools.
Last, but certainly not least, be sure to consider dining room storage. Whether you need a buffet and hutch to display heirloom China, or a server with built-in wine racks and drawers for silverware, there’s a solution for your storage needs. Many dining tables have coordinating storage pieces, making it easier than ever to design a beautiful—and practical—dining room.
For more tips and tricks, check out the dining room inspiration articles on our blog. There, you’ll find inspiration for decorating your entire home.
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