Many of today’s homes are small. Nevertheless, you can still create wonderful spaces in your home for entertaining your family and friends. Your next project for your home could be a dining space. It may seem difficult but with enough planning, it can be done. You can make the most of the area that you have. Here are some design ideas and modern dining room sets for small spaces. Let’s take a look at the first step. Keep in mind that we have modern furniture guides for small living room spaces, as well as small outdoor spaces too.
Defining Your Dining Space
Before anything else, you have to first define where your dining space will be. It may be a part of a bigger area like the living room or kitchen so you’d want to have some clear definitions for that particular space. When you do this, the purpose and function of that area will be much clearer and doing your dining room project will be easier as well.
There are different ways to define the dining space. It could be as simple as adding lighting fixtures above it. You can also place a rug under your dining table. These are some of the things that you can do, and then you are ready to place a dining set of your choosing. Some people choose to mix modern and traditional furniture. This is a design choice commonly done in the living room, that could also be applied to the kitchen.
Choose Bright Colors
To make your dining space look more modern, you can paint bright colors on the walls. Another option is to choose throw pillows, cushions, and art work that have lively colors. This does not only brighten up your dining area but it will also create the illusion of space. Darker colors look more solid and you’d feel enclosed. Smaller spaces will benefit more from lighter colors.
Select Light Furniture Pieces
One of the first things to consider is the proportion of your dining room set to the size of the area where you’ll designate the dining space. Ideally, it should not be too big that the space will look cramped. The best choice would be one that has just the right size for the area.
For small homes, you can get light furniture pieces. When we say “light,” it does not mean its literal weight, but rather its visual weight. Choose pieces with legs so that light can shine through the chairs and tables. It is better for small spaces compared to ones that are closed off because visually, they seem to take up more space.
Choosing Dining Furniture
A small dining space may not be able to accommodate the more traditional dining layout. This kind of dining set would mean getting a long table with chairs lined on each side. You don’t have to limit yourself to that design. With a smaller space, you have more freedom to choose how your dining space will look like.
If the only area available for the dining space is a corner of the room, you may choose a round table instead. Or if you can put a small rectangular table, you can use benches instead of dining chairs. It will free up a lot of space and can accommodate more people. You can also tuck them away when you’re not using them so they won’t occupy the floor space. Another option is to get seating with storage functions so that you can put in some of your things.
Keep the Space Cozy
With dining areas, what you have to remember is that they are spaces where people can sit and chat while having a hearty meal. This kind of intimacy comes natural with small spaces so the best thing to do is to take advantage of that. With a bit of effort, you can make your dining area more cozy and conducive for long talks with good friends.
To do this, you can bring in cushions and place them on the chairs or benches. Throw pillows can also add charm to the space. Also, you can get yourself some good wall art that has a soothing and relaxing effect. Do the same when choosing your table centerpiece. It would be a space in your home that you’d be proud of.
Windows or Mirrors will do Wonders
If you can, place your dining furniture by the window. The open space outside will make your dining area look much bigger. It will also let natural light in, and this helps a lot in making the area look airy and spacious.
In case dining by a window is not possible, you can hang big mirrors instead of artworks. This will also do the trick in making your dining area look bigger. In fact, you can do this in any space and it will give the illusion of space. The light will bounce on this mirrors and make the dining area look brighter as well.
Only Get What You Need
You don’t have to get a full dining set to feel that you have a dining room. If you live alone, you can make do of your breakfast nook instead. You don’t need a separate dining set. Also, if you don’t entertain guests too often, there’s also no reason for you to get a four or six-seat dining set.
Only purchase what you need. Carefully assess the size of your home and if you really need to get a dining set. Of course, having one is ideal. But if you only live alone or with your roommate or partner, it’s enough to get a two-seat dining set. You can just get a foldable table and benches that you can use when you have friends over and then store them or tuck them away when not in use.
There are many options to choose from when it comes to modern dining room sets for small spaces. What’s nice about the modern style is that furniture pieces are visually lighter and minimalist. It is truly the kind of style fit for smaller dining areas. Do take note of the design tips we’ve shared so that you can make the most of your home’s spaces.