A spacious dining room was considered a necessity in older homes. However, today the emphasis has moved toward allotting more space for the family room as well as other activity specific areas. The amount of space devoted entirely to eating is shrinking. Meet the challenge of making sure that your eating space is functional and attractive no matter what size it is which will in turn keep your family happy and healthy.
Evaluate where you eat now and see if there are ways to improve it. Is the seating comfortable? Does the table fit the area and is it the right type of table for your needs? Space-saving tables include drop-leaf tables that fold down when not in use. You may be able to get by with a smaller table if you have a nearby surface from which to serve food. Round tables will generally provide room for more people in less space than other shaped tables.
A slim table in a living room may offer an ideal place for a meal. A comfortable settee that is part of the regular seating of the room can be used for seating as well as a couple of living room chairs pulled up to the other side of the table. You instantly have an attractive and functional dining place for four people.
When shopping for a dining table, consider the shape of the table. Square and round tables are more equal in width and length. Rectangular tables are longer in length than width. Round and square tables fit most anywhere. Rectangular tables fit very nicely against a wall which allows for better “traffic flow” in the area.
Dress up the dining room table with pretty table linens. If you own a beautiful table, then show it off! If your dining table is unattractive, cover it with a beautiful damask or linen tablecloth and no one will know how it looks underneath.
When you entertain guests, remember that 90% of the success of a meal lies in its presentation. Keep that in mind when selecting the table linens, napkins, plates, silverware, and serving dishes as well as the favorite food dishes you are going to serve.
Formal table setting are always appropriate but not necessary. You can set an eye-catching table and still stay within your budget. One decorating idea is to collect glasses in one color theme combining antique styles with modern styles to unify the look. They will look great in a dining room of any size.