The Return of the Dining Room

The Return of the Dining Room

Trestle Collection, Image: Toll Brothers

Sure, a homeowner still technically needed a formal dining room as part of their house plan for re-sale value. However, the average family seemed to be only using this space during a few special occasions – such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and a handful of other holidays or times for celebration – and then ignoring it for the rest of the year.

Additionally, with the popularity of breakfast nooks and kitchen islands, more families were happy to repurpose dining rooms to use for other activities – playrooms, home offices and libraries.

But it seems that the dining room could be making a comeback in homes across America.

As we continue to incorporate access to social media channels, entire television seasons and 24-hour news cycles into our daily lives, there’s an increasing desire for us to have a space where we can use to just “unplug” and connect with friends and family on an intimate level.

Could a dining room offer a place that sparks conversation, while temporary shielding us from accessing our smart phones? We think so!

Caress Collection, Image: West Point Homes

Color
Use colors that you naturally gravitate towards. Hues that make you happy, calm or energized will allow you to spend several hours enjoying different topics of discussion.

Tip
A neutral color palette is gaining momentum in the residential design world – especially in dining room spaces. Most people feel comfortable in neutral settings and find it easy to live with.
Caress Collection, Image: Dostie Homes
Materials
A confluence of materials – forged iron, polished wood, pottery and glass – can reside in harmony. The range also provides desirable contrast in texture and finish.

Tip
Incorporate a variety of textures and materials in home accents for the dining room. Make things as comfortable as possible – you want your guests to linger!
Proportions
ATake note of the room’s natural framework. The proportions of the space will create a frame for your furniture and accessories – and ultimately, for your guest’s experiences.

Tip
Rectangular farmhouse dining tables are a popular choice for accommodating family-style meals, as well as engaging dinner parties.

Status Collection, Image: Susan Wilson Interiors, Stephen Alexander Homes