My husband and I just purchased our first home and neither of us are that great at interior design or decorating. The kitchen sits just behind a formal dining room/living room with a fire place and the formal front door (side entrance will probably be used more though). I worry we won't use this formal dining room at all (and we don't really have the space to waste). I'm tempted to knock down the wall between the kitchen and dining room and expand the kitchen with maybe an island or peninsula where the wall was? I'd also like to do something to "show off" or use the fireplace... Could I have the area open with a couch around the fireplace yet the rest of the room be a large kitchen? Do I really need a kitchen table if we have a nice island? Would I carry the same paint/colors through the room? Would a half wall/breakfast bar idea work better?? Really any ideas would be great. I'm at a loss. If we take the wall I want to do it before we move in. I know suggestions may be to live in it first but with the mess that comes with it I'd rather not.