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Dining Rooms 127 Ideabooks

Living rooms get a lot of attention, but a dining room that suits your style and fits your needs can make each day a bit richer. So why not give yours a little extra love? If you haven't been using your dining room, it could be that setting it up properly will inspire you to dine there more often. And if sit-down dinners...
Room of the Day: Warhol Rocks a 19th-Century Dining Room
Interior designer John K. Anderson can say with almost certainty that before he came along, Andy Warhol’s work had never graced the once-rarified dining room of this 1896 San Francisco...
Discover Your Dining Table Style
Creating a spectacular dining room starts with the perfect table. There are so many designs out there, it's hard to know where to begin. Let's break it down to help you find the right shape, size, material and style for you.
Buffet, Sideboard, Server, Credenza: What's the Difference?
Pop quiz: What do you call a relatively long, low storage piece usually found in the dining room? If you said "sideboard," "buffet," "server," "credenza," "cabinet" or even "console," you're correct. The fact is, shops and furniture makers use...
20 of the Coziest Dining Rooms on Houzz
To me, "cozy dining room" means a traditional, compact room with stone walls, a roaring fire, a wrought iron chandelier, upholstered chairs and a round wooden table atop an Oriental rug, preferably located in a Tuscan villa. Easy — we have a lot of...
10 Ways to Create a Warm and Welcoming Dining Room
One of the questions I hear most often is how to make the dining room feel more welcoming — and not just when company's coming but every day. It's natural to focus our attention on the more heavily used living and family rooms, but this means formal...
How to Seat Your Dinner Guests in Comfort
Whether it's once a year or every night, we want our family and friends to be happy in the dining room with more than just our excellent food and company. Catering equally to tall, small, robust or...
Color Feast: 6 Deliciously Uncommon Dining Room Color Combos
Previously in this series about dining room color, we discussed dining room color in terms of one dominant hue in the space. Let's step it up, color-wise, for the finale, and focus on...
Which Is for You — Kitchen Table or Island?
The eat-at kitchen island has become as de rigueur as energy-efficient appliances. It has revolutionized the kitchen experience, joining chef and diners in one space. We couldn’t possibly live without the island. Or could we? While the kitchen...
Smart Shopper: How to Choose a Dining Chair
In Grandma's day, newlyweds started out their marriages with a matching dining table and chairs. You never had to wonder if the pieces worked together. But the results were so predictable, they induced drowsiness faster than the tryptophan in a...
19 Ways to Create a Cozy Breakfast Nook
Whether you're drinking your orange juice and reading on a bleary-eyed weekday or gathering with the whole family for pancakes on Saturday, a breakfast nook is an ideal place to start your day. A mix of built-in booths, banquettes, chairs, tables curved...
Old Dining Room, New Use
A new movement in room redesign is afoot: If you don't use a room for its original function, transform it to serve a better purpose. This concept is no more popular than with the formal dining room. Think about your own home. When was the last time you...
Key Measurements for Planning the Perfect Dining Room
Formal dining spaces may be used less frequently than other areas in a house, but a dining room remains a desirable feature, whether it is a distinct room or integrated into an open plan. Shapes and sizes of dining tables, chairs and furniture need to...
Room of the Day: A Dining Room Makes a Dramatic Entrance
First impressions are everything. So for this dining room, the first room seen upon entering this traditional waterfront home in Baltimore, the homeowners wanted something that would really grab attention. They asked designer Elizabeth...
Who Says a Dining Room Has to Be a Dining Room?
Cathy Zaeske’s kids had moved on from their Lego blocks and taken up musical instruments, so it was time to get rid of the playroom that had taken over what had once been designated the dining area. Clearing things out gave her a good chance to rethink...
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