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How to Create a Traditional Dining Room

In many contemporary homes, dining rooms have been done away with, replaced with a dining area in an open plan kitchen and living space. However, you might be renovating a home with an existing dining room, or perhaps want to include a dedicated room for dining for practical reasons (such as entertaining). Here are the things to consider:

It makes sense to have your dining room as close to the kitchen as possible to limit the distance you have to travel with food from the kitchen. If you are building a new home and want a dedicated dining room this can be easily designed, but otherwise you might want to think about a multipurpose space with a dining table and dinnerware storage in it. Some people use a large entrance hall for dining.

If you plan on a separate dining room, this is often dictated by an existing table you might have. In addition to the table dimensions, a minimum of 1m of circulation space around the table is suggested but ideally more like 2m, certainly on at least two sides. You will want to store tableware nearby too, so keep room for a sideboard, dresser or built-in option.

Large windows and a stunning view will add wow to any dining space, but artificial lighting should also be carefully considered. Low-level lighting is great for ambience, but avoid anything too dim so you and any guests you might have can see their food.

Dining rooms are one of the areas where lighting designers take the opportunity to add a statement fitting — usually over the table.

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