Integrating your kitchen into your dining room is a great idea if the ground floor of your building has an open design.
Are you fortunate enough to have a sizable kitchen with enough room to add a dining area while maintaining your more formal dining room with all its original walls? Then blending the two rooms may be the best course for your building.
Here are some strategies for successfully integrating an eating area into the kitchen.
Deciding between an Open-Concept Dining Area or an Eat-In Kitchen
When picking a table for an eat-in kitchen, your decision-making process could be different from when buying a dining room set for an open floor plan.
The latter option lends itself to a more formal style and feel, while the former may call for a more robust, easy-to-clean set that can withstand greater abuse.
Spend some time trying out the chairs in both scenarios to ensure that they are comfortable, especially if you want to use the set in an eat-in kitchen where the table will likely double as a hangout area.
Upholstery made of indoor or outdoor fabric is usually wise because it makes cleanup much simpler.
Determining the Shape of the Area
Identify the kind of space you have available. You can choose from a variety of shapes if the area is fairly large. If not, the table should accommodate the design of the room as it is.
Oval or rectangular tables often fit square rooms the best, whereas square spaces are best suited for square or circular tables.
Experts advise using a shape that adds something unique to the table when dealing with vast space and a variety of shapes.
A round or oval table would be fantastic for softening the ninety-degree angles in the countertops, cabinets, and island.
On the other side, a square or rectangular table can be exactly what the room needs if you’ve selected countertop materials that can be curved or rounded.
Considering Access and Comfort
The last thing you want to happen after setting up your new table is to discover that there isn’t enough space for guests to get in and out of their chairs.
For accessible dining areas, it is recommended to leave at least thirty-six inches between the edge of the table and the closest solid surface such as a wall, buffet, or island.
You might need a little more space on one side or the other to make room for frequent visitors who use mobility assistance.
Adding Furniture That Blends in with the Kitchen’s Cabinets
Your kitchen most likely consists of fitted cabinets, with perhaps one or two freestanding items. The boundary between one space and the next is blurred if you choose a statement piece of furniture such as a dresser, sideboard, or dining table that will stand in the dining area and is in the same style as your cabinets.
Instead of wall cabinets matching the dining table, you can utilize shelving in certain kitchen areas.
It takes more than just zoning the area and removing walls between rooms to create an open-plan design. You don’t want to make the impression that many rooms have been merged.
That’s why you must pay great attention to your decorating plans if you want to create something that feels connected but still distinct.
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