Wednesday, November 30, 2005

For less than 1,000 Square Footers!!! - The room planners: how to get more from your dining room

Paula and Phil Robinson, an interior design team, offer space-saving solutions, architectural advice and style tips. This week: how to get more from your dining room.

Paula suggests

Abandon the staid formality of the dining room set - but don't go to the extreme and lose the art of dining. Have a fabulous table that multi-tasks: inviting and inspiring at meal times, but practical and adaptable to other purposes between meals.

The table: Avoid the classic large, smooth rectangular table with matching chairs. The look is reminiscent of a boardroom and not conducive to good digestion! Choose a table with character and interest. Old wood always has warmth and charm, French walnut in particular. For a contemporary look, consider interesting combinations: glass and stone, steel and leather. Drop leaf, gate leg, and tables with removable leaves are ideal if you don't entertain regularly while round tables make for relaxed dining and are easier on the eye. Narrow rectangular tables (around 85cm wide) are more intimate than wider ones - but still practical.
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