11 Beautiful Dining Rooms and Breakfast Nooks to Get Inspired By
Tips and tricks for elevating your dining space.
Written bySunsetOctober 16, 2020
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1 of 11Amy Bartlam
Make a Cozy Space Feel Bigger
Hang a mirror in any small nook to give the illusion that it’s bigger and opt for a round table in narrow spaces for more floor space.
2 of 11Amy Bartlam
Create Intimate Seating
We love the idea of a cozy cafe-like space for breakfast or coffee. This design by Shapeside accomplishes that by making use of built-ins and luxurious, pillow-like seating.
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3 of 11Jenna Peffley
Don’t Be Afraid of Art
Give your space some life with a large piece of art, or better yet hang up several of your favorite pieces, heirlooms, etc. to create a unique gallery wall.
4 of 11Thomas J. Story
You don’t need a desert rooftop to recreate this dining terrace from a Tucson Airbnb—instead, grab some string lights and durable textiles to create a cozy ambiance in your outdoor dining space.
5 of 11Brad Knipstein
Max Out Your Dining Space
In a small dining area, chairs can hog precious real estate. As an alternative, a built-in banquette nixes the need for chairs and makes the most of a tight footprint. Bonus points if you seating doubles as storage.
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Display Your Antique Finds
Have a family heirloom like this chandelier of old china and crates? Make your dining area the place to display them.
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Set a Theme
Want a country cabin vibe? Your dining room is the best place to start. Use non-traditional furniture like an old courthouse bench and metal chairs for a modern take.
Unify disparate styles of dining chairs by painting them all the same color. This is an easy way to make a set out of hand-me-downs and thrift store finds.
10 of 11Thomas J. Story
Adapt to Smaller Spaces
Undeterred by the narrow dining space off the kitchen, the design team behind this space opted for a slim dining table and built-in banquette set among a palette of warm earthy tones. The restrained elements, including soft, scalloped upholstery juxtaposed with wood-and-leather sling chairs and a linear brass light fixture to elevate this sunny nook.
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Go Ahead and Splurge
Some of the best memories happen at the kitchen table, so why not splurge on furniture, lighting, and tilework?