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It is said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. However, I would like to suggest that it is actually the dining room that is at the center of it all. The contemporary dining room is where the family gathers. Adults and children come together for a meal at the table.
Even creativity convenes at the dining table, likely with coloring books and paints spread about. We do a great bit of learning in the dining room, whether it is from each other or the daily task of homework. And, best of all, conversations are had at the dining table.
Since we spend so much time in our dining rooms, why not make it a place that you and your children love to be? So, let's discuss some contemporary dining room ideas for the family...
There are several elements that create a welcoming gathering place around the table. Although most pieces are obvious and very necessary, others are optional and are there to add interest.
The star piece, certainly, is an attractive dining table. There are many options available and personal preference can play a big part in this decision. But, whether round or rectangular, I always find a rustic table works great for families like in this image above from The Style Files. Not only does it have character and add warmth, but it can, also, handle wear and tear and a million spilled milks.
When it comes to creative dining chairs, the options are endless. But, with little ones it is usually best to steer clear of fabric and go with chairs that can, easily, be wiped clean.
If you are looking to add interest, why not mix chairs and a bench or incorporate all different styles of dining chairs for a playful look (as seen in the first image by Milk Magazine)...?
Lighting can often be overlooked, as it is easy to just leave the standard light fixture in place. However, lighting is what really sets the tone and mood for the family dining room. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. Arc floor lamps are a great option if you don’t want to do traditional pendant lighting over your family table.
Here are a few of my favorite picks to get you started:
Don’t forget about the walls. Art places a big part in designing an area for the family to gather. This is where you can really have fun. A favorite idea is to blow up photos of your children, their artwork or their favorite food. I also love the look of a neon sign (pictured above from The Glitter Guide). The look is both modern and playful which translates to fun for both kids and adults alike.
And, to finish, accessorize with an area rug, one that hides spills and cleans up easily. Also, a few beautiful pieces to adorn the table, like greens in a vase, a bowl full of fruit or a tray filled with candles.
When you create a contemporary dining room for the family, you make room for a million memories to be born.
Jamie Young Campaign Silver 30-Inch-H Folding Dining Table, Zuo Anime Transparent Modern Set of 4 Dining Chairs, Possini Euro Arlo Chrome 18-Inch-H Pendant Light
Images: Milk Magazine, Andreas Stenmann via The Style Files, The Glitter Guide
A conversation that I have with clients on a regular basis is whether to have open shelving or not have open shelving in their modern kitchen design. Stylish open shelving is not for everyone and I constantly preach that. BUT it is a beautiful, light and airy detail that can make a kitchen feel more modern and updated.
Yes, you do have to keep the shelves tidy and dust free and yes, you only will want to display your most favorite items. But if you are willing, adding open shelving will create a look that even your guests will gasp with delight! The open shelving can also help make room for creating a designer look with modern hanging light fixtures.
Above we see rustic wood shelves displayed on subway tiles in this image from House & Home. The mixture of both give a modern industrial approach to this kitchen.
To create a streamlined look, use stainless steel shelving like in this kitchen image above from Bolig. They are really easy to clean but make sure they stay smudge free. White accessories look fantastic on stainless!
Another lovely option for open shelving is to use simple white shelves like this idea above from A Cut of Joe. Everything that you display against the white will pop. It also allows you to mix and match different colors, styles and materials.
These shelves in this image from Styles Decor look much more edited compared to the other three choices because they are custom and built to match the kitchen. This is the perfect option if you want to a more put together look in your kitchen space.
What are your thoughts concerning open shelving? Yay or nay?
Images: House & Home, Bolig, A Cup Of Joe, Styles Décor
Small space decorating can often be a struggle, but we have some tips for how to manage your tiny modern home. There's a few strategies you can implement, along with specific elements such as space-saving floor lamps, modern nesting tables or decorative mirrors.
This image above demonstrates the stylish benefits of nesting tables. Pull them out when you need more surface space or tuck them away on a daily basis.
Sometimes, with small spaces different areas overlap. Like this tiny dining area and kitchen above. The absolute best way to visually distinguish areas is with lighting. For small spaces, small pendant lighting is ideal. And if it sparkles, even better!
Mirrors, mirrors, mirrors! Whether you hang them on the wall or lean them on the floor, framed mirrors are a super easy way to help a space look larger than it is. Plus if you choose wisely, the style of frame can add tons of personality to a room as well.
Lean, and unobtrusive floor lamps are a key factor in small space living. You need light, but are often times short on surface area for table lamps.
If you have any questions or need some additional advice, don't hesitate to post a comment... Good luck with your tiny space!
Images: Your Ideas, Miriam Kenly, La Maison, Marry Bee
Image from Justina Blakeney
Lamp shades are so great because it's such an effortless, economical update for a room. Whether you add a new shade to an old lamp, or have several shades for your favorite lamp that you switch up when you get board, changing something as simple as a lampshade can have a HUGE impact on a space.
With so many patterns and textures to choose from, it can be difficult to know which lamp shade to pick for the lamp, so I've done the work for you! I've looked through the enormous selection of patterns and colors of lamp shades and picked out my favorites.
Multicolor Flowers Drum 13-Inches-H Lamp Shade, Orange Floral Drum 10-Inches-H Lamp Shade, Guatemalan Print Drum Lamp Shade 14x14x10 (Spider)
The first three are colorful and fun and would look great in spaces with a bohemian bend, spaces with lots of white that needed some bright, happy accents, and I could see them looking perfect in rooms that are going for a young and fresh vibe.
Black with Gray Scroll 11-Inches-H Lamp Shade, Blue Leaf Print Drum Lamp Shade 14x16x11 (Spider), Mud Cloth Print Drum Lamp Shade 15x15x10 (Spider)
These three lamp shades are perfect for gender-neutral spaces, rooms with lots of wooden, earthy elements, rooms that need a bit of whimsy, but not much color.
Geometric Shapes 11 1/2-Inches-H Orange Lamp Shade, Embroidered Hourglass 14-Inches-W Lamp Shade, Tan Ikat Pattern Drum 12-Inches-W Lamp Shade
And these three are good choices for sophisticated, well-traveled spaces, modern rooms that need a little punch of pattern, but with a soft color palette.
Which shade would you choose?
Image: Justina Blakeney
Bamboos are some of the fastest-growing plants in the world, not to mention beautiful. This makes them a sustainable decor option, as well as an effective use for stylish and modern home decorating ideas.
In addition to being used to construct all kinds of modern design objects, from flooring and furniture to home accessories, they have culinary and medicinal uses. They have also been used to create everything from paper to musical instruments and even textiles.
In China, bamboo is a symbol of longevity and in India it symbolizes friendship. It's no wonder that bamboo has been used for centuries to inspire and decorate homes around the world and continue to upgrade modern home styles today.
Image courtesy of Décor Demon
Besides its versatility and sustainability, I think it's a gorgeous plant with its segmented hollow stems and delicate leaves.
It's a playful way to bring the outdoors in.
Bamboo can be used as inspiration, like with these bamboo-shaped table legs on the brass tray table above, or as a material like with these bamboo base table lamps, or even as a motif like the bamboo print pendant lamp.
Adding bamboo in your modern home will add sustainability and create a look that is at once organic, laid back and chic.
1. Brushed Steel Lush Bamboo Giclee 5 1/2-Inch-H Pendant 2. Rift Reclining 24-Inch-H Nova Lighting Table Lamp 3. Jonathan Adler Meurice Antique Brass Metal Wall Sconce 4. Gold Leaf Bamboo Rectangular 32-Inch-H Tray Table 5. Thumprints Nandina Bamboo 31-Inch-H Unique Table Lamp 6. Collapsible Rice Paper Bamboo 51-Inch-H Floor Lamp 7. Stanton Bronze Metal Dimond Floor Lamp with Tray Table
Images: The Z Hush, Décor Demon
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