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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
Trina McNeilly is a freelance writer and style scout. She shares her stories and design related finds on her daily lifestyle blog La La Lovely. Since it's start in 2008, La La Lovely has become a daily source for inspiration and advice when it comes to all things design and style related. Trina's work has been featured on Apartment Therapy, The Equals Record, Houzz and recently in the Land of Nod catalog. When Trina isn't stringing words together, styling spaces or scouting online finds she is running about trying to keep up with her four little ones. Follow Tricia on Google+
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