Tag Archives: Dining Room

Dining Room Storage

20 Sep

Add a storage solution to your dining room, and go from clutter to clean.

Dining room storage furniture has many names, depending on its design, what part of the country you live in and the style of your home, including sideboard, china cabinet, hutch, buffet, breakfront and baker’s rack.

A dining room storage solution is both functional and beautiful. It’s a place to keep needed dining room elements, such as flatware, table linens, china, serving dishes, liquor, candles and more. At the same time, a storage solution can display your most beautiful dining objects. And, as far as practicality is concerned, you can actually use it as a serving place for drinks and appetizers, coffee and dessert, or a whole buffet meal!

A major choice is whether your storage should have open or closed storage or glass fronts to protect items but still keep them on display. Many options include both open and closed storage areas so you can display your most beautiful china, glassware and serving pieces, and, at the same time, hide the less-display worthy pieces!

Some storage solutions are built-in, which can help make a small dining area appear larger. And sometimes storage is disguised and tucked away under a window seat. Think about adding shallow wall-mounted shelves where you can display serving platters and glassware.

Dining room storage solutions come in all sizes, finishes, shapes and styles: old or new, traditional or modern, or anything in between. Popular styles include Victorian, craftsman, French provincial, mid century modern and industrial style. You can even repurpose a dresser or armoire meant for the bedroom.

Clear the clutter from your dining room and, at the same time, make your dining room more beautiful by adding a storage solution!

For more ideas or help with your next design project, contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co. 

A Casual Dining Spot Helps People Feel At Home.

8 Dec

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Formal dining rooms are a fabulous part of a house and home. But just because you have a formal dining room, casualdining2doesn’t mean you can’t have a casual dining space, too. Why not create a flexible and beautiful spot for unplanned get-togethers and daily family time – from lounging in the morning with a cup of coffee to afternoon homework to late evening talks with a cup of tea? And when guests are invited, it’s nice for them to be close to the cooking action, enjoying a pre-dinner beverage and chatting with the chef!

A casual dining spot is usually in the kitchen or great room, but it can becasualdining3 somewhere else too, maybe even outdoors if you live in a year-round moderate climate! And it doesn’t have to be a stand-alone table and chairs, but instead can be a counter top with high stools or a built-in table with a banquette. Practicality is key when creating a casual dining spot.

You will want to plan for:

  • Washable surfaces
  • Comfortable seating
  • Flexibility to use the space for homework and as a buffet
  • Durable materials for chairs or stools, maybe even washable slip covers
  • Good lighting, since this area may be used for schoolwork or catching up on email
  • Open shelving nearby so family and guests can help set the table or hand the cook a serving dish or pot.

casualdining4A casual dining spot can come in most any decorating style. A contemporary look with mid-century furniture will give off a casual vibe, while a traditional or country look will feel comfortable and safe. Don’t worry about everything perfectly matching in style or material. Part of the charm of casual dining is its unpredictability. Think kid-friendly, family-friendly, and friend-friendly when designing a casual dining spot in your house. You and your loved ones will love the spontaneity this flexible space provides.

 

 

For more ideas or for help with your next design project, please contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co..

An Inviting Dining Room

21 Sep

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An inviting dining room makes your guests feel welcome.

For a while, many people weren’t interested in a formal dining room and even converted their dining rooms into diningroom2libraries, billiard rooms or offices. Today the dining room is back! Many homeowners want to create a beautiful setting for dining with their family and friends. A dining room’s function is key, of course, but the dining room is about so much more than just eating a meal. It’s about the experience and the ambiance people feel when they dine in your home.
Your table is the anchor of your room, and the chairs are key. These are long-term investments that you’ll have forever, if you purchase high quality. And don’t forget a sideboard or china cabinet to store dishes, silverware and linens close at hand. Here are some tips to optimize your dining room:

  • Think about whether you need a table with leaves, if you plan to entertain a crowd.diningroom3
  • Make sure the chairs are comfortable and the right height for the table.
  • Use mirrors to make the room seem larger.
  • Change the look of your table with linens and table settings, and the look of your chairs with slipcovers.
  • Add interest to your walls with wallpaper, an accent painted wall or wainscoting.
  • Plan for beautiful lighting, including a chandelier, and even wall sconces or buffet lamps.
  • Add window coverings that provide both beauty and function, especially when the late afternoon sun is streaming in.
  • And, of course, decorate your dining room for the holidays for added cheer.

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Update your dining room this season to get ready for the holidays and create a look that lasts all year long!

 

 

 

 

For more ideas or for help with your next design project, please contact us here at Delux Drapery & Shade Co

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