Apartment Dining Room

Apartment Dining Room

1 Of 10 Pair a Round Table With a BanquetteThis classic combo is a highly efficient use of space. Together, they transform a bare corner into an elegant eating space.See more at The Glitter Guide » The Glitter Guide 2 Of 10 Flip OutApartment living generally devotes little more than a wall to eating. To make a dining room appear magically before her eyes, this homeowner installed a a sleek table that easily folds out at mealtimes.See more of this colorful home here » Kelly StuartAdvertisement – Continue Reading Below 3 Of 10 Use Walls WiselyOften considered a design no-no in other rooms, placing furniture against the wall frees up space for walking in this narrow dining area. Folding chairs stored neatly on the opposite wall can easily be grabbed when company arrives.See more at Apartment Therapy » Apartment Therapy 4 Of 10 Choose Shelves Instead of a CabinetChina cabinets or sideboards are lovely, but their bulk can dominate a room and uses space inefficiently. Floating shelves, on the other hand, can be customized to fit your needs (fill the whole wall with them, if you like!) and offer more flexible storage than standalone pieces.See more at Woodgrain Cottage » The Woodgrain CottageAdvertisement – Continue Reading Below 5 Of 10 Build in Seating and ShelvesBoth built-in bookcases and banquettes are meant to be directly next to the wall, offering as much seating, storage, and open floor space as possible — so when combined, they’re a like small dining room superhero.See more at Young House Love » Young House Love 6 Of 10 Choose Dual-Purpose FurnitureIf you had to sacrfice part of your dining room to your workspace, get the best of both worlds with a pretty desk. For parties, this blogger clears off this stately oak piece to use as a buffet.See more at Little Yellow Couch » Little Yellow CouchAdvertisement – Continue Reading Below 7 Of 10 Get a BenchUnlike chairs, a bench can seat more than one person (a handful of kids, if you’re lucky!) and tucks completely out of the way when not in use.See more at Amanda Medlin » Amanda Medlin 8 Of 10 Invest in a MirrorEmploy this bit of visual trickery to make any small room seem bigger: A mirror’s reflection is great at faking extra space, and bounces light around the room to make it seem airier.See more at Made By Girl » Made by GirlAdvertisement – Continue Reading Below 9 Of 10 Collect Matching DinnerwareOpen shelves are often the best storage option in a tight space, but you have to fill them wisely. Coordinating plates and serveware, like this pretty creamy collection, add a decorative element with a culinary tilt.See more at Shanty 2 Chic » Shanty 2 Chic 10 Of 10 Create a BoothTwo banquettes are better than one! This clever set-up makes room for an entire family in a tight corner — and offers hidden storage under the seats.See more at Dear Lillie » Dear Lillie
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Apartment Dining Room

More Than a Dining Room After years of apartment-dwelling, having a dedicated dining space feels like a true luxury. “My husband and I joke, ‘Oh, now we feel grown-up!’” Erin has been relishing the opportunity to entertain, inviting friends for impromptu wine-and-cheese nights—and recently, hosting her first official family holiday. Even when it’s not being used for entertaining, the dining room has become a key part of the family’s day-to-day. “Whether I post up at the table with my laptop or my husband’s there doing work in the evening while I’m making dinner, it’s just a really pleasant space to be in,” Erin says. “It really has become the center of where we gather right now.”
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Apartment Dining Room

Cozy, Chic Dining A cramped dining nook can become worthy of dinner parties with a few smart strategies. Use clear chairs or a glass-top table to visually expand the space and make it feel bigger, hang up some artwork, and adjust the lighting. Install wall-mount sconces that don’t need to be hardwired, or place lamps on a narrow console. If your dining area came with a chandelier, see if you can cover the bare bulbs with shades, which will diffuse the light, softening the room’s glow. How to Decorate a Small Apartment
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Apartment Dining Room

Michael Kristensen, a creative director who splits his time between Copenhagen and Bangkok, fell in love with this apartment when he first saw it, but he knew it would take some creative solutions. Michael loves to entertain, a feat which is made possible, even in a 430 square foot apartment that’s essentially just one room, by a custom-built sofa that stretches all the way along one side of the room. His dining table seats six but can be easily rolled out of the way when it’s not needed.
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Apartment Dining Room

The rustic dining area in Kip & Saadia McConville’s Park Slope home is their favorite element. “We commissioned our dining room table and benches from our friend Ethan Abramson. I think one of the biggest challenges living in a small New York apartment is finding furniture that fits into tiny and specific spaces, and it was great to give him the dimensions of the nook between our living room and kitchen and have him create exactly what we wanted. The benches for the table are a bonus, as we can pull both out for extra seating when a lot of people are over, or use one as a piano bench. On rare occasions we use them for what they’re actually intended for and eat at the table!”
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Apartment Dining Room

Apartment Assets Turn awkward apartment features in your favor. Tap odd corners or narrow closets for storage or a cozy seating area for one. In this living room, two narrow nooks provide storage for office and crafts supplies, and curtains can be drawn to conceal the spaces. Get more ideas for decorating a small space.
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Apartment Dining Room

In any small space, using mirrors is a decorating trick that works wonders. They reflect light and make a space feel bigger. Hang a large mirror in your apartment’s dining space, living room, or bedroom across from a window, so it is in a prime position to receive natural light and reflect it back into the room.
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Apartment Dining Room

Shine On In any small space, using mirrors is a decorating trick that works wonders. They reflect light and make a space feel bigger. Hang a large mirror in your apartment’s dining space, living room, or bedroom across from a window, so it is in a prime position to receive natural light and reflect it back into the room. Shop mirrors under $100!
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Modern FlooringParquetIn The BedroomWashing MachinesWashing Machine In KitchenMy WebsiteSeparateWhat IsBedroomsForwardsA separate wall of tiles with flower motives in the kitchen is what breathes life and style into the interior. The kitchen features a laundry corner, but the washing machine is “hidden” in a subtle way. This 4-room HDB apartment is an excellent example of how subtle mix and match can be. What is interesting about the interior is that the designer opts for more modern flooring materials in the dining room, such as tiles, but still sticks to parquet in the bedroom and other rooms. In the…See more
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A separate wall of tiles with flower motives in the kitchen is what breathes life and style into the interior. The kitchen features a laundry corner, but the washing machine is “hidden” in a subtle way. This 4-room HDB apartment is an excellent example of how subtle mix and match can be. What is interesting about the interior is that the designer opts for more modern flooring materials in the dining room, such as tiles, but still sticks to parquet in the bedroom and other rooms. In the…
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Modern FlooringParquetIn The BedroomWashing MachinesWashing Machine In KitchenMy WebsiteSeparateWhat IsBedroomsForwardA separate wall of tiles with flower motives in the kitchen is what breathes life and style into the interior. The kitchen features a laundry corner, but the washing machine is “hidden” in a subtle way. This 4-room HDB apartment is an excellent example of how subtle mix and match can be. What is interesting about the interior is that the designer opts for more modern flooring materials in the dining room, such as tiles, but still sticks to parquet in the bedroom and other rooms. In the…See More
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Some vintage apartment buildings come with gorgeous built-ins, ideal for storing modern necessities. If your apartment is lacking, fake the look by flanking a doorway with identical bookcases that reach almost to the ceiling and install moldings around the tops of the shelves. As a style bonus, paint the bookcase before installation, or line the backs with pretty paper.
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Adapt Your Apartment Finding nonpermanent ways to update your apartment is key to making a rental feel like home. You might want to switch out your sink, but your rental agreement makes it a no-go. Instead, modify it to suit your tastes. Hang a skirt around an open sink, using adhesive-backed hook-and-loop tape to hide unsightly plumbing. Hide baskets or a low shelving unit of bathroom essentials behind the skirt.
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Faux Built-In Some vintage apartment buildings come with gorgeous built-ins, ideal for storing modern necessities. If your apartment is lacking, fake the look by flanking a doorway with identical bookcases that reach almost to the ceiling and install moldings around the tops of the shelves. As a style bonus, paint the bookcase before installation, or line the backs with pretty paper.