Dining Room Trends and Classics

By Sklar Furnishings

Design Inspiration, Tips & Trends

June 26, 2015

Dining rooms have evolved quite a bit in the last few years and we are seeing more and more of them combined with another room in the house to create a multi-purpose room. In many homes there is one table to eat at, serving as both the dining room and breakfast nook.

Trends do tend to emerge out of each other and the popularity of the circular dining room table is the perfect example.

The circular table lends itself particularly well to homes that don’t have a designated dining room for example, where the dining area is combined with the living room. This actually creates a fluidity that is perfect for entertaining as guests can enjoy cocktails and appetizers in the seating area and then make their way to the dining table for the meal. The circular table takes up less space in the room and it performs well in a multi-purpose space creating a very family-like supper vibe as guests are often seated closer and facing each other.

Worth noting is that the modern dining table is no longer accompanied by matching chairs, perfectly reflecting the more relaxed take on entertaining and dining that exists in the modern home.

For the classic long and narrow dining room table, there is also the option of using bench seating on one or either sides of the table – again emphasizing the more casual direction dining has taken in the home.

When selecting dinnerware…

Entertaining should be fun and as easy as possible.  One way to lessen the workload is to select dishes that are durable and dishwasher safe. Porcelain, earthenware and stoneware are all strong materials that can withstand years of use and the dishwasher.

The best way to ensure your plates won’t go out of style is by picking a classic white set of round plates. This sort of dinnerware will carry your from breakfast to your most formal dinner party. As trends evolve you will be able to continue using white plates as the base for every table setting without feeling limited. Decorative items like table runners, candlesticks, centerpieces and napkins can all help to set the ambiance and tie into your dinner theme.

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