6 Clever Solutions For Maximizing Your Dining Space

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The dining room is an area in our homes that's often overlooked due to space — or lack thereof — issues. Fortunately, Viyet has rounded up six inspiring ideas that demonstrate there is a way to create a place to have a civilized meal in one’s home (no matter how small). Whether you crave a quiet nook for enjoying your morning latte or want to finally be able to entertain friends without having to sit around the coffee table, the photos ahead prove there is a dining option for you.
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You Want: Multiple Options For Frequent Guests

“I wanted the design of this space to feel fresh and open while maximizing the apartment's stunning city views and plentiful natural light,” says designer Sarah Steele. At Viyet, we love that she opted for a neutral palette and clean-lined furnishings that, though beautiful on their own, didn’t compete with the gorgeous view. Because this apartment had an open floor plan, Steele carved out different seating areas that give plenty of entertaining options. “I love that the dining space is contained enough for an intimate dinner, yet open to the rest of the space making it perfect for entertaining guests,” Steele says. For more casual evenings, guests can pull up a seat at a kitchen counter.
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A glossy pedestal table is the modern choice for creating a dining vignette. It can also work as a desk.
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You Want: A Casual Kitchen Table Vibe

For Alia Ahmed-Yahia, Elle Style correspondent and founder of The Style Scout, it’s all about making loved ones feel right at home. “We have an open door policy for guests,” she says. Her dining area, which pretty much sits right in the middle of her kitchen, offers an informal (yet chic) setting for get-togethers. She chose a tall, almost bar-height table to anchor the space. Bonus: This table also doubles as extra workspace when she needs it. Bar stools were, of course, a natural choice — she chose a bright green option that helps bring color into the predominantly neutral room. To give them wit and warmth, Ahmed-Yahia topped each with a cozy fur throw.
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Industrial stools add edge to a high top table — or a bar-height counter.
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You Want: A Dramatic Dining Area That’ll Define Your Space

Looking at this elegant dining area, it’s hard to imagine that it was once a small, dark, and cramped space. But, that’s exactly what designer Will Cooper of Ash started with in this Sag Harbor cottage. Double French doors, new windows, and open shelving helped foster an open, airy feeling. At Viyet, we are firm believers in the power of statement lighting. To to help define the new space, Cooper chose a show-stopping light fixture that hangs above the gorgeous dining table. Contrasting Montgolfier balloon back white chairs almost disappear when viewed near the white walls, which helps preserve that feeling of open space.

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A bold, graphic pendant lamp makes any dining space shine (literally and figuratively).
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You Want: Stylish Storage

Stylist Stacey Mayesh wanted to incorporate plenty of storage into her open kitchen and dining area. On the opposite side of the kitchen's eating area (which is complete with comfy leather stools), a fresh white shelving unit displays a curated selection of dinnerware and books.
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A leather seat visually softens the contemporary lines of these modern stools.
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You Want: A Roomy Breakfast Nook

Because they’re typically small, breakfast nooks can often feel a little claustrophobic; fortunately, that's not the case in this well-considered nook from Marks & Frantz Design. Tailored furnishings go far to create a roomy vibe. However, the designers also used a few artful tricks that anyone can borrow: “Keep a small space light and neutral and add a dramatic focal point to draw the eye upwards, such as this chandelier.” A gallery-style arrangement of small artworks also helps draw the eye up.

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Surround a square pedestal table with bench seating to create a nook.
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You Want: Something That Won’t Waste An Inch Of Floorspace

Yes, even the smallest space can have its own dining area. J&G Design transformed this 250-square-foot apartment (you read that correctly) to fit the homeowner’s busy lifestyle. Since the client works from home often, a separate sleeping area helped create a boundary between work and personal time. Then, it was all about creatively maximizing space. As a result, an unused corner became a convenient bistro-inspired dining spot. All you need is a sleek accent table and two chairs.
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A “pocket” dining area is the place to use fabulous chairs that have plenty of impact.

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