The dining room branches out with benches that can be used around the table or as standalone seating in the sitting room. Whimsical wallpaper adds a bold layer of color to the space and helps tie the two areas together.
Benches have a more informal and inviting vibe than the usual set of chairs, plus you can fit extra guests. It’s OK if the wood finishes don’t match—they’ll blend just fine. If you want to pair an upholstered bench with upholstered chairs, stick with equally rich shades, like these yellow and blue jewel tones. Find upholstered kinds with turned legs from Wisteria or get them secondhand. The diamond-print fabric on this one is by Perennials. (Room design by Jenn Feldman Designs)
A yellow tufted bench provides sunny seating around the wood dining table. Mixed throw pillows add extra color to the design featuring pops of blue pattern. Hardwood floor makes a seamless transition between the dining space and the connected kitchen.
To give the HGTV Dream Home 2015 dining table a cozier look, a plush bench sits in for traditional wooden chairs. “We did a banquette that’s upholstered, which could accommodate three children and even three adults,” says interior designer Linda Woodrum.
Whitewashed furniture brings a charming elegance to this dining room featured on HGTV's Design Star. Centered on a neutral area rug, the dining table includes two painted benches. Hardwood floors and paneled walls complete the casual, cozy look.
Though the open, two-story dining room in HGTV Dream Home 2015 is breathtaking, that openness can sometimes negatively affect the room’s acoustics. Luckily, interior designer Linda Woodrum knew just how to alleviate that issue. “When you have a tremendous amount of volume, you’re looking for ways to help with acoustics,” explains Linda. “So the more fabric you get in the room, the more you help with acoustics.”
A reclaimed dining table and benches are rustic accents in this contemporary dining room. Bright colored table settings and a bold, black and white striped curtain pops against the white walls and neutral toned furniture.
Space is utilized well int his open design home. A banquette table and window bench seating allow for extra floor space in the dining area. Purple pillows bring a splash of color while black chairs add simple, sleek lines to the design. A long table rests against the back of the sofa to solidify the divide between the dining and living room.
You can choose to eat at the dining area inside or dine alfresco at this waterfront home in Tampa, Fla. A dark wood dining table and benches on either side offers casual outdoor dining with a trio of candles as the centerpiece. A built-in grill and mini fridge makes it convenient to entertain guests here.