For day-to-day use, this space is used for laid-back, casual dining. The cool pastel palette keeps the room looking young and fresh and the unexpected use of kitchen island lighting over the dining table helps keep the spot brightly lit after dark.
By simply adding a book tower to one corner for keeping favorite hardcovers handy and on display, and incorporating a rolling caddy to house art and craft supplies, the space is perfectly equipped to be used for creative and work purposes any day of the week.
One of the best ways to maximize your money when furnishing one space for several uses is to consider an eclectic style. This creative workstation is made of a mashup of midcentury modern and coastal cottage side chairs, a transitional white painted table, a geometric rug, industrial-style lighting and playful touches.
Large drum pendant lights hang from the ceiling above this long, white dining room table with tropical-style chairs. A tufted armchair adds a pop of color at the head of the table, while bamboo blinds lighten the dark gingham curtains.
Family-Friendly Dining Nook With Large Framed Portraits
This family-friendly breakfast nook is designed to feel warm and relaxing. The high-gloss white finishes on the floors, furnishings and even the window treatments help reflect the natural light. The space-saving round table creates a more casual environment, and oversized photos make a statement that family is at the heart of this home.
Transitional Dining Room With Black and White Wallpaper
For part of the final challenge on HGTV Design Star season seven, contestant Britany gave this once functionless dining room an eye-catching makeover. The wallpaper and wainscoting create a high-end look that nods to Britany's trademark graphic style.
French-Country-Inspired Dining Room With Blue Accents
Blue upholstery, accents and artwork give this neutral dining room a French-country sensibility. The space's color scheme complements the adjacent living room, which also prominently features blue throughout.
This beautifully landscaped courtyard includes an arched arbor and stone pathway that leads to a covered patio and outdoor dining area surrounded by container plants and tall topiaries. Traditional chandeliers are covered in leafy vines to continue the garden look.
Transitional Dining Room With Crystal Chandelier & Layered Place Settings
Crystals hang from the chandelier over this gorgeously decorated dining table. Enjoy the beautiful outdoor view from one of the tall-backed chairs seated with decorative place settings. The circular wood table fits the space well leaving space to maneuver through the room.
Transitional Blue Dining Room With Linen Slipcovered Chairs
In this designer dining room, four side chairs with slipcovers in stonewashed linen offset the heaviness of the tall upholstered armchairs. Besides being super comfortable, the slipcovers are user-friendly, too. Should dinner parties result in spills or stains, the slipcovers can simply be tossed into the washing machine.
Dining Room With Modern Furniture and Classic Style
This transitional dining room is designed using clean modern furnishings with a touch of traditional style. The draperies are a classic style made more modern by the silk and velvet scroll fabric. The finishing touch to this room is the modern take on a traditional chandelier. The cut crystals in a warm muted silver-leaf finish adds the perfect glow.
This fresh-feeling dining room was once the home's sun room, but it's plentiful natural light made it so appealing as a place to gather over meals. Keeping the furnishings simple adds to the bright, airy feel.