Many houses nowadays have an “open floor plan”. This means the dining area, kitchen, and living rooms all flow into each other without complete wall separations. It can be difficult to make each of these areas feel special and unique, especially the dining areas.
An open-plan living space gives your home a light and airy feel, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be one sprawlingly large room. Check out these ideas to zone off your dining area and create an intimate space in which to share dinner with friends and family.
ZONE THE FLOOR
You can separate your dining space by marking out the area on the floor. You also could use floor paint to mark out simple lines or create your own more elaborate design.
ADD A RUG
A simple way to zone the floor is to position a rug under the table. It will create a cozy area and feel wonderfully soft underfoot. To counteract food debris, go for something lightweight, so it can be easily picked up and shaken out.
USE NATURAL MATERIALS
You can add warmth to a space by introducing natural materials such as wood, plants, woven elements and fabrics. This solid wood table and the lovely textures surrounding it have created a snug spot in the center of the white room.
FRAME YOUR VIEWPOINT
The modern white table here sits in the middle of a concrete floor and is surrounded by white walls. These colorful artworks root the table to its spot and allow other elements to fall into place around it.
BREAK UP SPACES
You can make your open-plan space feel cozier by dividing zones with furniture. Any kind of barrier will help to break up the space and make it feel snug.
SOFTEN THE LINES
Isolate your dining space from any sharp edges in the rest of the room by choosing a curvy table. The dark, industrial kitchen here provides a moody backdrop to the soft, white dining table and chairs.
WARM UP WITH FABRICS
A great way to make a plain dining space feel comfy is by adding some cheerful cushions. The bright fabric on the seat cushions here livens up the simple wooden table and adds a comfortable element to the space.
BRING IN COLORS
Cozy up your dining table by surrounding it with color. An easy way to do this is by choosing bright chairs. Alternatively, paint your existing chairs in either one bright color or a variety of shades.
BUILD IN BENCH SEAT
Cushioned benches are comfortable and flexible. Make the most of an open-plan space by building one next to other elements in the room.
HAVE EVERYTHING CLOSE AT HAND
Create a comfortable space by bringing in practicality. The wall-to-wall sideboard in this dining area has plenty of room for glasses and tableware, which makes the area an easy place to be.
Entertaining friends and family is more sociable in an open-plan space as everyone can be part of the action, including the cook. People have fallen in love with open-plan living as it suits our casual eating habits and love of indoor-outdoor flow, particularly during the warmer months.