The kitchen is the place where most family dining happens. Take a look at some different dining options.
When working with a smaller space, a window seat is the perfect solution to add extra seating.
A custom octagonal, quartz-topped table surrounded by three chairs and a freestanding banquette "offers a lot of seating in a tight space," says designer Melissa Haynes. The pair of fruit drawings gives a subtle nod to the room's color scheme.
This homeowner uses her peninsula on a daily basis for casual dining, but it also serves as a buffet and bar while entertaining.
A kitchen that’s open to the dining area is a good layout for the social cook. “A wonderful kitchen that’s big enough to have friends and family nearby while a meal is being prepared is the difference between a good house and a great one,” says homeowner Michael.
The furnishings in this breakfast area mirror the color palette established by the cabinetry and countertops.
A built-in booth takes advantage of a tight space. The benches are easy to clean with vinyl upholstery.
A built-in banquette is not only a stylish kitchen seating option; you can also use the space under the seat to store small appliances and other oversize items.
This homeowner used bright upholstery on her dining chairs to accent a neutral kitchen.
Use an eclectic mix of seating types, like benches and dining chairs, around your table.
For a softer look, cover wooden chairs with washable slipcovers.
Don’t like dangling your feet from a barstool? Instead of using bar seating at your island, tuck a dining table underneath the bar ledge.
A table on casters can be rolled out of the way when necessary.
See more kitchen dining ideas in our Dining in the Kitchen video.
Furthering her plan to enhance the room's architecture, designer Suzanne Kasler turned one corner of the kitchen into a cheery dining area with an L-shaped built-in bench that mimics the cabinetry. To keep the dining nook cozy (not restaurant-like) she surrounded the metal bistro table with slipcovered armchairs and hung a sparkly chandelier above.
To maximize the footprint of this Palm Beach, Florida pied-à-terre mother-daughter design duo Marjorie Johnston and Wendy Barze completed a gut renovation. Opening the dining room to the kitchen created a cohesive space.