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New House Dining Room Challenge
April 2, 2014 in Design Dilemma
This picture shows the dining room and entry portion of the great room in our new Florida house under construction. We did some altering of the spaces to give us storage in the adjoining laundry room and a double entry door. But in so doing, we ended up with an unexpectedly small dining room area - 9' (from corner to edge of front door) x 11' (from corner to the end of the china hutch wall) - with no demarcation of space. So my questions are - How would you arrange furniture in there? Would you create a sitting area with a gate-leg table that can be opened up for dinner parties (we have a breakfast nook for day-to-day dining). Or would you put in a round table that has a few leaves, so that a chandelier wouldn't look odd hanging there. Which brings me to my second question - I have to choose lighting for the entry way and the dining room and I'm at a loss. You can see that the lights will only be about 9' apart so they have to compliment each other, but how do you do that with a high hanging entry light and a low hanging chandelier so close to each other? Finally, how would you demarcate the space since that whole area has the same flooring - tile. We could build a short wall between the front door and the dining area. Or I could use a piece of furniture to create the feeling of an entryway. What do you think? Thank you SOOO much for your help. I wake up thinking about this!